Baptist churches are found in almost every country in the world, and there are approx 2,000 in the UK alone. As part of the world-wide Christian Church, Baptists form one of the largest families of faith, alongside other trinitarian Christian traditions such as Anglicans, Methodists, Reformed, etc. For Baptists the concept of family is important. The church is not so much a particular place or building, but rather a family of believers, committed to Jesus Christ, to one another and to serving God in the world. In this Baptist family everybody is equal, for everybody has a part to play in the service of God. There is no hierarchy of bishops or priests exercising authority over their members. Equality of status, however, does not mean that all have the same role. Each local Baptist church appoints its own leaders - or ministers - to have particular responsibility for preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Working alongside these ministers are also deacons (in our case largely elders), who together with the minister(s) form the leadership team of the local Baptist church. Baptists are grass-roots people, with a particular emphasis on the local church. These local churches are self-governing and self-supporting, ranging in size from twenty or so members to many hundreds. Each Baptist church is not independent but 'interdependent'; Baptists have always believed in associating with one another - and so the churches come together in regional, national and international spheres to promote and support the fellowship of Baptists everywhere. So the Baptists Together do very significant work and keep us all connected.