I am of the Southern Baptist Faith, and every church of that Faith that I have taken Communion in usually performs this sacriment at given intervals, such as quarterly. My father-in-law is an Independent Baptist member. The pastor for his congregartion hasn't offered Communion since he has been the pastor there - some years hence. The reason the pastor gives for not giving Communion is that he thinks that many in attendance at the service might be taking it to their own destruction, as scripturally the ritual dictates that we should search our own hearts, and he thinks that many either won't consider these words or apparently don't have the wisdom to discern. This has troubled my father-in-law as he would like to take Communion on a regular basis. Being a fundamentalist believer, he is rather staid in his conviction not to take Communion outside his church body. I have heard from other Christians (Interdenominational friends) who have stated that you can administer your own Communion Service within your own family and that you don't need a "spiritual authority" to precide over this sacriment. My questions are thus: Are there guidelines for administering the sacriment within the Independent Baptist Faith that would preclude the giving of Communion??? Must a person's own pastor be the "spiritual authority" who administers the sacriment or can there be another substituted "authority" for the sacriment??? (Like say the Head Deacon or Elder, etc). What about self administering of this sacriment???