This past Sunday, we talked about a major change that will be taking place at Connect Christian Church. It was part of our series called “This Is How We Roll.”
On Sunday, I said that at the end of this long series, we are going to do away with church membership.
If you’ve been part of the church for a while, you know how the membership thing works. If you want to make your relationship with a local church “official,” you become a member of that church.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing. But I believe there is a better thing.
Partnership is a better thing.
Here’s why: Members have rights. Partners have responsibilities.
People who view the church through the lens of partnership, who are looking for ways to serve and contribute and support, make the church body healthy.
So when this current sermon series ends in early November, we are going to do away with membership. We are going to blow out our “membership roll” and start over. And we’ll be starting over by giving people the opportunity to sign on as partners.
Like I said on Sunday, the church is an army…but it’s a volunteer army. We don’t just assume that someone wants to partner with us. That would be arrogant and presumptuous, and we don’t roll that way. In November, everyone (including me) will have the chance to say, “I’m in! I want to support the mission and vision of Connect as a partner!”
This change isn’t just semantics. It’s not just about changing our wording. This is a fundamental change. It completely changes our paradigm of how we view our relationship with Jesus’ church.
I can’t wait to see what God will do in us and through us as we partner together to reach more people than ever with the love and grace of Jesus!
Mike Edmisten is Senior Pastor at Connect Christian Church.
Want more? Watch Mike’s message for a complete explanation of why “partnership” is Biblical.