At Christ Church, we have "Covenant Partners" rather than members. Partnership invites new biblical metaphors… like Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV:
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
Partnership also emphasizes both privilege AND responsibility… it creates an opportunity to reset expectations about church in general…it brings a sense of both action and direction… and it captures the “sentness” of a community to live out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
Covenant Partnership at Christ Church is a way of saying, “I’m on the team! I share the vision!” As active partners, we take “ownership” for the healthiness of the church. We live out mutual responsibility and accountability toward one another. The New Testament gives accounts of the church making decisions, affirming gifts and leadership offices, and exercising good discipline toward those needing correction, reproof, encouragement and restoration. We need one another and partnering is one way of saying, “We are at each other’s disposal. We’re committed to one another!”
We understandably require that individuals be Covenant Partners if serving in a teaching capacity, leading a ministry team, being an Elder, Deacon, treasurer or staff member. Though everyone is invited to Congregational Meetings, only active Covenant Partners can vote on decisions such as the budget, calling a Pastor, affirming officers, and other major congregational decisions.
The first step in moving toward becoming a Covenant Partner is to attend one of our Explore Christ Church classes. Once you have completed that step, we invite you to attend a Covenant Partnership Dinner (for which we ask you to register). The last step is to meet with an Elder.
All Covenant Partners are invited to Quarterly Covenant Partnership Gatherings, as well as the Annual Meeting.
For more information, contact our Ministry Connector, Jill Doyle.