Dear Journey Congregation,
We would like to invite you to become a Partner of Journey Church. Partnership is more than simply a statement of where you worship, it is a commitment to the mission and ministries of Journey Church. Partners follow Journey’s vision of being a church that serve together and are real with God, ourselves and others, while serving in our community and abroad. We model this through our small groups and doing life with each other as we do life with God.
To know what it is to be a partner of something versus just a member, let us first compare the word “membership” with the word “partnership.” Some of us have been or are currently members of a gym or fitness club. This means we pay fees and have access to the club. With these fees, we expect certain things: nice equipment, working lockers, pleasant staff. As members, we pay for what we get. If we don’t like what we get, we leave.
With partnership, however, this completely shifts. Now we are talking investments, mutual goals, and collaboration. As in relationships that matter: friends, family, and significant others there is a sense of investing ourselves, of putting energy into something to create an enduring foundation. Over the years, those who invest in their relationships will see their investments grow.
The Bible teaches us time and time again that our path to spiritual progress greatly depends on our power of giving. Serving on a committee, being part of a small group, attending services, changing a light bulb. These are all ways of giving of your time and talents. This helps us see ourselves as part of the crew, not just passengers. As human beings, we are meant to be partners with God, not just members of creation.
We hope this will help encourage you by understanding the grand difference between being a partner and just a member. As you connect with the other partners of Journey, you will develop a deeper sense of significance and belonging in the family of God as a partner of Journey Church.
Every year we will invite you to examine your heart and decide if you would like to renew your partnership.
As a partner you will have certain privileges. They are as follows:
- Amend the by laws
- Exclusive power to hire a Senior Pastor
- Exclusive power to adopt or amend annual budget and authorize financial matters exceeding 10% of annual budget.
- Nominate/affirm/remove Elders
- Exclusive power to authorize merger or affiliations with any other church
- Exclusive power to dissolve the church
- Exclusive power to decide any matter the Elders are not able to decide in the bylaws.
The application will ask for information about the following three prerequisites that will be important in your role as a partner of Journey: