What is Partnership?
Partnership is our word for membership at Grace Bible Church.
In the Bible, “partnership” is often translated “fellowship” or “sharing.” Partnership describes the relational activity of co-working, loving, helping, contributing, and worshipping with local Christians (Romans 12:13; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Galatians 6:6; Philippians 1:5, 2:1, 3:10, 4:15). The biblical word “membership” is similar. It means belonging to Jesus’ spiritual body as diverse parts unified under the Headship of Christ (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Ephesians 4:25). We prefer the word “partnership” because it emphasizes active participation. Many of our partners will not be permanent residents of our community. Believers are all permanent partners in Christ’s universal family, but most believers will only temporarily partner with us in local church life.
God calls us to partner somewhere. Partnership with Christ means turning from sin and trusting in Jesus. Do you desire to be encouraged and challenged as a follower of Christ? Every Christian should encourage other Christians. Will this be the place you engage in cooperative discipleship? Your commitment invites other believers and leaders to engage you in personal follow-up and prayer. We commit to encourage you to persevere in your trust in Jesus. (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-5)
Ultimately, your commitment to partnership here is a commitment to love, encourage, and learn with other believers in this local church (Colossians 3:12-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; James 5:16; 1 Peter 4:8-10).
How to partner
The process for partnering with Grace Bible Church is simple.
- Print and fill out a Partnership Commitment Form(.pdf).
In the process of filling out the form, you will be asked to read our church constitution, which can be found here.
- Return your completed form to the church office, or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sign up for a Partnership Interview. You can either use our online system, or contact the church office to set it up.
- After the interview, our Elders will prayerfully respond to your commitment.