WHAT is a church partner?

It is a person who identifies him/herself with a local body of believers, committed to being a generous and active participant, according to the grace of Jesus, through the giving of their time, talents, and treasures. This includes participating in the biblical ordinances prescribed by God to be done in the church (baptism and Lord’s table) as well as being a person who serves (Mark 10:45), promotes unity (Ephesians 4:3), loves (John 13:34), encourages (Hebrews 10:25), gives (2 Corinthians 9:7), and respects the leadership that God has put in place (Ephesians 4:11-12).


This is what we would love to see you become.

WHy become a partner?

What is the importance of becoming a partner/member of a local church?

The answer is simple.  


Church membership is biblical.


Christ’s followers aren’t meant to simply attend church, rather we are called to BE the church.  We are called to commit to one local body of believers and begin serving, giving, loving, encouraging, and furthering the Kingdom of God.


God wants us to commit ourselves to a local church. This can be looked at in three ways:


1. 1 Corinthians 12:14 states: “For the body does not consist of one member but of many.”  This is where we are introduced to the word “member” in the New Testament as it relates to the church.  We know that 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14 is specifically talking about not only the global church but also the local church and that we identify ourselves with the head of the church (Jesus Christ – Ephesians 1) as members of His body (i.e. feet, hands, ears, eyes, etc…).  That is our validation within the body of Christ.  That is our identification.  A similar implication is held for those who have gym memberships.  People become members of a gym in order to identify with that one specific gym.  There are many gyms to choose from, each one accomplishing the same objective (to give people the chance to get in shape), but one must become a member of that particular gym in order to identify with it.


2. Acts 2:47 states: “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”  This term “added” gives us the sense that there was something to which these numbers were being added to (the church).  This is definitely referring to the local body of Christ because we know that it is speaking of the church in Jerusalem.  Again, using the above analogy, individual gyms shoot for the goal of adding numbers to their particular gym, just as individual churches should be focused on adding numbers to the family of Christ.  And the end result is that these people, upon their commitment, become members.


3. Accountability within the church gives us the third and final example for why church membership is biblical.  God’s people are exceptionally loved and valued by Him.  The church has the ability to fulfill the requirement of an appropriate measure of care and accountability that we all need.  When challenges, difficulties and brokenness experienced by all of us at times transpires, the church will be there to implement Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted,” a  loving, compassionate, and sustainable process of restoration.  This is the goal, care, oversight and if need be restoration for each member of the body of Christ.  This process would not apply for somebody who is not a member.  This type of approach within the church is biblical and obviously important but it would not be necessary and would frankly be irrelevant if church membership wasn’t also a valid Biblical concept.

STEPS TO BECOME A PARTNER

  • Read the partnership booklet
  • Attend a partnership class
  • Meet with an Elder
  • Sign the covenant

Click here to download the Partnership Booklet

INTERESTED in partnership?

Partnership is funneled through our Community Groups. If you’d like to become a covenant partner of Aletheia Norfolk, get in touch with your Community Group leader and he/she will be happy to walk you through the process. If you’re not in a Community Group, feel free to email us and we’ll get you started on the path to becoming a covenant partner.