It is common in our culture for people to place membership with different types of organizations. This enables them to receive services, rewards, or deals. Unfortunately that is not how Jesus Christ started the church. He did not offer a membership so people could come and be served… He commissioned his disciples (back then and today) to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt. 28:19-20 The Great Commission.
At Real Life Church SFL, we want owners not “members.” Most Christians “place membership at a church” but don’t take ownership of the vision, mission, and calling. It comes down to this mindset: members have rights; owners take responsibility. Our Goal at the ownership meeting is to share the expectations of church membership at our church and have those attending sign a church covenant. Upon completion of this meeting, ownership will be granted.
At Real Life Church SFL we have chosen to offer and recognize owners for three reasons:
1. It offers us the opportunity to recognize those Christ followers who feel called to be part of Real Life Church SFL and our ministries.
2. It communicates the individual’s alignment with our teachings, mission, vision, values, and culture, allowing us to entrust them with increasing responsibilities and leadership in the church. Committed relationships are biblical and have been modeled by God and His people throughout history.
3. It offers us the opportunity to acknowledge the commitment of care and communication we’ve made to each other.
As an owner you are saying, “I agree with how Real Life Church SFL does church, and I want to be supportive and follow the leadership. I want to be a part of what God is doing through Real Life Church SFL.”
As a leadership, we are saying, “We’ll help provide for your care and spiritual growth.”