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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PARTNER
The difference between attendees and partners can be summed up in one word: commitment.
At Lakeside we recognize the need for a formal partnership.
1. The church is important to God.
Christ…loved the church, and gave Himself up to death for her. – Ephesians 5:25 (Wey)
2. We need to know who is a committed partner at Lakeside.
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Partnership identifies our family. Only partners can vote on the affairs of the church, and certain ministry positions require partnership—elders; small group leaders; committee chairs; trustees; etc.
3. We all need a spiritual home.
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A PARTNER?
At Lakeside we never ask our partners to do more than the Bible clearly teaches. We only expect our partners to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. These responsibilities are spelled out in the Partnership Covenant.
THE LAKESIDE PARTNERSHIP COVENANT
Having received Christ as my Lord and Saviour and being in agreement with Lakeside’s statements, strategy, and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Lakeside church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other partners to do the following:
1. I will protect the unity of my church.
• By acting in love towards others.
• By refusing to gossip.
• By following the leaders.
So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together. – Romans 15:19 (JBP)
Live in complete harmony with each other — each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.
– Romans 15:15 (LB)
Have a sincere love for your fellow believers, love one another earnestly with all your hearts.
– 1 Peter 1:22 (GN)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs. – Ephesians 4:29
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. – Hebrews 13:17
2. I will share the responsibility of my church.
• By praying for its growth.
• By inviting those far from God to attend.
• By warmly welcoming those who visit.
To the church…we always thank God for you and pray for you constantly. – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2 (LB)
Go out into the country…and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.
– Luke 14:23 (LB)
So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified. – Romans 15:7 (LB)
3. I will serve in ministry of my church.
• By discovering my gifts and talents.
• By being equipped and empowered to serve by my pastors.
• By developing a servant’s heart.
Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you. – 1 Peter 4:10 (JBP)
[God] gave…some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. – Ephesians 4:11-12
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…[who took on] the very nature of a servant.
– Philippians 2:4-5, 7
4. I will support the testimony of my church.
• By attending faithfully.
• By living a godly life.
• By giving regularly.
Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other.
– Hebrews 10:25 (LB)
But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ.
– Philippians 1:27 (JBP)
Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering. – 1 Corinthians 16:2 (GN)
A tenth of all you produce belongs to the Lord’s, and it is holy. – Leviticus 27:30 (GN)