What is Partnership?
Partnership is for those who desire to become an official partner of City Life. We use “partnership” instead of “membership” because it signifies that joining our church isn’t the goal -- active participation in the vision that God has called this church family to in our city and world is our main prerogative.
Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty, but it’s also wonderful. When Partners join, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical responsibility, which entails service and sacrifice to and for their brothers and sisters. Our Elders and leaders also enter into covenant with you to assist our Partners with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.
Steps to Partnership
Step 1: Partnership Class and Elder Interview
As you consider joining the City Life, we offer a 4-week class that discusses what it means to be a Partner, as well as discuss our vision and values, basic beliefs, strategy for discipleship and serving the city. We desire you to know exactly what it means to partner together, what expectations exist, and investigate how you can serve our church family. At the conclusion of the class, each person will sit through an elder interview that discusses one’s gospel story, the vision of City Life Church, and one’s responsibilities as a contributing Partner.
Step 2: Baptism
See “Baptism” handout and contact Pastor Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about our next Baptism Class.
Step 3: Presentation to City Life Church
Each Partner, following Elder approval, will be presented to and affirmed by the church in a Sunday service following completion of the class.
2015 Partnership start dates are February 8, July 12, and November 1. For additional information or questions, please contact Pastor Ben at email@example.com.