Saturday at 5:30PM we have another PARTnership Class. If you’re planning on coming, it’s at the Boys and Girls Club and it’s going to be upstairs (bet you didn’t know they even had an upstairs)
I just wanted to take a minute and share what PARTnership is and why we do it.
A lot of churches have membership. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just don’t like the word. I think the word “membership” is more of a selfish, prideful thing today than it should be and it doesn’t really describe the relationship a person has with the church. When I hear someone say they’re a “member” – I hear that they’re attached to the degree that they feel is acceptable.
For instance, I hear people say they have a gym membership, and then I look at them, notice they’re unhealthy, overweight, untoned and out of shape. I see they’re attached, but not committed. People have a Sam’s Club, BJ’s or Costco membership. But people don’t get those to make the company better, they join to get cheap prices and make they’re lives or budgets better.
I think PARTnership more accurately describes how the church and believers relate. Believers are a PART of the Church universal, and they need to be a PART of a local church too. Believers all have spiritual gifts given to them by God for the benefit of all. Paul talks about that in 1 Corinthians 12 and he reminds us that when it comes to the church, the church is like a body and “…the body is not made up of one PART but of many.” [v. 14] PARTnership implies that we are co-dependent and working together for the good of all, not just our own self-interests.
So, if you desire to be a PART of Discovery Church, understand that you won’t be comfortable here if you just want to “park your membership,” show up on Sundays and get something out of it without any intension of putting something into it. We’re asking God for workers because “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”. We’d love to have you PARTner with us in the work of reaching Greenville with the Good News of Jesus Christ. See you at 5:30 Saturday?