What’s the difference between a Mission Partner and a Church Member?

What is the difference between a mission partner and a church member?  Here at C3 we have mission partners, not church members.  What is the difference between the two?  Here are a few.

Mission Partners see Celebration’s mission as a mandate, not a choice.  Church members like the mission, but don’t perceive it as a command from Jesus.  Our mission is to guide everyone into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.  This is the compass that guides our church.  Jesus said to make disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to follow him. (MT 28:19-20.)  Church members take this command passively, mission partners take it seriously.

Members often will say “my church”- as if the church exists for them and is owned by them.  Mission partners know the church belongs to God and God alone and it exists to please and glorify him.  Jesus died for the church.  He bought it with his blood.

Mission partners work together as a family and sacrifice personal preferences to achieve the mission.  Members are concerned about whether or not they are receiving the benefits and privileges of being a member.

Churches focused on membership are busy churches, but not productive toward the mission.  Mission partners are busy too, but they ruthlessly self-evaluate their activity and attitude to be focused on guiding everyone to a growing relationship with Jesus.

That’s a few of them.  What do you think?  What’s the difference between a mission partner and a church member?

 

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