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 AS IS Church, 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. This class explains the purpose and mission of AS IS Church, answers any questions, and provides the opportunity to join the church or wait until the Lord directs you to do so.
At AS IS Church 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 AS IS Church 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 AS IS does church, and I want to be supportive and follow the leadership. I want to be a part of what God is doing through AS IS Church.”
As a leadership, we are saying, “We’ll help provide for your care and spiritual growth.”