Embark does not have members. We have Ministry Partners.
We are not members
Being a ministry partner is different from being a “church member.” In our contemporary, American culture, “church membership” all to often is defined as being simply affiliated with a church, just like with a community service organization. No expectations are established and met, attendance is sporadic and most are not involved in the lives of others. In short, there is little more than a surface level connection marked by shallow relationships and nominal spiritual growth.
We are Ministry Partners
Ministry Partner’s are recognized by three things:
- COMMITTED to their own spiritual growth, to the spiritual growth of others, to the mission and ministry of Embark Church as well as to the work that it entails. They can be “counted on” when needed. We, unashamedly, believe that if someone desires to be a ministry partner of Embark they are committed.
- CONNECTED to the church. We recognize that church is not a building, it is people. Those desiring to be ministry partners connect and participate in grow groups where real learning occurs, they hold others and others hold them for spiritual accountability and direction, they see themselves as “called” to be a part of Embark and recognize they are woven together with others and have become a “people.”
- CONVICTED about their desire to grow closer to Jesus Christ, one another and His church. They are self-motivated to pursue Jesus’s mindset, behavior and lifestyle. Jesus is not an afterthought to a busy day, He is pursued as the very CENTER of our day.
If this seems invasive, we understand. Intentionality and expectations are actually marks of the early church as it was born and moved out of the first century. These are the marks of a church that really WANTS to be CHURCH. We recognize the may not be for all and it is the reason we have a process for becoming a ministry partner.
The Ministry Partner Process
Start the process today by examining one of the related links