Become a Partner
What is a Partnership?
The difference between "attenders" and "partners" can be summed up in one word: Commitment.
At Celebration we don't have members. We have partners. Why?
- Membership implies belonging to an organization whereas partnership implies being committed to God and to each other.
- Membership implies privileges associated with belonging whereas partnership implies being committed together in a task.
At Celebration, we believe the task of the church is to celebrate God's love with God's People in God's world. We celebrate God's love through worship and through service. We invite everyone to accept a personal loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We invite everyone to partner with us in serving our loving God through the power of the Holy Spirit. We desire to partner together to reach and to teach our world about God's love expressed though the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We invite you to partner with us for the following reasons:
- A Biblical Reason: God's love and glory is revealed through the partnership of Christ's Church. God has chosen to work through the partnership of His People called the Church (assembly). (Ephesians 3:14-21)
- A Practical Reason: Every team has a roster. Every school has an enrollment. Every army has an enlistment. It lists those who are partnered together in a task. Our partnership is a simple list those who can be counted on to help fulfill the task of God's church at Celebration. (Philippians 1:3-6)
- A Personal Reason: We need each other. God has uniquely gifted each person so that our gifts come together to help us grow in God's love and to spread God's love. Our accountability to God and to each other encourages us to grow in our relationship with God. (Eph. 4:11-16 & 1 Peter 4:7-11)
Commitment always builds character and unity. Partnership is an unselfish decision to join together in the task God gave us to accomplish through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)
How do I become a partner?
At Celebration we never ask any partner to do more than what the Bible clearly states. We only encourage our partners to do what the Bible clearly instructs Christians to do. These responsibilities are spelled out in the following Partnership Agreement.
Partnership begins with the following statement of faith:
"I am living in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I have been buried with Christ in Christian Baptism (immersed into Christ) and desire to love & serve God fully through the power of the Holy Spirit. I understand and agree with the structure of leadership plus the direction and strategy of the task God is calling Celebration to accomplish. After much prayer, I know God is leading me to commit myself to partnership with Celebration. I now commit myself to be a faithful partner with God and with the other partners of Celebration."
What is expected of me as a partner?
Every partner agrees to do the following because God's love requires us to work together in harmony. In fact, our unity in love was Jesus' greatest prayer before His death upon the cross (John 17:20-26).
As partners we are committed to:
Protecting & Encouraging the Unity of our Partnership:
- Acting in love toward other partners. (1 Peter 1:22 & 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
- Speaking with love about other partners. (Ephesians 4:29 & Proverbs 16:28)
- Following the leaders with love. (Hebrews 13:7, 17)
- Reconciling conflict with other partners in love. (Romans 14:19 & Matthew 18:15-35)
Helping & Working with the Task of our Partnership:
- Living a godly life that witnesses Christ's love & grace. (Matthew 5:13-16 & 1 Peter 3:15-16)
- By inviting others to discover & celebrate God's love. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21 & Acts 8:4)
- By warmly welcoming all who attend. (Romans 15:7 & James 2:1-16)
Serving & Networking my Spiritual Gifts in Partnership:
- Discovering my God-given spiritual gift(s). (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
- Being equipped through God's Word for service. (Ephesians 4:11-12 & 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Developing a servant's heart. (Philippians 2:4-7 & John 13:1-17)
Supporting the Task of our Partnership:
- Praying for our partnership's health and growth. ( Philippians 1:3-5, Matthew 9:35-38)
- Faithfully attending worship plus other related events for the spiritual growth of the partnership. (Hebrew 10:23-25)
- Striving towards the stewardship goal of tithing. (Malachi 3:8-10 & 2 Corinthians 9:6-11)
How do I make my partnership official?
If you feel that you would like to become one of our partners, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!