We like to think of membership not so much in terms of joining and more in terms of belonging. You could almost say that we are asking people to enter into “ownership” at CCF rather than beginning a “membership.”
Ownership implies spiritual engagement with God. God has created us to be in dynamic relationship with Him. CCF is nothing but the expression of many of those individual relationships coming together for wholeness, learning, mutual encouragement, and worship of the One who made them. It has been said that there are many paths to God – this is not true. There are, however, many ways to find Jesus, but Jesus Christ is the only way to God. “Owners,” therefore, must have a vertical relationship that only can come through a personal encounter with Jesus.
Ownership implies interpersonal engagement. By definition, ownership requires a high degree of commitment to the church and to the people of the church. The essence of the local church is relationships… not only the vertical relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, but also through the horizontal relationships with other “owners.” There is nothing better than accomplishing mission in the context of deep community.
The traditional “membership” model often had the idea that “the church” was to provide care, nurture, and support for its members. Of course, that statement is true, provided the definition of “church” is agreed upon. Unfortunately, in the traditional model, “the church” meant “the clergy.” The clergy was perceived as the professionally trained care-givers. Membership usually implied commitment to an institution, not to the relationships cultivated with others in the church.
In the new “ownership” model this more traditional approach is eliminated. The appropriate role of leadership is to train and equip our owners for healthy interdependence. The old idea of “clergy as the hired professional” to do the ministry is void. The role of church leadership as defined in God’s Word is as trainers, equippers, and releasers. Their role is fundamentally to help owners become healthy, grow, and utilize their spiritual gifts.
Finally, ownership implies missional orientation. “Owners” are not only excited about forming relationships with others as they “do life” together, they are also impassioned about being a part of something much bigger than themselves. Owners have come to conclude that they want to be a part of a bigger-than-life mission of reaching other people with the Story of God. Owners share this life transformation with their friends, neighbors, and relatives. They aren’t “joining” to be catered to… they “own” CCF because they want to be active in fulfilling God’s mission in this place and in this way. They want to make known they can be counted on to partner with other owners in accomplishing the God-sized task of living with the transforming Gospel and welcoming others into His Kingdom.
Wow! That’s a lot to read. So what’s the bottom line with membership at CCF?
We ask every member/owner at CCF to commit to seven things:
1. To place their trust in Jesus and strive to be obedient to God in every area of their life.
2. To be baptized (if they have not already done so).
3. To read and agree with our Statement of Faith.
4. To attend CCF faithfully.
5. To connect with others in a CCF LifeGroup.
6. To serve in a ministry at CCF.
7. To be a faithful financial supporter of the ministry of CCF.
If you would like become a member of “Team CCF” as a member, we’d love to have you. CLICK HERE to download the membership application, fill it out, and return it to Pastor Pat on a Sunday or to the CCF office during office hours. You will then be contacted by one of our elders to set up an appointment to discuss any questions you might have. Thanks so much for your interest in CCF Membership/Ownership!