Here at Impact Covenant partnership is very important. The local church is more than a place. The church is the gathering of the redeemed, the united family of God, the beautiful body and bride of Christ.
The Scriptures call us to love one another, show one another honor, live in harmony with one another, instruct, comfort, serve, bear the burdens of, forgive, encourage, always seek to do good to, exhort, stir up to love and good works, confess your sins to, pray for and show hospitality to one another.
The primary way believers may pursue these obligations is within the context of this messy and beautiful reality called the local church.
Jonathan Leeman writes:
Church membership is a formal relationship between a Church and a Christian characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of the church.
Partnership is not about privilege or prestige. It is not some elevated level of access with secret insider benefits. It is not a legal document or means of control. Partnership recognizes and responds to the call of discipleship in the context of gospel-centered community. It is an affirmation and agreement to contribute to the good of the body rather than consume from it. It is an obligation to sacrificially seek the good of others in the body of Christ by taking the general call toward service and incarnating it within a particular people.
We want you to know exactly what it means to join and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision. There are three steps to becoming a Covenant Partner:
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
If you have not been baptized following salvation, we ask you to take this step before becoming a Covenant Partner. To help prepare you, we encourage you to set up an appointment with one of our pastors.
Partnership Class / Application
We offer a partnership class (called Connection Point Forum) for anyone that would like to learn more about Covenant Partnership. This forum is scheduled at least quarterly and led by one of our pastors. After the class, if you are ready, you will be instructed to fill out the Partnership Application Online. The application covers important information such as your previous church history, how you came to Impact, and most importantly your personal testimony. It’s critical that you are able to share your story not only with our pastors but others as well.
Signing the Covenant
The final step in becoming a partner is to meet with a pastor to sign the partnership covenant. We will explain the covenant, listen to your testimony and answer any questions you might have. Once you fulfill the requirements of partnership and sign the covenant, you are considered a Covenant Partner.