Becoming an official Partner of Berwick Church of Christ Inc.
Becoming an official Partner of Berwick Church of Christ Inc. (BCOC) is all about making a commitment to be unified with and contribute to the mission and vision of our church. As Partners, we are committed to not being lone ranger Christians but to do life, faith and ministry in unity with one another and under the authority of the leadership of BCOC.
There are certain requirements in becoming a Partner of BCOC.
Applying for PARTNERSHIP
A person is eligible to apply to be a Partner if he or she:
- is aged 16 and over;
- has, as determined by the Elders:
- made a confession of faith in Christ as Lord;
- expressed a belief that God raised Him from the dead; and
- demonstrated a commitment to living in accordance with Scripture (for example: Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28:18-20)
- has been baptised by full immersion in water in accordance with Scripture (for example Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5);
- has complied with any other reasonable prerequisites for membership determined by the Board (for example, demonstrating commitment to BCOC, completing any required courses and regular attendance at BCOC public gatherings).
The form of application for membership and the process for considering an application will be as determined by the Elders. The Elders will decide whether to accept or reject an application for partnership after considering eligibility as set out in the Constitution. The Elders may decline to admit a person to partnership at its sole discretion and without providing reasons.
Partnership is free - There will be no entrance fee or annual subscription fee charged to Partners.
Responsibilities of Partners
Partners must actively support the purpose of BCOC including by, for example:
- supporting the Elders as they govern according to the Scriptures (for example, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:17);
- building relationships within BCOC;
- regularly attending BCOC public gatherings;
- contributing to the work of BCOC as directed and empowered by God, which will include for example:
- contributing their tithes and offerings in accordance with Scripture;
- sharing the good news about Christ and His kingdom with others;
- serving the poor and needy as set out in Scripture; and
- supporting the spiritual growth of others by discipling and serving them.
General Rights of Partners
A Partner has the right to:
- receive notice of general meetings and of proposed special resolutions in the manner and time prescribed by this Constitution;
- submit items of business for consideration at General Meetings;
- attend and be heard at General Meetings;
- vote at General Meetings;
Next Partnership meeting will be held: 2017 (Dates to be confirmed)
All people wishing to become a Partner must attend a Partnership Meeting and complete an Application Form for consideration by the Elders.