When it comes to joining CLCC, membership just doesn’t say it all. So instead, we call it Partnership. It’s similar but it’s not identical. We’re looking for people to officially come alongside those who have made CLCC their church home to partner together in order to accomplish the mission and vision that God has for CLCC. Membership holds more to the idea that you belong to something for the sole benefit of what you get out of the deal. While Partnership has its privileges, it is more about owning the mission and banding together with a group of people committed to that same mission. We believe the church is a partnership of Spirit-led disciples who follow Jesus. The church isn’t a country club bound by exclusive membership; it’s a missional community bound together by the gospel.
Becoming a Partner:
The first steps to becoming a Partner are to regularly attend CLCC for a period of six months as well as participate in a partnership class. In this class you will learn more about CLCC including its mission, vision, values, leadership structure, policies and statement of faith.
Statement of Faith:
All partners of CLCC agree to the following fundamental truths of the Bible:
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God
- In one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit
- In the virgin birth, the atoning death and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ
- In salvation through the blood of Jesus, received by faith apart from works
- In baptism by immersion in water
- In divine healing through the redemptive work of Christ
- In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit
- In the second coming of Jesus Christ
- In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- To teach the full council of Scripture.
- For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. (Acts 20:27-28)
- The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” (1 Tim. 5:17-18)
- For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. (Titus 2:11-15)
- To create environments that will allow your care and growth to take place as a disciple of Christ.
- So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
- To meet the criteria assigned to elders and deacons in Scripture.
- Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Tim. 3:1-13)
- The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”and “The worker deserves his wages.”Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favouritism. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (1 Timothy 5:17-22)
- The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appointed elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:5-9)
- To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (Titus 5:1-4)
- To exercise church discipline when necessary:
- If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:15-20)
- Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)
- To set an example and join you in fulfilling the duties of CLCC partners.
- Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
- Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. (Philippians 3:17)
- Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
- To guard against false teachers.
- Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. (Acts 20:28-31)
- To pray for you regularly.
- Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:14)
- We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. (1 Thessalonians 1:2,3)
- To follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in setting vision and establishing the mission of CLCC
- Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can don nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
- In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:1-4)
Our Partnership obligations exist because we believe that our partners should fully understand how our church functions and what we believe. In addition to partners being adults of 18 years of age, we require the following:
- To be a Christ-follower
- Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
- From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love as each part does its work.So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. (4:16-18)
- To make a Public confession (baptism)
- We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:4)
- Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:12)
- But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (Acts 8:12)
- To regularly attend the ‘Main Gathering’
- On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. (Acts 13:44)
- And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb.10:24-25)
- To connect with a ministry of CLCC in order to begin serving within 6 months of your acceptance into partnership (Serve)
- Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Pet.4:10-11)
- Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ…who took on the very nature of a servant…” (Philippians 2:3-4,7)
- To covenant with other CLCC partners to:
(1) Protect the unity of the church
. . . By acting in love toward others
. . . By refusing to gossip
. . . By following the leaders
- Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (Romans 12:16)
- Have a sincere love for your fellow believers, love one another earnestly with all your hearts. (1 Peter 1:22 (TEV))
- Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. (Philippians 1:27)
- Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs… (Ephesians 4:29)
- Obey our leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17)
(2) Share in the spiritual & financial responsibility of the church.
. . . By praying for our leaders and one another
. . . By giving to CLCC regularly through tithes and offerings
- I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
- Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering. (1 Corinthians 16:2)
- A tenth of all your produce is the Lord’s and it is holy. (Leviticus 27:30)
- To connect to an environment that will allow your care and growth to take place as a disciple of Christ.
- They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)
- So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Ephesians 4:11-12)