The difference between "attendees" and "partner-members" can be summed up in one word: Commitment.
At Lifehouse, we recognize the need for a formal partnership. We promote partnership for four reasons:
A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church.
"...Christ loved the church, and he gave his life for it." Eph. 5:25
A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything: a job...a marriage...our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of "church shoppers and hoppers". Partnership swims against the current of America's "consumer religion". It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Partnership identifies our family.
A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you're not committed to any specific church family.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Lifehouse partner-member, please join us for a Lifehouse Discovery class following our Sunday morning service the 4th Sunday of each month. A free lunch is provided and an opportunity to meet Lifehouse staff and leaders.