The #Owner sermon series introduces our theme for ministry and mission in 2019.  Our goal is to take an image from the housing world (being a renter vs. an owner) and apply it to the Church world.  While a renter can pass responsibility to someone else (i.e. a Landlord), an owner must take responsibility for him or herself.

It is important to clarify two things that being an owner is not.  First, being an owner doesn’t mean the church belongs to us.  In Colossians 1:18, the Apostle Paul makes clear, Christ “is the head of the body, the church.”  Second, being an owner doesn’t mean that we are solely focused on the benefits we receive.  We avoid a country club mentality of church by remembering that we are servants of Christ.  Paul continues in Colossians 1, “I have become [the church’s] servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness” (1:25 NIV).  So, ownership is about taking responsibility.  A meme I read on Facebook recently does a great job of capturing what we are talking about:  “A disciple is someone that has moved from being the recipient of the Church’s mission to being responsible for the church’s mission.”   

Over the next course of this series, we will be inviting you to think about being an owner of the five specific responsibilities outlined in our United Methodist membership vows:  prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  A COVENANT CARD will be in the worship guide weekly or you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE.  We invite you to join us in this journey of creating a greater culture of ownership in our church. 

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