To fulfill our shared mission as Christians, we must realize that we are better together. We cannot be all that we were designed for on our own -- we need each other. As we gather together, we grow together, and it is from a place of maturity we go together. As God's family we function interdependently. If we do not, we are not truly a family. The Sanctuary has made growing a community to reach a community one of our primary goals. We recognize that growing and reaching happen best through community. Together we are looking for and seizing opportunities to build bridges from our faith community (church family) to our civic community (neighborhoods and city); and we're doing this on purpose.
Jesus' goal was to come and save the sick and the lost (Mark 2:17). As individuals, we prioritize gathering together because we recognize our need for healing and mutual support. We are intentional in our efforts to bring others into loving relationship with Jesus and other believers (2 Corinthians 5:18). This does not happen by accident. We take the time to initiate relationships and cultivate community with others so that many will be transformed by the love of God.
Members vs. Partners
A term that is commonly used by individuals to describe affiliation or commitment in a church is "membership". At The Sanctuary, we use the word Partnership. Membership in most contexts (i.e. Costco, a gym or a country club) implies certain rights or privileges to which an individual is entitled. As the Church, we are called to work together and worship together to bring God glory through our service to Him and to others. Therefore we have chosen to use the term Partner very intentionally as to keep our eyes and our hearts fixed on the right goals and motives.
Registration & Info
Join us for our 4-week course examining the principles that motivate our pursuit of God’s plans for The Sanctuary and shape our life together. This course is a pre-requisite for all pursuing Partnership and just a good way to get to know us if you’re new to The Sanctuary. Some of the material we will cover each week includes Our Community, Our Calling, Your Design & Our Partnership. If you have any questions, call our offices or email us.