God is looking for partners. Christ defined his mission, when he said “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus modeled the way for us, but make no mistake, he left behind the work of the church for us.
God is looking for partners. Before he left, he said to his disciples “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). He left this important task of “making disciples” of all nations to 12 men. Those men started the church, and we are now recipients of that original mission.
God is looking for partners. In fact, Paul uses the term “co-workers” or “joint-laborers.” While describing how God uses people who are obedient to the call of the gospel, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:9, “For we are God’s coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” We are called to work in that field with God…sowing seed, and letting God give the increase, as Jesus indicated in Mark 4:26-27 when he said ‘“The kingdom of God is like this, A man scatters seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises—night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows—he doesn’t know how.”’ We must remember that while the growth and the harvest is God’s responsibility, the work of sowing the seed is ours.
God is looking for partners. Partners who care enough to share his message with others. Paul would even go so far as to say that we are Christ’s ambassadors: “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God.'” Is that us? Do we really behave as true ambassadors? Are we pleading with the world to “be reconciled to God?” Is that us? Is that You?
God is looking for partners. Co-laborers in his field. And we must be about our Father’s business.
We join him in this personally, and we join him in this together. The together part, is in a church. We join together in church as God’s family, and operate as such here on earth inside of the church.
Now, when it comes to organizing the church and making decisions, we have historically had a team of folks who work with our leadership in a more dedicated fashion. The name of this team has changed to reflect our current needs over the years, but the requirements of that team have remained the same. We’ve packaged them up in a document…a “Covenant” of sorts. Folks who covenant with us to do a few things are part of a separate team. This team has always been officially the “membership” or “voting body” of the church. Let me be clear, this team is not the body of the church. We are all together the Christ’s body. This team is not better than anyone. You should not feel that just because you attend here that you should be on this team.
Having said that, the larger this team is, the stronger our church is. The more people we have who are dedicated to the same things, the more focused and unified our ministry with be.
Therefore, because of the urgency of God’s mission, and our belief that God is looking for partners, we want the name of this team to reflect that in the future. This team will be focused on how we co-labor with God in fulfilling the Great Commission. We are calling it the Co-Mission Team, and we want to invite you to prayerfully consider joining it.
If you would like to be on that team there are a few basic requirements…
- You attend Sunday gatherings each week that you’re in town
- You serve regularly in a church ministry
- You give regularly to the church
- You support and are accountable to church leadership
- You attend team meetings regularly
- You pray for the church regularly
- You conduct your life in a manner that is mature and Christ honoring
Our prayer is that many of you will join us in covenant to be God’s church here in Syracuse. Our best days are ahead!
Join the Co-Mission Team Below!
(Couples, please submit individually)