At women’s retreat last weekend, I got to see firsthand how much more involved our church congregation has become. Women who were nervous about praying for each other a year or two ago stood at the front of the room and worshiped and prayed continually. The atmosphere was one of joy and encouragement. Throughout the weekend, I saw women welcoming each other, making sure no one felt left out. Women who were attending for the first time stood up and served as leaders, not because they wanted control or validation, but because they were responding to God’s call to servant leadership. We put each other first all weekend, and as a result, lives were truly changed.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (NLT)
This concept of servant-leadership as demonstrated by Christ is what forms the backbone of our Next Step of Ownership. As a Real Life Owner, I have a personal stake in the mission of my church. I’m familiar with its teachings, its leadership, and its heart for community. I’m willing to serve with my time and my resources to see that mission grow, because I’ve seen how it can change lives: my own has been one of them.
Whether we’re ready or not, Real Life is expanding. We are serving more kids and teens every year. Our community outreach programs continue to grow. More and more people join us to celebrate baptisms, rescued marriages, recovery, and the smaller but no less crucial victories of maintaining faith through the challenges of everyday life. If you’re willing to become an Owner, you get to have a say in how our church does business, but more importantly, you’ll be making a commitment to bring the best of your abilities and resources to Christ’s service.
If Ownership is your Next Step, stop by the Next Steps table on Sunday to pick up a packet. We’re asking the entire church to vote about the question of moving our church on Sunday the 21st, and while we value the feedback those votes will provide, only the votes cast by Owners are eligible to be counted under Nazarene District bylaws. So if you’ve been putting off taking this Next Step and you really want your vote to count, now’s a great time to become an Owner!
But Ownership isn’t just about whether or not your vote counts next Sunday – it’s an ongoing commitment to the mission of Real Life, which has nothing to do with a building. The people of Real Life are welcoming, open with their faith, heartfelt in their worship, and generous with their time and resources. The concept of following after Christ as a servant leader is already dear to our hearts. Ownership just makes it official.
Got more questions about Ownership? Ric will be happy to answer them!
Laura wears a lot of hats at Real Life: social media coordinator, outreach coordinator, retreat planner, and editor at large. Luckily she looks good in hats.