This essay reframes the process of “placing membership” in a local church with the theological concept of missional partnership. A critical review is offered of the organizational procedure of “placing membership,” its underlying theoretical assumptions, and its deficient theological vision. Then, the practice of joining a local Christian community is reimagined in a missional ecclesiology focusing on the key theological strands of spiritual accountability and equipping for mission. The biblical metaphor of “partner in the gospel” is explored as an alternative to “membership” as a way to adequately communicate what joining, entering, and participating within a church on mission entails. Reflections are offered on the success and struggles of this paradigm shift within the local context of Southside Church of Christ. p.
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"Missional Partnership: Reframing the Concept of “Placing Membership”,"
Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry: Vol. 4:
1, Article 1.
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