What is an ATN Partner?
All are welcome to worship at All Things New, and all are encouraged to support ATN’s ministry and to participate in serving, growing, and playing together. Partners go a step further, declaring their commitment to the Lord and to His church at All Things New. Some churches describe committed participants as “members”; ATN believes the term Partner is a better, more inclusive, understanding of participatory commitment.
Why am I invited to be an ATN Partner?
All Things New is a congregation-led church. This is a form of representational democracy. Unlike some church structures, big decisions in a congregation-led church are made together rather than top-down. And although everyone has a say in ATN’s ministry, partners, as directed by our larger church family, the Evangelical Covenant denomination, have specific opportunities to vote on matters of significant importance.
What is expected of me?
ATN’s Partnership Agreement outlines what is expected of you. The Agreement lists general beliefs, values, and goals. It is not a set of rules but rather guidelines for growing in faith and discipleship. No matter where you are on your journey of faith and discipleship, you are welcome to become an ATN partner.
How do I become an ATN Partner?
You are asked to read, reflect on, pray about the words in the Partnership Agreement. If you believe you are called to become an ATN partner, you are asked to acknowledge this as part of submitting our on-line Agreement form which is available on our website.
Who can I speak with if I have questions about Partnership?
You are encouraged to speak with Pastor Justin or with any of the church leaders. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this commitment forever?
We know that circumstances in life are always changing and for that reason we see partnership as a 2 year commitment. All are given the opportunity to recommit to partnership every two years. If you want to decommit at any time, you just need to notify us.