Saturday, May 26, 2007

Day of Days

It's finally here! Hard to believe isn't it? This Sunday, May 27th, will be our last Sunday at Alki Middle School. It has been a long journey for some of us. For me, it will be a bitter sweet day. There has been a lot of great memories made at the school. There has been a lot of impact for God's Kingdom done in that public school cafeteria. Yet, I look forward to what God is doing and going to do through our new campus on 9th Avenue!

I just wanted to send you this email to invite you to our LAST Sunday @ Alki. We will meet and the normal time of 10:30. Afterwards, join us for a parade as we drive together to the new campus for a prayer of dedication (and of course cake!)

Then join us next weekend (June 3rd) as we have our very first service at our new campus. Exciting stuff. God is good, all the time.

Look forward to being with you over this historic week,


Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Ownership vs Membership Part 2: Why Become an Owner?

A member of an organization uses the facilities, gains from its services, takes a shower, and heads about their business. An owner makes the organization happen. Jesus wants His followers to make the church happen—go out and love people, nurture each other, and serve with your whole life. Ownership is a higher calling than membership. If you are a follower of Christ, then you are a co-owner of His church and that is what makes Whipple Creek Church happen.

Becoming an owner of Whipple Creek Church is a declaration that you are moving from being a consumer to being an investor—that you are joining not simply the community of Christ, but the cause of Christ as well. The motivation behind becoming an owner is not what can be received, but what can be given. And yet, on a deeper level, ownership is an invitation to genuine intimacy. When people become owners, they are declaring submission of their lives to the spiritual authority of this community and welcoming genuine accountability in their spiritual journeys. What once was the standard for leadership is now our standard for ownership.

Ownership Seminar
To become an owner, you must attend an Ownership Seminar. During this session we go over the history, doctrine and beliefs of Whipple Creek Church, as well as describing the tenets of ownership in greater detail. After attending the Ownership Seminars, a covenant is signed to complete the Ownership Process, in which Owners agree to three points of building the local church. Questions? Email us:

Don't forget to RSVP for Wednesday, May 8th-Ownership Seminar @ 7;00 pm sharp. Childcare will be provided.

Look forward to seeing you there!


PS Here are a couple pictures of "owners."

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Are You an Owner?

What’s the Difference in Ownership and Membership?
The word member has interesting connotations in our culture. We are members at gyms, golf courses, websites, alumni associations, and other organizations. These memberships are painless to obtain and even easier to discard. The word member implies a sense of belonging, which can be healthy. However, being a member of a group can often portray exclusiveness to outsiders. Membership gives people access to an organization with limitations—authorized personnel only! The idea of church membership is not a biblical mandate but rather a development in church tradition.

1 Corinthians 12:27 states that “You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” The body of Christ has two meanings in the New Testament. Jesus explained the most important understanding of “His body” to us at the Last Supper: “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). The sacrifice of Jesus’ body paid the price for our sins and restored our relationship with God. If we accept this sacrifice we are ushered into “His body.”
The second understanding of “His body” is the universal group of people that follow Him: “You are the body of Christ.” Everyone who follows Jesus forms a community that is called the church. The main role of the church is to make known Jesus’ love for the world.

So what relationship does “you are the body of Christ” imply? Whipple Creek Church believes that membership is not the most appropriate description for us in Christ’s body. Being a part of a church is better comprehended with the word ownership. Throughout the New Testament, followers of Christ are called heirs or co-heirs to God’s kingdom (Titus 3:7, Romans 8:17, I Peter 3:7). The Greek definition of heir is "to possess or to own". Therefore, each follower of Christ co-owns the church with and through Jesus Christ.

I will talk more later about why it is important for you to become an owner, but in the meantime, if you have not been to a previous Experience Whipple Class (formerly Q&A), plan now to attend May 9th @ 7pm. Child care will be provided. RSVP by emailing the church office:

Hope to see you there,