When many of you decided, months ago, to leave our former church and you asked that I do everything possible to keep us together, I said at that time I felt we needed to affiliate with a denomination so that we would have that kind of a protective covering.
Independent churches are many times very vulnerable and subject to power struggles. When a church is part of a denomination, there are consulting resources available to help them work through their issues and avoid splits.
For as long as I am pastor of Ventura Jubilee Fellowship, I am going to do everything I can to protect our fellowship from ever going through what happened months ago.
For that reason, I have been exploring the possibility of affiliating with the Missionary Church, that is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can go on the internet and learn all about them. I really encourage you to do that.
We are still Ventura Jubilee Fellowship. That will not change. We will soon be a part of the Western Region of the Missionary Church that includes some 60 different churches. There are conferences and seminars available to us that will help us sharpen our focus and vision for the future.
We will be a part of an incredible world-wide missions’ program known as World Partners. We will partner with others in the denomination in starting new churches all across the nation. The denomination offers a health program for her pastors and missionaries.
The Western Region and denomination both have Investment Foundations where you can safely invest your resources, earn a reasonable rate of interest and see those same funds loaned to churches for building programs.
We have a packet of information available on the Missionary Church that will be on the Information Table … help yourself Sunday morning.
One immediate benefit for us is the help we will receive in obtaining our 501(c)(3) status with the State. Another benefit is that we will be able to establish our official membership. Then, we will have a congregational meeting where we will elect the leaders of our church and establish our budget.
I hope this information will help you see why we have felt affiliation with the Missionary Church is in our best interests.