Monthly Archives: October 2017

Yearly Participation with the Living Stream Church of the Brethren

We celebrate the participation of everyone who chooses to be a part of this welcoming and affirming online worshiping community rooted in the Church of the Brethren and its values of peace and justice, to whatever level of participation that you feel called.  We’ve defined four participation levels — Viewer, Friend, Associate Member, and Member.  If you have joined us for worship at least once, you’re already a “Viewer”!  (The participation level are more fully outlined below.)

We take time at the end of each year to renew our participation in Living Stream for the coming year. To indicate your level of participation, please take a moment now to complete our online Participation Form (just click to follow this link).  If you’d like to find out more, or get more involved, please contact our pastors directly. Either way, we’ll be glad to start the conversation with you!

Thanks for your interest in the Living Stream Church of the Brethren!

Living Stream Participation Levels — Where do You Fit?

We inviting all participants in the Living Stream Church of the Brethren to join us in celebrating our various levels of participation. As the chart below shows, you may choose to describe yourself as a Viewer, Friend, Associate Member, or Member.

Viewer Friend Associate Membera Member*
Worship A Viewer will watch the worship broadcast from time to time (perhaps even regularly), yet may never post greetings or comments. A Friend desires to tune into worship somewhat regularly, and typically posts greetings, perhaps even making a comment at times. An Associate Member tunes into worship regularly, posts greetings, and often will make a comment or pose a question. A Member tunes into worship regularly, posts greetings, and frequently participates in worship with comments or questions.
Prayers A Viewer typically is not involved with the life of the congregation or others in it. A Friend will typically be moved to support the congregation in prayer at times. An Associate Member supports the congregation, its leaders, and its members, in prayer. A Member supports the congregation, its leaders, and its members, in prayer.
Offerings A Viewer typically has not donated to help keep the church streaming. A Friend is likely to make modest donations to help keep the church streaming. An Associate Member makes regular donations, however modest, to support the congregation. A Member shares regular tithes and offerings in support of the congregation.
Participation A Viewer typically does not choose to participate in the life of the congregation. A Friend may take advantage of the opportunities to participate in the life of the congregation in a number of ways, if so moved. An Associate Member participates in the life of the congregation, whether in worship or in other ways. A Member seeks to participate in the life of the congregation fully, by such things as helping with worship, reading scripture, suggesting ideas and resources, contributing to the newsletter, or other ways.

 

a* Membership categories are formal affiliations defined by the Church of the Brethren