Join as a Member Church
Join The Crete Collective
in 5 simple steps
Read and Apply
Potential Member Churches are asked to carefully read our statement of faith and our partnership covenant. We ask that the entire leadership team or a committee of the leadership team read these documents together to be sure they understand them and agree.
Churches interested to join The Crete Collective are invited to join us for one of our regular info meetings where we provide more detail on The Crete Collective, including our mission and vision, our priorities and values, how we hope to plant and revitalize churches, and membership requirements. This will be a time to get to know us and to ask questions.
Then, assuming agreement with our statement of faith and covenant, we invite churches to complete an online application to join.
After applying, a member of The Crete Collective will contact the applying church for an interview either by phone, in person, or via Zoom/Skype. The aim of the interview is to get to know the applicant better, to ensure theological and missional agreement with The Crete Collective, and to review the obligations of membership.
Sign the Covenant
Upon approval from the membership interview, we ask the elders from applying churches to read the covenant again and, if in agreement with membership obligations, sign the covenant on behalf of the church.
After receiving the signed covenant, the church’s application is presented to The Crete Collective’s board of directors for final approval. Once approved, the applying church becomes a member of The Crete Collective in full partnership with us to start new and support existing churches in neglected Black and Brown neighborhoods.
Join the Collective
The leadership team of member churches are invited to participate in monthly virtual gatherings and occasional in-person gatherings. These are spaces in which we commit to learn and grow together.
We desire to be a true collective in which pastoral wisdom, planting models, training, content, and best practices are developed as we share our lives and ministries with one another. Our member churches play an essential role in walking with the church planters through prayer, encouragement, coaching, and support.