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Membership at Quest
We live in a society where commitment to local church has lost its relevance. In the past several years of ministry in Seattle, one can easily notice a lack of commitment to their church amongst believers and churchgoers.
Don't get us wrong; it's not our intention to build a boastful membership count. We're not interested in raising Quest's membership. However, we are interested and committed to helping people be encouraged and accountable to a responsible, nurturing, serving, and committed relationship with a local church. If that happens to be this church, we welcome you dearly into our family. If Quest does not seem like a good fit for what God is doing in your life right now, we're willing to help you seek a faith community that makes more sense for in this season. The bottom line is simple: we believe that God desires each one of us to be committed to a network of believers who exist missionally for the Kingdom of God.
Within the Quest community, we have three groups of people that make up our community; they're all integral to our community. People who come may be visitors, attendees or members. We will always welcome visitors as they come and go. Attendees are those who are investigating Quest and begin to attend regularly. Members are those who want to move ahead toward a deeper commitment. The difference between attendees and members can be summed up in one word: commitment. We commit ourselves to a lease or mortgage. We commit to complete a training program. We commit to a lifelong partner. We commit to a contract. Membership is commitment to God's local church. In this case to Quest. Having said that, we also know people go through different processes and journeys in their relationship with a church. Simply, we are a "grace" church " we don't look down upon people because they're not believers, that they don't have their own bible, that they don't know the songs or creeds, and in this case, whether they choose to be a member or not. And yet, at Quest, it is the members that help move the church in faith. Membership is our imperfect way of being an organizationally responsible without being drastically insitutional. Developing some structure allows us to better enhance our relationships and our freedom in Christ and community.
who we are
We are an urban, multigenerational, and multiethnic church in Seattle striving to be an incarnational presence in our rapidly-changing and post-Christian culture.
our vision and mission
To be honest, you have to wonder why every church feels like they need to have their own vision. Our vision — simple yet profound, mysterious yet plain — is to be the Church. Our mission is simply to do what Christ calls us to do: to love God and love people, and make disciples of all people.
Quest hopes to be a catalyst for the movement of God's Kingdom. It is in that spirit that we hope to move forward with our vision to initially help plant a church in the major cities of the Northwest: Bellevue, Tacoma, Portland, and Vancouver, BC as well as establish other CDC (community development corporations) such as Q Café and Community Center.
the privileges and burdens of partnership
We know commitment can be uncomfortable for some people. Without being forceful, we like to encourage people to press beyond that comfort zone and consider getting rooted with Quest. For us, it's not a matter of hoarding a bunch of members so that we have impressive "church stats" (whatever that even means...). To that point, we'll even remind people that they are free to move on if they feel so called. We trust in what God is doing here; the last thing we need to do is be coercive and play power games. We simply want to acknowledge that commitment and rootedness can be radically transformative ways of people who model the incarnational way of Christ.
We view ourselves as family of sorts. As is the case in every family, we know our members are not perfect people. We're simply an imperfect family exploring and practicing the Way of Jesus, looking to be an incarnational presence in a fast-moving culture.
Again, as is the case in most families, being a member has benefits and responsibilities — being loved and loving, learning and teaching, receiving and giving, dying to self and living to God.
Here are some core privileges of journeying with Quest:
a | Community: being part of the Quest family, journey, and ministry
Make worshiping together a priority
Helping leadership make decisions through prayer, input, and votes
b | Receiving and giving: nurtured, encouraged, and empowered to give time, energy,
gifts, finances, etc.
Become part of a community group
Hold and be held accountable in a spirit of compassion and love
Share creativity, gifts, and talents to the work of the church
Give faithfully, generously, and regularly
c | Hosting: understanding that the church exists not purely for believers but to the world
Embrace the concept of being a "host" on behalf of God through the church
Make our time and space your own — take initiative as a participant rather than a spectator
Seek the welfare of others
d | Living stones: knowing that God will use each of us to build the walls of the Church and God's
Every member is considered a staff member of the church and is invited to attend, serve, and give regularly, faithfully, and joyfully
Dream and vision along with what God is doing at Quest and beyond
If you're interested and compelled in being a host/member at Quest, contact the church office to inquire when the quarterly iQ classes (information Quest) are being held.