The Antioch Partnership is a collaborative experience offered by the Alabama-West Florida Conference for those churches seeking to take the next steps toward being the church God is calling them to be. The Conference will actively partner with the church in order to begin new seasons of fruitfulness. Churches who are invited to participate in the Antioch Partnership have demonstrated good pastoral leadership, good lay leadership, and potential resources to jump start a new life cycle of ministry fruitfulness.
The Antioch Partnership is based on Acts 11:19-30. When a new church springs into existence in Antioch, the church in Jerusalem sends Barnabas to investigate. Barnabas goes and celebrates with the church. After spending some time with them, Barnabas knows that Saul is the best person to help the church, so he helps to create a partnership between them. Saul and Barnabas work with the church for a year, and the church receives new direction for its future.
The Antioch Partnership identifies congregations that may benefit from a strategic partnership with the church, sends a Barnabas Team to visit with the church and establish recommendations for the future, assigns coaches and guides to the church to fulfill the recommendations of the Barnabas team.
The Antioch Partnership is comprised of a group of churches each year that have been recommended by the cabinet as meeting these specific criteria, and then are prayerfully selected and invited by the Bishop to participate. For congregations that sign the Antioch Partnership covenant, a 2-3 year journey begins that includes:
If you would like your church to be an Antioch Partnership Church, please contact your District Superintendent.