Partnership is not the same as patronage. The Philippians understood this and took ownership in the ministry. This is not the same as patronage. The word patronage can apply to the customer who supports an establishment by spending money there. Since the store intends to stay in business, it will offer whatever the customer wants. It exists to satisfy the perceived needs of the patron. This is fine for a good restaurant, but this sort of relationship has become common in churches. The problem is we’re not customers (or shouldn’t be). We need to be careful about giving, serving, or even attending church on the condition we get the sort of experience and customer service we think we deserve. The man who acts like a customer should not expect to be storing up anything in heaven. His only reward is the satisfaction that the church will only get what he thinks it deserves. The proper attitude sees the body of Christ as a place where we go to worship, work, serve, give, and bear fruit as a faithful example to others. This kind of loyalty overlooks the many flaws of a church filled with humans.