We believe that a church covenant is an important document in the life of the church. In such an agreement, members of the church enter into a covenantal relationship with one another, seeking to live out their Christian discipleship together.
It has been our joy to work to update and revise our church covenant to accurately reflect our understanding of the Scripture and our commitment to one another. Below is a draft of the proposed covenant that will be affirmed by a congregational vote at our December annual meeting.
Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with this assembly.
We will work and pray for unity from the Spirit in the bond of peace. We will walk together in brotherly love, in a manner worthy of our calling, exercising affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonishing and exhorting one another as occasion may require in accordance with our responsibility for mutual shepherding, encouragement, and accountability.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others. We will endeavor to bring up those under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example seek the salvation of all. We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by divine aid, to live carefully in the world, submitting to the law of Christ and the apostolic teaching, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, remembering that we have a special obligation to lead a new and holy life as Christian disciples.
We will work together for the ongoing faithful evangelical ministry in this church, following the leadership of this flock, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the purpose of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
What is a Church Covenant?
A promise made to the local assembly, to God, and to one’s self.
An agreement of how to conduct our lives as members of the church. If the statement of faith is what we should believe, the covenant is how we should live.
A summary of the ethical standards that the Bible provides for believers.
What is the purpose of a Church Covenant?
It helps incoming members understand what is expected of them by joining with the membership.
It helps current members remember their responsibility to God and to each other.
It helps unite us by framing a biblical picture of our life together.
What makes a good Church Covenant?
A good church covenant will include only biblical imperatives for Christ’s people.
A good church covenant will provide a sufficient summary of those imperatives.
A good church covenant will emphasize the nature of life together as the body of Christ.
A good church covenant will be worded clearly, particularly with the aim of corporate recitation.