Covenant of Grace

In holding our relationships and values sacred, we are people of God and make promises about how we follow in Jesus' footsteps on our journey in faith together. In this spirit, we affirm and agree to be prayerful at all times, guided by the Holy Spirit and reflect on the Bible's instructions found in: Matthew 18:15-17, Colossians 3:12-17 & 1 Thessalonians 5:12-26

As we Build Relationships that are God-Honoring we agree to:

  • Welcome and accept all who enter our faith community.
  • Greet all warmly and share good humor.
  • Seek the mutual support of friendship by thought, word, and deed.
  • Treat the office of all pastors, staff members and lay leaders with respect and love
  • Recognize talents and nurture spiritual and personal growth.
  • Encourage others to join in our activities while honoring their right to decline.
  • Value everyone’s participation as a meaningful expression of love for God.

As we Practice Stewardship that is Life-Affirming we agree to:

  • Recognize that God has blessed us with abundance.
  • Be diligent in practicing a response of Thanksgiving.
  • Give freely and joyfully in sharing our time, talent, treasure and energy.
  • Cultivate generosity and hospitality.
  • Respect all levels of service and contributions to the church.

As we Communicate with Consideration we agree to:

  • Constantly strive to be kind and respectful with grace and empathy.
  • Use language that is clear, complete and honest.
  • Be open to another’s point of view.
  • Focus on issues and not personalities.
  • Respond with sensitivity, thoughtfulness and understanding.

As we Resolve Conflict with Patience we agree to:

  • Accept disagreement as normal and natural.
  • Learn to be open and work together in a gentle, loving, and peaceful manner.
  • Be slow to anger and practice forgiveness.
  • Communicate directly with the person with whom we disagree.
  • Speak only for ourselves and take responsibility for our own actions.
  • Seek the assistance of clergy, staff or lay leaders if conflict is not resolved.
  • Recognize and treat our differences as opportunities for greater understanding.

As we serve the church, we will continue to seek the harmony of a blessed community. Whenever we find ourselves in an interaction that does not represent the relational grace to which we have agreed, we will remind each other of our commitment to abide by this covenant

"May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (GNT)