Relational Covenant

Relational Covenant, First Congregational Church
Revised: October 16, 2018


As people reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and led to this faith family by the Holy Spirit, we covenant to demonstrate love through the following, as taught in Scripture: 

Affirm each other as bearers of God’s image, worthy of dignity, kindness, and compassion (Col. 3:10-15).

Realize that our church family belongs to God and exists for God’s glory alone.  Embrace our calling to serve the Lord and not ourselves (Acts 20:28).

Sacrifice our individual desires, uphold what is best for our church family, and allow ourselves to be inconvenienced for the sake of the Gospel (1 Cor. 9:19-23).

Acknowledge disagreement as a natural part of life together and an opportunity for growing closer to the Lord and each other (Acts 15:36-40).

Take personal responsibility for unity in our church family, devote ourselves to working through disagreements, and refuse to allow divisions to form (Eph 4:2-6).

Go directly to the person we believe has offended us, discuss our concerns privately and lovingly, involve others only as biblically appropriate, listen to understand each other’s perspective, and resolve conflict promptly and thoroughly. (Matthew 18:15-19, James 1:19-20).

Accept humbly the incompleteness of our viewpoint, seek to understand those with whom we disagree, refuse to rush to judgment, and believe the best about one another. (Eph. 4:1-3, 1 Cor 13:6-7).

Forgive one another genuinely and strive to restore relationships sincerely (Hebrews 12:14, Col. 3:13).