Our Vitality Team shares a resource for our church life as well as along the congregational vitality pathway:
What is a Relational Covenant?
Adapted from The Vitality Field Team Guide: The way we relate to each other in Christian love is a powerful witness. The Relational Covenant is not a law to live up to, but a reality to live in to. It is a lifestyle, not a law. It is an invitation to relate to others in a way that pleases God and edifies and strengthens the church.
A Relational Covenant is integrated into the normal and natural life of the Church in many ways. It provides a means to communicate shared understanding about how to have conversations that are civil, compassionate and Christ-honoring. It can be posted in public places, referenced in large and small meetings, and in whatever way the Church desires to promote Christ-honoring communication.
Check it out below.
FIRSTCOV'S RELATIONAL COVENANT
At First Covenant Church…
- We will respect and honor the office of pastor, church staff, and other leaders.
- We are committed to seeking God’s Will.
- We seek to collectively discover what is best for our church, as a whole.
- We are committed to healthy relationships and unity in Christ.
- We will be active listeners and seek to communicate clearly, completely, and directly.
- We make positive investments in others’ lives; building each other up and not tearing down.
- We believe the best of each other, give each other the benefit of the doubt and are respectful of other’s opinions and ideas.
Key Verse: Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV)
12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
5/18/2017 Adopted by Leadership Team of First Covenant – River Falls