One Example of a Church Covenant

In my study of church covenants this week I found this covenant:

What do you think of it? Would you sign it?

I believe it is time for me to teach on church covenants.

My thought is simple: Why have a covenant if it is not affirmed by all the members of the church?


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 each other.

We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian Church; exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.

We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.

We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.

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, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.

We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, 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 spirit 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.



I certainly appreciate the emphasis upon God's help and grace in this covenant. It also will serve for years to come regardless of the wicked imaginations of man—a holy life describes a prohibition against all that man may devise in the years to come.

What do you think?


  1. I noticed it is quite a bit less explicit in the regard of "worldly lust" then the one Berean presently has. In other words, it doesn't spell out alcohol, tobacco and gambling, for example.

  2. I think that it is less limiting in its vocabulary; more of a "living" document. In other words, it doesn't have to be changed as time reveals more "worldly lusts."

  3. I noticed that this covenant also does not mention glorifying God. I do believe that is the main purpose of the church. I also concur that with out specifics this can be a "living" document. This should be retained for the gray areas. I do think we should identify some noncompromising areas to give members at least a bottom line.

  4. That's true, Tom, I would say, however, that time will not make alcohol or tobacco any better.

  5. The Word of God is the foundation of our Church, the Constitution its framework and the Covenant its fixation. The covenant is a collective agreement of what the Church believes and how it will conduct itself within the local body. The current covenant which is based on scripture only supports what should be preached from the pulpit, when we give an account of our lives before our Lord we will be judged from the words written in His Book, not from a church covenant. You stated you wanted all the members to sign the covenant, when? will we have a signing service every time we get new members? the covenant is a historical document, the Bible is a living book that does not change and has been around for centuries, including the 21st and longer should the Lord tarry. Change lives through preaching the gospel not re-writing a covenant.

  6. Being as I am just a dumb sheep for the Lord our Shepherd and I do not claim to know anything, but my covenant is not with any one man or any one church but with God. As Brother Green has stated in his post. The word of God is our main guideline. It has been since the very beginning and will continue to be long after we are gone from this earth. Everything else is just something man has produced and needs to be viewed as such. This local new testament church established a church covenant many years ago and I do not see the need to always be changing things because it may not make us feel good. The bottom line is that we look to the living word of God for our guidance and that we have our covenant with Him.