A church covenant expresses what God in Scripture calls us to as brothers and sisters in Christ, joined together as a local body of believers. Our covenant is one Baptists have used since 1853 when influential Baptist pastor J. Newton Brown first wrote it, except that along the way we added an additional clause to the end concerning respecting the will of the majority. As you read it, may it cause you to say, "This is the kind of loving Christian community I want to be a part of!"
Our Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior; and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to 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 also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will 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.
We further agree that in all matters brought before the church for consideration, the vote of the majority will always rule. And thus, we covenant that we will abide by the express will of the majority, and that we will cooperate with the church in accomplishing whatever the majority wills. Moreover, if the time to come when we feel, as individuals, that we can no longer work in harmony with the expressed will of the majority, we agree without strife or delay to withdraw from the fellowship of this church.