Covenant of the Quakertown United Methodist Church

We acknowledge that this is Christ’s church and we are His servants and stewards. We promise one another with trust and love to nurture fellowship and community through the power of the Holy Spirit, who  enables us to manifest the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Understanding that our words and behaviors impact others in positive and negative ways, we will:

  • Listen to and treat others with respect and understanding (Matthew 7:12)
  • Accept others and not judge them (Matthew 7:1-5)
  • Forgive willingly (Mark 11:26)

Because God and His teachings are the foundation of the decision-making process, we commit to prayerfully seek His guidance. (Proverbs 3:5,6) When making decisions we will:

  • Gather all pertinent facts
  • Encourage input and respect various points of view
  • Clarify issues
  • Weigh the consequences
  • Be open to compromise

Disagreement is a natural part of congregational decision-making. We will not feel uncomfortable with disagreement; it shows passion and caring and can be the basis for positive outcomes. Our desire is to face disagreements openly and honestly and to work toward understanding with empathy and grace so that disagreements can be opportunities for growth. We will: 

  • Seek God’s guidance through prayer
  • Address issues in a timely and constructive manner
  • Discuss disagreements with those directly involved in a spirit of love (Mt. 18:15-20)
  • Listen respectfully to all points of view, focusing on issues rather than persons
  • Speak calmly and thoughtfully, avoiding defensive reactions
  • Be willing to compromise. If that is not possible, agree to disagree

These are behaviors we seek to recognize, reinforce, and promote within our church community. We joyfully commit to model this covenant for each other and to hold each other accountable.

  

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