Resurrection Church Membership Covenant

Church Leadership Responsibilities

With the help of the Holy Spirit, the church leadership covenants the following:

1.  We commit ourselves to lovingly care for you and seek your growth in Christ (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12).

2.  We covenant to provide teaching, preaching, and counsel from the Scriptures (Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17-18).

3.  We commit that this teaching will span the whole counsel of God’s Word (Acts 20:27-28).

4.  We commit to helping you in times of need (Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35, James 2:14-17).

5.  We covenant that your pastors and deacons (when they are recognized) will meet the criteria assigned to them in
the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13 and 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-4).

6.  We covenant to pray for you regularly, particularly when you are sick (James 5:14).

7.  We covenant to be on guard against false teachers (Acts 20:28-31).

8.  We covenant to exercise church discipline when necessary (Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1).

9.  We covenant to help you become equipped to serve Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).

10.  We covenant to seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability as we study the Scriptures and follow the
Spirit (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-5).

11.  We covenant to set an example and join you in fulfilling the duties of church membership (1 Corinthians 11.1;
Philippians 3:17; 1 Timothy 4:12).

Church Member Responsibilities

With the guiding help of the Holy Spirit, I, the undersigned, covenant the following:

1.  I am a Christian who has been saved from my sins by the grace of Jesus Christ. I have been baptized as a confessing
believer to give testimony of my identification with the body of Christ and obedience to the Scriptures.

2.  I have read and understood the Resurrection Church doctrinal statement and by-laws and agree to not be
divisive to its teaching and content. I also understand the importance of submission to church leadership and will be
diligent to preserve unity and peace (Hebrews 13:7, 17; Ephesians 4:1-3).

3.  I will endeavor to maintain a close relationship with the Lord through regular personal Bible reading, prayer,
fellowship, and practice of the other spiritual disciplines. My journey in Christ will be evident through my active participation
in Resurrection Church gatherings. (Psalm 119:97, 105; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25).

4.  I will strive to properly manage the resources God has given me, including my time, body, gifts, talents, attitudes, finances,
and possessions (Ephesians 5:15-18; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:1-16; Galatians 5:22-26; Proverbs 3:9-10). This includes
 regular giving to Resurrection that is sacrificial and cheerful (2 Corinthians 8-9).

5.  I commit myself to the Resurrection Church family and agree to aid in fulfilling its missional purpose to bring the Gospel to
our community. I recognize that this will be accomplished by pursuing Resurrection Church’s vision and core values.

6.  I commit to using the spiritual gift(s) God has given me for the building up of the church, both as part of Resurrection Church
and universally (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:1-8; 1Corinthians 12:7-31). However, I understand that past, present,
or future temptations and failures (e.g. sexual misconduct) may disqualify me from serving in certain ministry capacities. I
understand that it is my responsibility to alert the leadership of any disqualifying temptations or failures. I realize that any
situation that is or can be unhealthy for the future of Resurrection Church is the responsibility of all to handle with love.

7.  I covenant to practice the humility and sacrificial attitude of Christ by considering the needs of others (Philippians 2:1-11;
 1 Corinthians 13:4-5), not gossiping (Proverbs 16:28, Matthew 18: 15-17), and seeking spiritual friendships (Proverbs 17:17).

8.  I covenant to follow the biblical procedures of church discipline and submit myself to informal discipline as I strive to live out the Gospel in community and formal discipline if the need should ever arise (Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1-5). If I withdraw from membership while the subject of pending disciplinary action according to Matthew 18:15-17, I expressly consent and submit to the church’s continuing authority to complete the disciplinary process set forth in our church by-laws.

9.  I covenant to submit to the authority of the Scriptures as the final arbiter on all issues (Psalm 119; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). God enabling me, I will strive to consider my commitment to this Membership Covenant on a yearly basis. I understand that it is an evaluative tool, as well as an affirmation of my continuing conviction and purpose. My responsibility will be to notify the Resurrection Church leadership if at any time I can no longer commit to this covenant, or if I have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding Resurrection Church.