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Spirituality

covenanting

Through Covenanting, our alternative approach to membership, we invite you to make commitments, on an annual basis, to practices that deepen your connection with God, the Hope.Gate.Way. community, each other, and the world. If you feel like you are ready to make some deeper commitments in your journey of faith, we invite you to take this step.

Whether you have had the opportunity to covenant before or not, whether you’re new to our community or a longstanding member, the process is the same.

  • Spend some time in prayer, reflecting on where you are on the journey of faith and where you sense God leading you.
  • Use the personal covenant sheet to record some commitments of your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness, for this year ahead. Those already printed on the form are considered expectations of all who are covenanting. Use the sheet with examples if it’s helpful, but do not feel confined by or limited to these examples.
  • Consider the four questions that will be asked of all who wish to covenant. (Our responses to these questions represent our intention or our posture. None of us is perfect, but as we grow deeper in our faith, we aim to grow in our faithfulness to these covenant commitments.)
  • Covenanting Questions

  • Will you be faithful in seeking to follow in the way of Jesus, which is the way of love, peace, justice, and compassion?
  • I will, with the help of God.

  • Will you be faithful to Christ and this community through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?
  • I will, with the help of God.

  • As you seek to grow in your faith, will you commit to the spiritual practices described in your personal covenant?
  • I will, with the help of God.

  • Will you, by the grace of God, do all that you can to share God’s love, and witness to the work and word of Jesus Christ in the world?
  • I will, with the help of God.

    Download the Covenanting documents:

  • Covenanting introduction
  • Your personal Covenant form
  • Examples for Covenanting
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