From the People of
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
Our Covenant of Relationship
We understand that covenants are about promises and relationships and have to do with God’s people
fulfilling their side of the promise to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
We join together as a community of faith in this covenant of behavior as we conduct the sacred work of our church.
As children of God, and members of our local and connectional church, we will begin our thoughts and actions by thinking about the impact on others of what we think, say, and do. We promise to:
- Be steadfast in our relationship with God, with each other, and with the congregation even during times of change and difficulty. Romans 12:9-12 Hebrews: 10:24-25
- Encourage others to know God’s love through our discipleship and support and to pray for one another, our church pastors and church staff. Colossians 4:2 Thessalonians 5:12-13
- Give God thanks and praise for our many blessings, including our church family. Engage our church family with integrity, love and grace; trusting that all have the best intentions. Colossians 3:12-15 1 Peter 3:8-9
- Incorporate communicating clearly, completely and directly (gossip-free) in our relationships with each other, and listening to all viewpoints while refusing to accept or offer anonymous comments or complaints. Learn to trust each other and seek to deal constructively with disagreements, which are normal and expected. Matthew 18:15-17
- Need one another’s love and support in Christ to work together for what is best for our church as a whole, not just what may be best for an individual or a group within the church. Ephesians 4:3-4 and 4:15-16
We praise God for giving us his direction and teachings as the tools needed to honor this covenant. We will look to the Bible and Matthew 18:15-20 for a sacred method and process gifted to us by God to improve and resolve issues when we:
Find ourselves in disagreement with one another.
Feel we are not having our voices heard.
Become aware of communications which are inappropriate and hurtful to others and the body of the church.