This past Sunday evening our congregation held its quarterly business meeting. In my report to the congregation, I recommended that the congregation adopt a new church covenant, and I introduced the words I was recommending. I didn’t take the time on Sunday evening to support the statement, I only read the words. Over the next several weeks, then, I will seek to offer support on why the church should adopt this new church covenant. I will publish these posts on this blog, print them for bulletin inserts and post them on our building bulletin board. In this post, I will introduce the text of the church covenant. Subsequent posts will answer pertinent questions such as, Why a church covenant?, Why a new church covenant?, and Why this church covenant? At the outset, I hope the members know that this is their decision. I also hope they will not feel an obligation to adopt this covenant merely because I am recommending it. I understand that my responsibility is to convince them that this is best. Here is the wording that I am recommending.