Covenant’s Vision Statement
Encouraging one another to follow Jesus wherever we live, work, and play.
Covenant’s vision statement captures the core values of Covenant. The statement begins with our life together. The first part—encouraging one another—conveys the values of family and community that members and staff often use to describe Covenant.
Followers of Jesus is Covenant’s unifying mission. It’s who Covenant is: we are all disciples. Encouraging one another to follow Him is how we think.
The last part emphasizes our missional sending. We are sent to show others what following Jesus looks like, to be role models where we live, work and play.
Read an article in Cornerstone and listen to a recent sermon series to find out more about the vision statement.
Covenant’s Three Practices
Solitude. Community. Service. These three practices are the cornerstone of how God wants us to be shaped and formed, and it is important to engage in all three. First, we need solitude — to pay attention to ourselves and God. Second, we need a community — a group of people that knows our true selves. Finally, we need to engage in service — to reach out to neighbors with helping hands, an act that improves their lives and our own.
Chances are that even at your best you practice two of these well and avoid the other one completely. Maybe you feel uncomfortable sharing your life with others in community so you tend toward solitude and service. Or maybe you’re so busy serving others and investing yourself in your community that you rarely take time to pay attention to your own spiritual life. Whatever the case may be, our invitation to you this year is to examine your life and see how you might need to change to live a more balanced and intentional spiritual life.
Solitude is not so much about being by one’s self as it is about paying attention to one’s self. The demands of our busy lives make it increasingly difficult to carve out time to pay attention to our lives in the company of the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus sought solitude by retreating alone to pray, we too need to set aside time for spiritual examination that opens our hearts, minds and wills to the healing presence and guidance of God.
No one has ever been invited to follow Jesus alone. Following Jesus involves learning to be in relationship with everyone else that Jesus invites. In community with one another, we discover opportunities to grow in our practices of faith, hope and love.
Following Jesus always involves being sent with a mission to the world. The form of Christ’s mission in the world is one of service.