Definition and Purpose
Covenant Groups are small intentional communities in our congregation in which participants find support, encouragement, and spiritual friendship. Each group has a facilitator whose primary role is to create a hospitable space for meaningful relationships to form through dialogue, study, and prayer. The groups provide a place where questions and doubts can be raised in an environment of acceptance and trust, where experiences and insights can be shared, and where the work of discerning God’s call is shared.
The word Christians use to talk about God’s relationship with us is “covenant.” The covenant that God made with Israel, which is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, is grounded in God’s faithful promise to be in relationship with us despite our brokenness. We might say the covenant is the context in which we are invited to be in authentic relationship to God and to others. Covenant Groups exist to cultivate authentic, deep relationships characterized by vulnerability, interdependence, and wholeheartedness.
Vulnerability: We don’t wear masks. We let ourselves be seen by God and others. By being vulnerable with one another before God, we allow for God’s Spirit to transform us.
Interdependence: We recognize that we are not individuals but persons in need of community. Our identities are strengthened by learning to belong to each other.
Wholeheartedness: We seek to lead integrated rather than divided lives together.
Sermon Discussion Guide
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Covenant Groups FAQ
TIP: We have discovered that groups that meet outside of the walls of the church develop community and intimacy more quickly. We also encourage groups to meet regularly (every week or every other week).
TIP: Think about regularly involving your children in the life of your community. Plan a Saturday service project or a social gathering that will include children.