The Bible teaches us that there is a blessing that God reserves for us when we are in unity. This is not a unity where everyone believes exactly the same thing, spends time together, and gets along. This unity, or community, is a place where people love each other relentlessly, always ready to forgive, and choosing daily to lay down their lives for each other. The document below is not for perfect people, but for people who value their relationships enough to put processes in place to make restoration and reconciliation possible. The Remnant Covenant was first signed and became official in November of 2012.

The Remnant Covenant

WE, as followers of Jesus Christ, members of Remnant Ministries, and participants in the life of this Congregation do hereby Covenant to treat each other with:

RESPECT: we will treat others with thoughtfulness and deference
PATIENCE: we will understand the journeys of others are not all the same and care will be given to allow the Holy Spirit to work with each of us in His own time
KINDNESS: we will be sympathetic and compassionate to each other
HONESTY: we will speak the truth, as far as we are aware and able, at all times
RELIABILITY: we will keep our word, to the extent we are able, and will only make agreements that we intend to keep
FORGIVENESS: we will forgive each other, just as we have been forgiven by our Heavenly Father
HONOR: we will treat others with respect, dignity, and worth
LOVE: we will lay down our own thoughts, opinions, actions, and lives for the good of each other

When someone breaks this covenant by not behaving in the manner in which we have agreed, we commit to:

STEP 1: Go to the person one-on-one: go with love, humility, pre-forgiveness, and the whole truth (to the best of your ability) with the intent of bringing restoration
STEP 2: Go with someone else: bring a third party who can see the situation with a fresh perspective and seek resolution and restoration
STEP: Go with the group: bring the situation before the whole group to show a united effort to find resolution and restoration
STEP: Separation: break fellowship until repentance and restoration can happen

Steps for reconciliation should be taken in the order prescribed above, and no steps should be taken beyond what is required to resolve the matter.

This Covenant is effective until the time of renewal/review of the Covenant (approx. one year) after which time all who wish to renew their covenantal relationship with Remnant Ministries, in the presence of Jesus Christ and this Congregation, will be permitted to reaffirm their commitment by signing this document.

All who enter into this Covenant are asked to do so circumspectly and with a full understanding of the requirements and consequences contained herein.