Our Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Having received Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord, and being in agreement with the vision, mission, and direction of this local church, I feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church family. I commit myself to God and to the other church members to pursue excellence in private and corporate worship, evangelism and discipleship. I promise the following:
I will protect the unity of the church:
By acting in love toward other members
By refusing to gossip, and
By following and supporting the Pastor
I will share in the responsibility of the church:
By praying for my Pastor and other ministry leaders
By daily seeking opportunities to share my faith
By warmly welcoming those who visit
will serve the ministry of the church:
By developing my gifts and talents,
By equipping myself for service, and
By pursuing excellence in my area of ministry
I will support the testimony of the church:
By regularly participating in corporate worship,
By developing relationships of accountability, and
By paying my tithes, giving an offering, and striving to live a debt free life