What are Covenants?
A covenant is an oath-bound promise to bless and/or to serve in some specified way. When you commit to a particular ministry area at The Turning Pointe, you will be asked to sign a Covenant statement.
- Covenants are Biblical. To check some of them out, see Gen. 21:22-34; 1 Sam 18:3, 23:18; Josh 9:15; Gen. 17:7-8; Hosea 6:6-7; Gen 12:1-3; Exod. 19:5; Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:23-25.
- Covenants remind us of the importance of what we do, and our ministry. It’s much more fulfilling for all of us to remember that we are doing Kingdom building rather than just “church work.”
- Covenants set out in broad terms what is expected from us, and what we can expect from the specific ministry described. It’s unfair to ask people to do ministry, but not to describe what that ministry is. You can’t know if a ministry is suited to your gifts and graces if it is not outlined and described.
- Covenants re-enforce God’s honoring of our faithfulness. (Matthew 25:21: The master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant!’)
- Covenants get everyone on the same page, so that we can move forward without wondering who is doing what, and when.
- Covenants make mutual commitments: they are not just one-way. In The Turning Pointe’s covenant there is a specific person you can go to if you need spiritual help and direction. The Turning Pointe covenant also promises when your term of service will end.
- Covenants take us to the next level of Christlikeness, committing us to do the important ministry for which God has called us.