In order to fulfill the Great Commandments as given by Jesus Christ, we, the congregants and friends of Spirit of Hope, commit to creating, implementing and sustaining a culture of love, appreciation and trust. We covenant to uphold the following core beliefs and behaviors in our relationships with one another and in our relationships with those who are served by the ministry of our church:
Believing above all things that we are called by Christ to love one another (scripture) and that the actions we take will always affect other people in our congregation or community, before making any decision to act, a ministry team member/leader or any ministry team in our church will gather together and take into account the input of those who may be affected by any action that is being considered. All decisions will be made in alignment with this covenant of culture and the vision, values and ministry plan statements of our church. At all times decisions will be made because they will enable our congregation to build and sustain a greater number of loving relationships of goodwill between people as a result of the ministry of our church.
Believing that every member is called by God to be a minister (priesthood of all believers) and that our church exists to help each member fulfill his or her calling, ministries of our church will be created and implemented only if they can be supported through the gifts, interests, passions, skills and resources of our members. The only essential ministries of our church are those that help our members fulfill their God-given callings whether their ministry lies inside or outside of the church. It is the responsibility of our Church Staff to create learning opportunities that equip ministry team members and leaders to fulfill their callings to serve others.
Believing that every member is of esteemed value to our church (we are all brothers and sisters in Christ – scripture), we will assume that each person has good intentions as regards their involvement and actions taken as a part of our congregation. When things do not go as we have planned we will refrain from faultfinding and blaming one another and instead seek to help each other by dialoguing about the situation to clarify the issue. We will then brainstorm together to create and implement a positive solution that is of mutual benefit to all those involved.
Believing that we are called to seek reconciliation through forgiveness when we experience difficulty in our relationships with one another (scripture) we will address conflicts as soon as is possible. Believing that “conflict is the presence of two or more ideas in the same place at the same time,” when conflict occurs, we will take the time necessary to listen to the ideas of everyone involved. We will honor and respect people by not interrupting them when they are sharing their ideas and we will not debate the validity of any idea shared. We will view all ideas as valid information to be considered before attempting to find a solution that will work for the mutual benefit of all people involved. We will view all conflict in a new way; we will view it as a learning opportunity, which will bless and teach all those concerned.
Believing that Jesus Christ called us to imitate his servant leadership style (scripture), in all ways our paid and non-paid leaders exist to serve the witness of our congregation as depicted in this covenant and our vision, values and ministry plan statements. Therefore, at all times leaders will be able to show how each decision is made in alignment with the guiding documents of our church and our Covenant of Culture.