Reference Church Constitution (Article IX-approved 2007)
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, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter intocovenant 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 and holines
-to give it a place in our affections, prayers, and services above every organization of human origin;
-to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine;
-to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses,
for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor
and the spread of the gospel throughout the world.
In case of difference of opinion in the church, we strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern us.
We also engage
-to maintain family and secret devotion;
-to study diligently the Word of God;
-to religiously educate our children;
-to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances;
-to walk circumspectly in the world;
We further engage
-to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others;
endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
-to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work;
-to guard each other’s reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others;
-to participate in each other’s joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another’s burdens and sorrows;
-to cultivate Christian courtesy;
-to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules
of the Savior in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid
evil report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.