Northside Drive Baptist Church Covenant
United in the faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed in history, disclosed in the Scriptures, and experienced in human life, we do solemnly make this covenant together:
We will proclaim the Good news of Jesus Christ and God's call to all people to repentance and faith, to reconciliation and hope, to social and economic justice;
We affirm God's call to laity and clergy to be servant ministers following the model of our Servant Lord and to the full partnership of all Christians in the mission and ministry of God's church;
We will accept responsibility under the authority and guidance of Jesus Christ to shape our church's life and mission, call our own leadership, and ordain any Christian whom we perceive as gifted for ministry;
We will respect the freedom of individuals to read and interpret the Scriptures as they are led by the Holy Spirit within the family of faith;
We will offer and promote Christian education for all ages, characterized by reverence for biblical authority and respect for open inquiry, with our goal being the development of a mature and thoughtful faith in the hearts and minds of God's people;
We will be a church of missions, recognizing the infinite worth of every person and believing that Christ has called us to active involvement on behalf of God's creation;
We acknowledge that we are part of the universal church of Jesus Christ and affirm professions of faith made in other Christian traditions by those seeking to join our congregation;
We pray, through God's grace, to be a church where all God's children will experience their inalienable rights given by God: To be loved, to know they are loved, and to learn to love others as God has loved them.
May our lives be filled with God's hope and presence as we affirm this covenant through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.