|At the Vineyard, membership
happens within the idea of “covenant”
It’s an idea that is often seen in the Bible, where covenant was a binding agreement in which covenant members had certain obligations and could expect certain benefits in return. What makes a covenant different from a simple binding agreement is that covenant implies meaningful relationship. For example, God covenanted with Noah, with Abram, with the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai, and eventually brought about a new covenant, available to all through Christ. Through covenant, God continually called people back to the kind of life he intended for them.
In the Scriptures, covenant meant an agreement that lasted for life. At the Vineyard we’re attempting to use this meaningful term while recognizing that membership at a local church is often not for life. This is one reason why we annually ask members to renew their Covenant.
Every January, everyone in the Vineyard family is given the opportunity to become a Covenant Member for the upcoming calendar year whether it is to renew a covenant from the previous year or to sign a new covenant.
Any follower of Jesus is invited to become a Covenant Member of the Vineyard community. In covenanting with us, you both agree to and adopt our Kingdom Theology and our shared values - the Directions.
TOGETHER WE COVENANT TO MOVE:
Moving towards God
Moving deeper into ourselves that we might more fully understand and embrace who we are in Christ
Moving deeper in relationship within the community of faith
Moving outside of the church building as we work to serve our world