COVENANT OF THE TOUCHET VALLEY PASTORS
We profess by faith that the following prayer of Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, is being fulfilled in our gathering together:
   
"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ: (Romans 15:5,6, NIV).
   
In light of Paul's prayer from Romans, we commit ourselves to the following covenant:
   
  1. We view our individual ministries as extending beyond the local faith communities we represent and commit ourselves to God's service to the larger Body of Christ that embraces all believers in our valley. Our aim is not to establish and promote our own kingdoms, but to see God glorified in the Body of Christ in the Touchet Valley.
  2. We commit to meet regularly to pray for the people of the Touchet Valley, united in the faith that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One who can bring lasting, positive spiritual transformation in the individuals, marriages, families, and communities.
  3. We agree to honor and respect each other's ministries and uphold one another's good reputation. We will consciously avoid fault-finding an instead pray for one another. We pledge to refrain from betraying the confidence of a brother pastor, especially in personal matters that could bring harm.
  4. We will promote and endeavor by God's grace to model healthy, loving relationships in our marriages, families, churches, and community. Realizing that we are human and may sometimes hurt or offend each other, we are committed to seeking reconciliation and healing through asking and offering forgiveness to one another.
  5. We will endeavor by God's grace to speak the truth in love in every situation. To that end, we agree to avoid any deception or manipulation in our ministries and in our relationships on the community. We agree to refrain from promoting our own ministries by criticizing or degrading fellow pastors and their respective theological positions.

   
Finally, we commit to hold one another accountable to this covenant we have entered into according to the process of discipline Jesus outlines in Matthew, chapter 18. We pledge to encourage each other and serve each other in our ministry together in the Touchet Valley.
     
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