If you’re new to Eleven22 then you may be asking what are your next steps for getting connected. Also, you may be asking, “What the heck is a Covenant Member?" Well, we sat down with our Executive Pastor, Ryan Britt, to ask him a few questions about Covenant Membership.
What is a Covenant Member exactly?
At Eleven22, we believe the body of Christ is most effectively realized in the context of the local church. The local church is a part of God’s design; we are a community on mission to make Him known in Jacksonville and around the world. Covenant Membership is a way of gratefully belonging to this community of believers and is a very healthy next step for many in their faith journey. It’s not something you do in order to get something out of it, receive special rights or recognition. On the contrary, it’s something you do when you’re ready, when God has brought you from a place of 'come and see' to 'come and live’ to 'come and die.' Covenant membership is just an outward expression of an inward work of grace in your life. Ultimately, it's a commitment to this faith family of Eleven22, and is the deepest point of belonging. It’s a way of saying "I’m all in all the way.” Basically, if you are declaring God is before all things, as a part of Eleven22, then it's the right next step for you.
Why wouldn’t someone want to be a Covenant Member?
Some of the things I’ve run into over the years is that some people have had bad church experiences in the past and keep the church at arms distance in order to protect themselves. It usually comes down to an issue of trust. Do people believe this is a step God has for them, and do they trust this is the people God has them living on mission with in the church? Or, some people are just checking this church out or are new to their faith, and it may not be the right decision at this time in their life. But, I do believe that if anyone is called or led to be a part of this movement, then Covenant Membership is something they should pray hard about and be obedient to God’s leading.
What does it mean to be a Covenant Member?
Being a Covenant Member doesn’t give you “rights” or special access. You move from a consumer to a contributor; from an attender to an owner. It’s a public declaration of your willingness to give up your rights and accept responsibilities. We are in the disciple-making disciples business and our Covenant Members are the most committed disciples in helping people discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Covenant Members are the people who always step up to go first just like God went first. They are first in serving, first on mission, first in prayer, and first financially. When the church launches new initiatives, they're the first to say I’ll go. I’ll give up my seat. I’ll be the first to make a commitment. I’ll cheer the loudest at baptisms. It's a way to gratefully belonging to this community of believers, and fully partnering with us in this movement.
How do I become a Covenant Member?
Sign up to attend a class. We will walk you through what Covenant Membership is and why it matters. Then, you can decide if it's the right next step for you or not. Visit coe22.com/membership to sign up for a class. We hope you check it out.