This is a sample covenant you can review with your group. The important function is to make sure everyone in your group is on the same page and has the same expectations for your group. It also helps establish appropriate boundaries to ensure kind and gracious conversations each week centered around the Word of God.
Lighthouses thrive on participation! The purpose of this covenant is to help you to discuss and clarify your group’s goals, expectations, and commitments.
Lighthouses: Their Purpose
Lighthouses are the place where family happens at First Family Church. Lighthouses exist to promote spiritual maturity and personal growth through meaningful Christian relationships and study of God’s Word (Romans 8:29 & Hebrews 10:24, 25). We’ll do this by focusing on four primary activities:
Each week we’ll take time to share what is happening in our lives. At first this sharing will include planned “sharing questions”. But after the first few weeks, it will become more informal and personal as we feel more comfortable.
Each week we’ll study a section from God’s Word that relates to the previous weekend’s sermon or an appropriate personal growth topic. Our goal is to learn how to live out our Christianity in everyday life.
Each week we’ll learn how to take care of one another as Christ commanded (John 15:9-13). This care can take many forms such as prayer, encouragement, listening, challenging one another, and meeting real needs.
Spiritual Growth is fostered not only by what we gain through the support and input of others, but also through service to others. The role each of us fills is important to the health of the church and for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community (Ephesians 4:11-16). Throughout the quarter, it is our hope that you can find and/or be affirmed in the ways God has designed you to serve, and make a difference in God’s Kingdom.
Five Marks of A Healthy Group
For our group to be healthy, we need to . . .
- Make spiritual growth our number one priority (Romans 8:29).
- Accept one another (Romans 15:7).
- Take care of one another (John 13:34).
- Treat each other with respect (Ephesians 4:25-5:2).
- Keep our commitments to the group (Psalm 15:1-2, 4b).
Here is a printable version of the covenant: Lighthouse Covenant (pdf).