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“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  – 2 Peter 3:18

God’s people are to be a growing people. With our Lord’s admonition in mind, we seek to provide resources for our church to grow deep and wide in the grace and knowledge of Christ and His Word.

Elder Visits

The elders at Christ Covenant Church desire to keep with the long-standing Christian tradition of household visitation (Acts 5:42, 20:20). This is an opportunity for at least one of the elders to interact personally with your family (usually at your home) to assist your growth in the Lord and our ability to pray for you. By means of visitation, we who are entrusted with the care of souls, can check the spiritual pulse and welfare of the body. It is also a special opportunity for husbands and fathers to reflect on the condition of their marriage and children.

Baptism

The elders of Christ Covenant Church rejoice that you are preparing to be baptized. Below are some instructions to make sure you are ready to go for Sunday.

We typically conduct baptisms right after the Scripture Reading portion of the worship service. Pastor Ventura will invite those who are being baptized to come forward to the baptismal waters, and your family (or close friends) are welcome to stand with you. When everyone is gathered and in place, Pastor Ventura will say a few words about the meaning of baptism, and then he will administer the vows. You can read a sample of this service by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ventura.

Education Fund

In order to assist the members of Christ Covenant Church with the Christian education of their children, the elders have established a Christian Education Fund. This fund provides need-based scholarships to students who are homeschooled or attend Christ the King Academy.

Membership Process

Step 1. Review our Bylaws and Doctrinal Statement. Note any questions you have for the elders.
Step 2. Meet with the elders for a membership interview.
Step 3. Schedule with Pastor Ventura which Sunday you would like to take the membership vows (see below).

*If you are transferring your membership from another church, you should request a “Letter of Transfer” from your previous church.

Membership is reckoned by a household of one or more people in the same family. A household is eligible for membership when the head of that household has been lawfully baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19) and does not contradict his profession through his manner of life (Matt. 7:22-23). Membership begins when the covenant membership vows have been taken (Philemon 2; Heb. 13:7, 17). The Elders oversee a membership list, which must include names, baptisms, and communicant status.

Our membership vows are
  1. “Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in need of salvation by Christ, and do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving and resting upon Him alone as He is offered in the gospel?”
  2. “Have you been baptized in accordance with His Word?”
    *Or, for credo-baptist households, “Have all who profess faith in your household been baptized in the Triune name?”
  3. “Do you swear in the name of God, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, to live in a way that becomes followers of Christ?”
  4. “Do you swear in the name of God to support the ministry of this church in its worship and work, submitting to its government and discipline, while pursuing its purity and peace?”

When the vows are presented to the head of a household, he will also be asked if he speaks on behalf of his household. When these vows are taken, the congregation will respond with “Amen” when they are asked:
“As members of this congregation of Christ, do you receive [this Christian/these Christians] into the covenant fellowship of this local church?”

In special cases, as circumstances warrant, individuals may come under our pastoral care without coming into membership.

As children of member households become more independent, it is the practice of the elders to invite them to reaffirm their membership as their own household. The elders will usually begin this conversation with children of member households after they turn twenty-one.