The Summit Church Member Covenant
Being a member of a church means many different things to different people. One of The Summit’s greatest convictions is that church membership should be meaningful. Therefore, we believe it is important to covenant together as a church family.
As a member of the covenant community at The Summit Church, I commit to love God, because…
Our foundation is the gospel – it is the principle doctrine of the faith that both reconciles us to God and helps us to grow in our relationship with Him. Therefore:
We are committed to the true, biblical Gospel (1 Cor. 15, Jude 3, 2 Tim. 3:16).
We are committed to knowing the gospel with excellence, and living out its implications in everyday life (1 Pet. 3:15, Gal. 2:14).
I aﬃrm the Bible’s inerrancy, its centrality to the church’s mission, and the need to submit to its teaching in all matters of life.
I aﬃrm The Summit’s confessional statement, found at www.summitdenver.org/beliefs.
I aﬃrm my responsibility to grow in Christ and his gospel through the consistent practice of spiritual disciplines.
Love The Summit Community
As a member of the covenant community at The Summit Church, I commit to love The Summit community, because…
The gospel creates community – we are committed to living life together and challenging one another to grow in Christ. Therefore:
We are committed to being a church consisting of those who are actively following and pursuing Jesus (Rom. 12:5, 1 Pet. 2:4-5, Matt. 18:15-20).
We are committed to a uniﬁed church (Phil 2:1-11, Rom. 12:3-8, Heb. 10:24-25).
We are committed to a biblically ordered church (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Heb. 13:17).
I aﬃrm my new birth in Christ, and my responsibility to live consistently with this through obedience to his commands.
I aﬃrm that I will protect The Summit’s unity, and will not undermine the mission with my actions or words. I will preserve the unity of biblical fellowship in matters of non-essential beliefs or preferences.
I aﬃrm that because we are members of one body, we will share life with one another and prioritize gathering together.
I aﬃrm that I will submit to the biblical leadership of the church and support the leaders in prayer.
Love Denver and the World
As a member of the covenant community at The Summit Church, I commit to love Denver and the world, because…
Our community is missional – we exist not for ourselves but rather for the joy of others, as we strive to be a well-equipped community of missionaries that reaches Denver with the gospel. Therefore:
We are committed to God’s fame instead of our own (1 Cor. 10:31).
We are committed to giving generously to the mission and living sacrificially for its progress (2 Cor. 8:9).
We are committed to every member as a missionary (Matt. 28:16-20, 2 Tim. 2:2).
I aﬃrm that we are God’s church and not our own. My preferences, needs, and desires are secondary to the mission and vision of the church.
I aﬃrm that I will give my time, resources, and money in a sacriﬁcial manner consistent with the gospel.
I aﬃrm my responsibility to evangelize and make disciples who can make disciples. This is as much my responsibility as it is the church’s leaders.
I aﬃrm I will pray regularly for the city of Denver and its people.
The Summit’s Leadership covenants to:
Consist of leaders who are tested and approved according to the Biblical requirements of eldership (1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).
Function primarily in three ways for the purpose of honoring Jesus and seeking the growth of The Summit’s members as followers of him: (1) Shepherd Leaders (2) Teachers of God’s Word and (3) Equippers of the congregation for the work of ministry (1 Pet. 5:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:1-2; Eph. 4:11-13).
Be on guard against false teachers (Acts 20:28-31)
Exercise church discipline when necessary (Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5; Gal. 6:1).
Set an example and join in fulfilling the duties of church membership (1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4:12).
I have read and affirm The Summit Church’s confessional statement and covenant with the church family to love God, love The Summit community, and love Denver and the world.