Join the COVENANT COMMUNITY

WHAT?
The Covenant Community is our version of membership.  Together, we will strengthen our values, broaden our core, and release people to follow Jesus together.  Although anyone connected to The Vine is a part of our community, we have a Covenant Community so that people can say “yes” to the movement at The Vine both personally and corporately.

Our Covenant Community is not an ambiguous pledge but an annual commitment; focused on the next chapter of the community’s journey and your personal journey.  In January, the leadership shares the plans for the next year and re-casts the mission of the church.  Some things change but the overall mission stays the same.  Individuals can commit or recommit themselves to this covenant with one another for that upcoming year. 

WHY?
We believe the best way to learn to follow Jesus is in a community.  We were not designed to be with God alone.  We are called to be a reflection of God who is and always has been in community.   The Bible speaks of the church in images that include a connection with one another as well as with God.  

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5

WHEN?
Every other month, The Vine will hold gatherings where people can join the Covenant Community.  The next gathering will be Sunday after church on November 17, 11:15am-noon at Covington MS.

HOW?

  1. Use the form below to sign up for the next Covenant Community Gathering.

  2. Review the documents on the bottom.

  3. Attend the Covenant Community Gathering.

  4. Fill out an electronic covenant form after the event.

  5. We will present the Covenant Community in a church-wide newsletter after the gathering has taken place.

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If you cannot make the gathering, but would like to join the Covenant Community at the time, contact mark@thevineaustin.org


Before the Gathering,  review these following documents:

The Vine Statement of Beliefs- We affirm the only "requirement" for membership is a belief in Jesus as Savior and Lord.   That being said, many would like to know what the leadership of a community believes.  This document spells out the core convictions for The Vine.

Covenant Form - We will use an electronic version of this form, but this shows the aspects of our covenant with one another.

Guardrails - Guardrails are a series of short, pithy statements that we use as rallying points—both for our staff and for the entire church. They are a way to encapsulate our theology and philosophy in memorable phrases.  Also, Guardrails exist to keep us accountable to keep us on the path we believe God has us.  We share these guardrails because it is important to share the culture we hope to create.

What Does Our Denomination Believe - The Vine is a part of a larger family, the Covenant Church.  Read through this booklet to see the central affirmations of our denomination.