Household Faith Covenant
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Why and What

Mother and Child in PrayerThe Household faith covenant includes the reason we are meeting and what we hope to get out of this group. The covenant lists the names of the Leader, the Host and the other members of each Household. The frequency of their meetings is clearly set out and what they will study when they meet. They will also agree on how they will worship. The start time and length of each Household meeting is decided and the start and completion date for their covenant. There are many advantages to having a covenant. It establishes the Household as a family unit rather than a group.

Reshaping Vision

Children Playing TogetherIt is best to meet regularly every week but some may want to build in breaks for the Household, e.g. over summer and Christmas if that is the wish of the group. The covenant allows for a reshaping of the vision and purpose of the Household as it grows and matures together. A good way to begin the discussion of a household covenant is to encourage members to talk about what they hope to get out of the group. The first time that the group is together you may need to provide some guidelines about the teaching materials you will use, the sharing time and type of worship you will use.✞

Clear Attainable Goals

share experiencesList the goals of the household of faith. They should be clear, attainable and include specific items required. Ask such questions as "What are we going to study?" One of your aims should be to get to know one another well and to share our experiences together. Ask how will this happen? Does this take place during the sharing time? You will grow to trust and support one another by building friendships, by praying and worshipping together. By sharing our mutual beliefs and personal faith stories we will grow together as a group

"Household Faith Covenant"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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