The first Congregationalists believed each church should be a gathering of believers joined together on the basis of trust and community led by the Spirit of God rather than creed or a strictly defined belief system. In these early churches, members held equal power, all of them responsible to each other and to God. Under these conditions, the covenant became the most important document to church life. In fact, the covenant formed the basis of peoples’ church life together and their relationship with God.
The importance of autonomy, and equality to congregational churches have continued until today; and as such, the covenant continues to play a central role in church life. Our covenant is as follows:
We confess our faith in God, our heavenly Father; in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior; and in the Holy Spirit, revealing to us the will of God in Christ. We endeavor, through the study of the Scriptures, to find guidance for our lives. We believe the mission of the Church is to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind, to work for the dissemination of knowledge, the advancement of justice, the reign of peace and the realization of human brotherhood. We look with faith toward the coming of the Kingdom of God and the attainment of life everlasting. We covenant together, therefore, as one fellowship, agreeing to abide by the government and discipline of this Church unless and until we are regularly dismissed therefrom. This we do for the glory of God, seeking Faith, Fellowship and Service in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Bylaws (pdf file):
The Congregational Church of Easton Bylaws
In addition to a covenant and bylaws, we have a retention policy that helps guide us on how to handle historical materials and documents related to the day-to-day operation of our church. Feel free to reach out to us on our contact page, and we will be happy to talk to you about those policies.