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Our Future Affiliation

40 Days of Prayer for Covenant

Aug. 28 – Oct. 6, 2022.

The people of Israel spent 40 years in the desert prior to entering the Promised Land. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before beginning His public ministry. And Jesus appeared to His disciples over a period of 40 days between His resurrection and ascension showing them that He was alive and speaking to them about the Kingdom of God.

For a period of 40-days, Covenant will engage in a season of prayer, reflection, and holy conversation in order to discern God’s future for our congregation regarding our denominational affiliation. Our 40 Days of Prayer will start on Aug. 28 and conclude on Oct. 6, 2022.

The guiding tenets …

This season of discernment will be grounded in the following principles in order to demonstrate the character of Christ and promote unity in our congregation:

We will be Spirit-led.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.  —Proverbs 3:5-6

We will seek to live out the prayer, “Not my will, but yours be done,” through humility and the power of the Holy Spirit.

We will be loving.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  

—Colossians 4:6

We will nurture an environment in which all members are heard, honored, and respected.

The process will be honest & informative.

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.  — Proverbs 18:15

We will foster spaces where we can seek wisdom and discover truth.

Incorporate a rhythm of spiritual disciplines as we intentionally seek guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Gather the information you need. Attend Bible study, a Town Hall, and peruse resources.

Let’s engage together in thoughtful, honest, and open conversations. Connect in small Living Room Gatherings or talk with pastors one-on-one.

As a Covenant member, you have a crucial part in the decision process. Discover what you need to know to cast your vote.

Seek:

Connect with the Holy Spirit

As we make decisions about the future of Covenant, our first step should be to go to God. During this 40-day season, we will step into the rhythm of spiritual discipline with opportunities for devotions, prayer, and fasting as we open ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Devotionals

Join live Pastor-led devotionals | 9a Wednesday mornings on Facebook

Prayer

View the “40 Days of Prayer” Daily Prayer Guide

Fasting

View the “40 Days of Prayer” Fasting Plan

Learn:

Gather Information

One of the first steps in preparing yourself for your role in the process is learning as much as you can. How did we get here? Why are we talking about future affiliation? What does it all mean? How does this work? We want you to feel informed and fully confident in your knowledge. To help, we have several informational forums in which you can participate. In addition, we’ll be adding links and resources here to help you along your path.

Submit your questions

If you have specific questions surrounding Covenant’s future affiliation process, chances are someone else has them too. Please submit your questions so that we can respond through our upcoming forums and FAQ. You can also choose to have your question answered directly. Questions may be submitted anonymously.

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If you have specific questions surrounding Covenant’s future affiliation and/or process, chances are someone else has them too. Please submit your questions here so that we can respond through our upcoming forums and FAQ. You can also choose to have your question answered directly. Questions may be submitted anonymously.

Town Hall

Sunday, August 28 | 2p

Join us for an Informational Town Hall meeting in the sanctuary. Childcare is available.

Foundations Bible Study: Discernment

Wednesdays 6-7:30p

This fall the Foundations Wednesday Night Bible Study will focus on the questions surrounding the discernment process informed by scripture and Wesleyan tradition. The class will run  Sept. 14-Oct. 5. Childcare is available.

FAQ

View a list of frequently asked questions. This list will be updated as additional questions are submitted.

Resources

View a collection of fair and balanced resources to aid in understanding the issues at play. These will be updated throughout the process. 

Engage:

Join the conversation

We are committed to thoughtful, open, and honest conversation. If you have questions or want to engage with others as you process information, we want to assure you that there will be space for that conversation. Throughout this discernment period, you will find a variety of forums available for you.

Living Room Gathering

Small intimate conversational groups gathered in homes to promote open conversation and listening. Gatherings will take place on Sept. 8, 15, and 22.

Conversation with a pastor

The Covenant pastor team is available for you. If you’d like to meet one of our pastors individually, please click here to reserve a time.

Vote:

Make your decision

Sunday, October 23 | 2p

On Oct. 23 at 2p in the sanctuary, there will be a Church Conference to determine Covenant’s future affiliation. All in-person Covenant members* are invited to vote on this decision. (There will be no digital avenue for voting, so please plan to attend in person.)

*Following the dictates of the Book of Discipline, only physically present members of Covenant Methodist Church will be able to vote

Check my membership status

Not sure of your membership status? Please click here to verify membership prior to the vote date.

Church Conference on Affiliation

Sunday, October 23 | 2p

Mark your calendar for this important date in the life of Covenant.

You must be present to vote!

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832.510.4823

832.868.4575 (español)

8555 Creekside Green Drive,
The Woodlands, Texas 77389

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832.510.4823

832.868.4575 (español)

hello@covenantconnects.org

8555 Creekside Green Drive,
The Woodlands, Texas 77389

the connects life center

Take your next step at covenantconnects.life our connection hub and one-stop shop for life at Covenant.