What is a covenant and why do we need one?
Why do we need a covenant? Consider this definition of a covenant (albeit one emerging from a different context than ours) in a recent article on the Alban Institute website:
“It is not a set of rules that, if broken, will result in a hand slap for the offender. Rules make relationships rigid. They constrain. They limit. Covenants, on the other hand, offer us goals that are in keeping with the values and teaching of our faith. They give us a way to talk about the behavior and practices we adopt in our work together as leaders who wrestle with change and with differences. “