Covenants of Action
Covenants of Action bring together Baptist churches from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to build relationships with each other and work together to create positive change in the community beyond their churches.
They are formed when two or more congregations from the same city or region – sometimes as geographically close as down the street from one another – engage in serious and hard conversations about what it means to form a covenant with each other. The congregations forge new bonds of fellowship, and identify a pressing issue in their communities to work together to address. Covenant of Action projects have included literacy programs, food justice initiatives, and economic development advocacy, but we encourage new covenant partners to think creatively to identify an issue specific to their community that God may be calling them to address.
All Covenants of Action are rooted in Christ’s call to ministry found in Luke 4:18-19:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
This text anchors our work and motivates us to overcome historic divisions within the Baptist family. We know that we are stronger together and that when we come together in fellowship and to take action, we can make our work a demonstration of the Kingdom of God, and make vital changes in our communities.