Our 2016 Commitment Ceremony
Membership at GoWC-C
We invite you into a year of adventurous experimentation – which includes trying on a new way of understanding membership.
During September, please prayerfully reflect on the 13 GoWC-C Membership Commitment statements. (See below)
Become a member of GoWC-C:
- if you have been a part of a seed group, the intro series or Emmaus
- believe that these commitments are a way to the richness and fullness of life that God intends
- you are willing to try to live into these commitments.
Join the Decision Making Circle (DMC) if you become a member and are able to make a one year commitment to this group. The DMC actively listens to the community and reflects these opinions as it makes decisions at monthly meetings.
During the ceremony, children will also be invited to commit to loving Jesus, following Jesus and helping others follow him.
Grain of Wheat Church-Community Identity Statement
As Members of Grain of Wheat we uphold the essence of our original Covenant, a statement of faith and identity, written by our founders in the early 1980’s.
We serve God, the Holy Three in One: Creator of all, Redeemer in Jesus Christ, and Sustainer through the Holy Spirit. Called to be in communion with God, with each other, and with the rest of creation, we seek inner transformation through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and we commit to participation in God’s mission in the world.
As an ecumenical Christian church-community, part of the Body of Christ, we desire to be both a welcoming place of worship, and an intergenerational community. We desire to know and follow Jesus. We seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We want to be a source of spiritual, emotional and material support for our community and for others. We cultivate right relationships with other churches and faith communities, and work towards healing love, peace and justice for all people.
Acknowledging our need of God’s blessing, we continually strive in changing times to better express and fulfill our commitments to God, the world, and each other. We make the following commitments believing they are the way to the richness and fullness of life that God intends.
The 13 Commitments
1. We acknowledge God as the central inspiration for our life together and participate in
a. Grain of Wheat Church Community prayer and worship
b. Personal prayer and practices that promote spiritual growth
c. Biblical reflection and learning
2. We are disciples of Jesus and strive to live Christ-like lives by
a. Welcoming and caring for the stranger, the newcomer, the poor, the sick, the prisoner
b. Sharing the Good News, our resources and our gifts with the community and the world
c. Living a Life of Enough by resisting consumerism and conserving resources
d. Working for reconciliation in all things (relationships, structures, creation)
3. We support Grain of Wheat Church-Community Life by
a. Giving and receiving caring support and practical help
b. Building relationships by participating in community gatherings
c. Discerning God’s will for our individual lives, for GoW, and for the world
d. Making space in our lives for participation in GoW’s ministries
e. Speaking and acting for peace and justice
f. Accepting and offering accountability for Members’ Commitments