Our Relational Culture

Within Sanctuary Covenant Church, we seek to glorify God in all we say and do. When it comes to how we interact with one another, we intend to “conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27). This means being a church of love. It sometimes means walking hand in hand even when we don’t see eye to eye. We therefore agree to abide by the following guidelines for our interactions and relationships.
  • We seek always to build each other up and not tear down. (Ephesians 4:29)
  • We want to be incredibly good at listening and paying full attention to one another. (Ecclesiastes 3:7b; James 1:19)
  • We strive to speak words that are true, loving, and clear. (Ephesians 4:2-3, 15, 32)
  • We believe the best of each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
  • We respect, honor, and treasure every pastor and leader in the church. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)
  • We seek God’s will and the overall goodness of the church as a whole rather than what may be best for us or for some small group in the church. (Colossians 3:1-3)
  • We are willing to be inconvenienced by relationships, and we love one another patiently rather than begrudgingly. (1 Corinthians 13:4; Colossians 3:12)
  • We celebrate our God-given differences, consider conflict and disagreement normal, and practice reconciliation that honors all parties. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 5:23-24)
  • Because we influence one another, we each seek to build a culture of gratitude rather than complaint, and faith rather than worry. (Job 1:22; Philippians 4:8; James 1:16-17; Colossians 3:15b, 17)