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Diocesan Council Covenant of Leadership

A Covenant of Leadership

(Reaffirmed by Diocesan Council Dec. 11, 2010)

Our Promises to God
We promise to pray, alone and together, to thank God and to ask for God’s help in our
lives and in our work for our Church, and we promise to listen to God’s answer to us.

Our Promises to Our Diocesan Family
We promise to demonstrate our leadership and commitment to our diocese by
our example.

We promise to support our diocesan pastors and staff so that their efforts can be
most productive.

We promise to try to discover what is best for our diocese as a whole, not what may be
best for us or for some small group in the diocese.

Our Promises to Each Other (as Council Members)
We promise to respect and care for each other.

We promise to treat our time on the Council as an opportunity to make an important gift
to our diocese.

We promise to listen with an open, nonjudgmental mind to the words and ideas of
others in our diocese and on the Council.

We promise to discuss, debate, and disagree openly in Council meetings, expressing
ourselves as clearly and honestly as possible, so we are certain that the Council
understands our point of view.

We promise to support the final decision of the Council, whether it reflects our view
or not.

Reprinted from Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences by Gilbert R. Rendle,
with permission from the Alban Institute. Copyright ©1999 by The Alban Institute, Inc., Herndon, VA. All rights
Copyright © 2007 CREDO Institute Inc., et al. All rights reserved.

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