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In 2022, the Elder Council commissioned a task force to review and combine our historic Confession of Faith and the 2017 Member Confession into one statement of faith document. Members will vote to adopt the proposed Member Covenant & Confession at the Congregational Meeting & Worship-Based Prayer Night on Sunday, May 19 at 5 p.m.

In the video below, Pastors Mark and Mitch discuss the context for these changes.

Motion

Proposed Amendment

Read the Proposed Amendment to Member Covenant & Confession to learn more about the changes and to read the proposed Member Covenant & Confession that members will be voting to adopt.



Confession Comparison

View a side-by-side comparison of the historic Confession of Faith, the 2017 Member Confession, and the proposed Member Covenant & Confession.

Congregational Meeting

Members will vote to adopt the proposed statement Sunday, May 19 at 5 p.m.

Doctrines Class/Q&A

In lieu of Congregational Q&A sessions, all congregants are invited to attend the upcoming Doctrines Class. The class will be offered on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. or Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting the week of April 14. You can attend one session or all four. Each session will include a Q&A time where you can ask questions about the proposed Member Covenant & Confession.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we have two statements of faith?

In 2017, the congregation adopted the Member Confession as a means to clarify a) the meaning of “substantial agreement” with the Confession of Faith; and b) what must be believed to become a member of College Park Church. This was a helpful and unifying step, but resulted in two statements of faith: The Confession of Faith (historic) and the Member Confession (2017).

What revisions were made to the Member Confession (2017) in creating the Member Covenant & Confession (2024)?

A side-by-side comparison of the Confession of Faith (historic), the Member Confession (2017), and the new Member Covenant & Confession (2024) can be viewed in the Statement of Faith Task Force Reconciliation.

Why are the elders recommending a new statement of faith?

Two reasons: additional clarity and continued functionality. In order to eliminate the confusion of operating with two statements of faith, the Elder and Pastor Council is recommending the adoption of a single text, the Member Covenant & Confession (2024). The Member Covenant & Confession (2024) is very similar to the existing Member Confession (2017) with some minor revisions the task force believes will improve its functionality for our present day and time.

What values guided the task force in coming to this recommendation?

We believe this step holds value for College Park Church for three reasons:

1. It is healthy to review confessions of faith.
2. Our statement of faith should reflect the church’s core value of “Biblical Unity in Diversity.”
3. We should keep revisions minimal and retain alignment with historical confessions and scriptural language.

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