Vows

We are familiar with seeing vows in a wedding. These vows are public commitments between a man and a woman, who are pledging their love and fidelity to each other for life. Vows have also been used for centuries as commitments under God between church members and their pastors. Below you will find the vows Church on Mill will use during the December 3rd, 2017 Members Meeting. In this historic meeting, our newly affirmed elders will be asked to recite the vows below as a solemn reminder of the commitment they are making. The members of the church will, in turn, recite vows that acknowledge the church’s acceptance of the men as our pastors.

Elder Vows

[To the elder(s) being installed]

  1. Do you reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inerrant Word of God, totally trustworthy, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, complete in their revelation of God’s will for salvation, and sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you affirm the Eldership Statement of Faith and commit to teach in accordance with it, since it contains the truth taught in Scripture?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you gladly agree to this church’s understanding of a congregationally-governed, elder-led, and deacon-served local church, and do you pledge to submit to your fellow elders in the Lord?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you promise to protect this church from false teaching and false teachers by faithfully guarding biblical doctrine, and do you pledge to promote the purity and peace of this church even if persecution or opposition may arise?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you promise to feed this church by passionately preaching and teaching the whole counsel of Scripture, in order that the biblical gospel be proclaimed and the members be equipped for every good work?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you promise to lead this church through sacrificial, courageous, and humble pastoral oversight which will remind the church of God’s good authority?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you promise to care for the spiritual needs of all church members, and as fellow members, receive the care of this church, even as you help members learn to diligently care for one another?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Do you promise to serve as examples of mature, increasing Christlikeness, in order to adorn the gospel in your manner of life and invite the church into ever-growing holiness?

By God’s grace, I do.

  1. Notwithstanding the many demands placed upon the elders, do you take personal responsibility to devote yourself to prayer, the ministry of the Word, and the shepherding of God’s people, in such a way that Church on Mill, and the Lord Jesus himself will be blessed?

By God’s grace, I do.

 

[To the gathered church affirming new elders]

  1. Do you, the members of Church on Mill, acknowledge and publicly receive these men as elders, and thereby as gifts of God to this church?

By God’s grace, we do.

  1. Will you promise to love them, to pray for them, and to work together with them humbly and gladly, that we may accomplish the mission of the Church, giving them all due honor and support for the pastoral leadership to which the Lord has called them?

By God’s grace, we do.

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