<< CONSTITUTION >>
We, members of the Church of Jesus Christ, praise God for His great salvation
and rejoice in the fellowship He has given us with Himself and with each other.
We are deeply stirred by what God is doing in our day. We believe that we are
living in a divine moment and we seek to maximize the opportunities unique to
this moment is history. We believe the Gospel is God's good news for all
humanity and that we have a mandate from the Lord of the Church to make
disciples of every nation. We believe that ministers need relationships for
mutual support, encouragement and accountability.
ARTICLE I: NAME
This organization shall be known as the COVnet.
ARTICLE II: NATURE
COVnet is a voluntary association of ministers, congregations and ministries
based upon agreements freely entered into by its members.
ARTICLE III: PEROGATIVES
The prerogative of the COVnet shall be:
ARTICLE IV: RELATIONSHIPS
To create a "network of networks" in order to foster relationships and
partnership between leaders and ministries.
To facilitate unity in the body of Christ.
To strengthen and encourage leaders in the United States and abroad.
To ordain men and women for ministry who share the vision and mission of
To recognize the credentials of men and women within local congregations,
networks, and trans-congregational ministries.
To provide a structure of accountability for the leaders of churches and
To provide counsel to leaders in matters involving personhood, performance and
To provide opportunities for personal growth and continuing education for the
leaders of ministries.
To buy, hold, sell, and by other means convey property, both real and chattel.
COVnet seeks to represent the values and ethics of the Body of Christ. These
values are understood to include unity, truth, equality, mutuality,
accountability, servanthood, and supremely love.
ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP
The membership of COVnet shall include men and women who have demonstrated
effectiveness in ministry, integrity in lifestyle, and a dedication to covenant
The membership shall include ministers who are credentialed by COVnet or other