Originally founded as the “Christian Evangelical Missions Congregation of Kennedy” on October 8th, 1883, the Kennedy Covenant Church underwent a name change, various buildings and a relocation, but the core of what we believe and who we are has remained steadfast.
What we Believe:
From our early days, 5 basic affirmations have defined our shared convictions, they include:
1. We affirm the centrality of the word of God. We believe the Bible is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. The dynamic, transforming power of the inerrant word of God directs the church and the life of each Christian.
2. We affirm the necessity of the new birth. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation has come” (2 Corinthians5:17, NIV). New birth in Christ means surrendering ourselves to him and receiving forgiveness, acceptance, and eternal life. It means being alive in Christ, and this life has the qualities of love and righteousness, joy and peace. New birth is only the beginning. Growing to maturity in Christ is a lifelong process for both individuals and communities of believers.
3. We affirm the Church as a fellowship of believers. Membership in the Covenant Church is by confession of personal faith in Jesus Christ and is open to all believers. We observe baptism and Holy Communion as sacraments commanded by Jesus. We believe in the priesthood of all believers—that is, we all share in the ministry of the church. The church is not an institution, organization, or building. It is a fellowship of believers who participate in the life and mission of Jesus Christ.
4. We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit. The Covenant Church affirms the Trinitarian understanding of one God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The New Testament tells us that the Holy Spirit works both within individuals and among them. We believe it is the Holy Spirit who instills in our hearts a desire to turn to Christ, and who assures us that Christ dwells within us.The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to us as individuals and binds us
5. We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1, NIV). This freedom is a gift of God in Christ, and it manifests itself in a right relationship with God and others. It is not a private gift to be used selfishly, but is given to serve the community and the world.
The Kennedy Covenant Church is a pilgrim church. Until Christ comes, we worship, serve, and witness so that the whole earth may hear God’s voice, learn of God’s love, and experience God’s joy.