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This ministry focus paper presents a process for session and staff to create a leadership team covenant that will lead to a sustained missional, communal, and spiritually formational culture at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church (CLPC) in Houston, Texas. The congregation is forty-five years old and has 1,100 members. Located near the Johnson Space Center, CLPC is faced with the challenge of exploring new ways to be faithful to the mission of God in an increasingly postmodern society. It is confronted with the challenge of a nearly complete turnover of program staff coinciding with the arrival of its new lead pastor.

The paper has three major parts. Part One examines the critical leadership issues facing CLPC and the church’s ministry context. This section also assesses the shortcomings of the missional church and spiritual formation literature that CLPC leaders have studied. Part Two analyzes four major covenants in Scripture and presents the three theological themes that are present in all of them. Part Three applies these biblical and theological conclusions to a specific plan to develop a leadership covenant at CLPC.

This project assumes that the culture of an organization, shaped by its formal and informal agreements, is foundational to effective goals and strategies. It also assumes that organizational leaders play a critical role in shaping organizational culture. Finally, it is important to clarify that the project provides an informational and theological framework to design a process of covenant making as opposed to determining how a covenant ought to be written.

Content Reader: George Cladis, DMin

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Cladis, George

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Clear Lake Presbyterian Church (Houston, Tex.); Spiritual formation; Church renewal; Missional church movement; Covenant theology


Missions and World Christianity


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