A Family-Integrated Reformed Christian Church seeking to connect the unconnected to Christ and together grow to full devotion to Him!

In Proverbs 29:18, English Standard Version, it says, “18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off
restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.”

God’s Vision for Christ Covenant Church is…
to reach believers and not-yet-believers through Family Integrated Ministry, Service Ministry, and Evangelism Ministry
which accompanies our confession of the Gospel.

Family Integrated Ministry:
Family integration is the embodiment of the belief that the most basic context for the believers which make up most
fundamental institution of all human society is the family. When families break down, so do culture and nations.

Family integration strives to create a church whose practices and ordinances strengthen families. If a church is populated
by weak or loosely bound families, then sooner or later, the church will struggle and falter. What structure can withstand
the challenges of our world with a foundation that is crumbling?

In light of this need to preserve and protect the family, Christ Covenant Church has decided not to offer any form of
children’s church. Why would we do this? The absence of children’s church means that families sing together, pray
together, learn together, and grow together. Everything is done with and through families. We think this is the best form of
youth ministry and discipleship training.

Additionally, we encourage family members to grow within their Biblically defined roles by providing specific teaching and
opportunities to put into practice the lessons learned. It is this kind of family-based spiritual development that we believe
enables families to live out the discipleship principles taught in Deuteronomy 6.

Family Integrated Churches come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. There are FICs in virtually every denominational and
theological tradition, and in most sections of the country. While no two FICs are exactly alike, simply said they do have
certain distinctives in common:

•        Families Worship Together…If you’ve ever walked into a FIC during a worship service, perhaps the first thing that
 struck you was the fact that there were so many babies and small children in the service. We have grown
 accustomed to the presence of children in the service, and the children grow accustomed to being a part of the
 worship experience. No one will stop you at the door if you try to enter our service with your toddler.

No Systematic Age Segregation…One of the biggest distinctions of a FIC is the absence of age-graded ministries.
 We do not have segregated youth ministry, or children’s ministry per se (If younger children are separated at any
 time, they are always taught by an elder and/or and elder’s spouse to assure sound doctrine). First, these ministries
 are not part of the biblical church model. The Bible is clear on whose job it is to disciple children...parents. Second,
 these ministries can work against the Biblical mode. Parents who are relieved of their discipleship duties tend to
 become dependent on those who have taken over the job. And, as Dr. Alvin Reid has noticed, “The largest rise of
 youth professionals in history has been accompanied by a decline in youth evangelism effectiveness.”

Evangelism and Discipleship through Homes…We teach parents to evangelize and disciple their children and their
 neighbors. We emphasize the ministry of hospitality, family worship, catechism, and family discipleship. Thus,
 instead of placing the burden on paid professionals to “do the work of the ministry,” we equip the saints to do it.

Education as a Key Component of Discipleship…Jesus said, “A pupil is not above his teacher, but everyone, after
 he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher
” (Luke 6:40). Whoever educates a child is discipling that child. We
 work hard to help parents see the importance of Christian education, and to help them make biblical choices as it r
 elates to this part of their children’s discipleship.

Why Family Integration?
We believe the family is an integral part of the unfolding of God’s eternal purpose for the redemption of sinners. This
salvation has been passed on in great measure to the succeeding generations of parents who faithfully disciple the
children God gives them. Therefore, the biblical order and unity of the family are crucial to the stability and health of the
Church of Jesus Christ. Statistics clearly support that when parents disciple their own children, an overwhelming majority
of those children remain in the faith after leaving home. However, when that job is delegated to the church staff, a
similarly overwhelming majority leave the faith. Why do they leave the faith when they leave the home? Why are children
disconnected from their parents’ faith?

Voddie Baucham, Jr. writes in Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes:

"It’s important that we recognize the synergy between what we do as churches and what people do in their
families. It’s quite unreasonable to assume that things can continue to hinder family discipleship on a corporate
level and yet allow us to see success in a personal level. The things we do corporately will go a long way toward
determining how much we can expect to change privately. If there’s a crisis at church, there will most assuredly
be a crisis in the home as well."

We believe the generation gap is widened with the age-based segregation and fragmentation common in most churches
today. The typical family experience on Sunday morning is one filled with separate classes, separate social influences,
and many times separate worship experiences. In the age-segregated experience, children are constantly bombarded
with competing influences which often seem more compelling and attractive than mom and dad. How can parents
compete? We believe they shouldn’t have to.

Family integrated churches recognize the need to protect families from being broken apart so that the parents remain the
primary influence in the children’s lives. When the hearts of the children are turned toward their parents, true discipleship
can happen, and the key to a multi-generational vision for Christ’s Church is established.

How is this possible?
Family integration runs counter to the prevailing winds in our culture. Everywhere you look, temptations exist to break
away from God’s design for the family and for His church. It is a daunting task to think about rejecting cultural norms
where appropriate and walking in a way that may seem a bit peculiar.

Many of us have not grown up in churches where family unity is protected and preserved, and such an emphasis on the
family requires the parents and the children to pursue their Biblical roles with great perseverance. In a church where
programs and age-segregated ministries aren’t there, the parents are the only ones left to take the leads in discipleship
and training. This is unusual territory for many of us because so much of our spiritual and educational experiences have
historically been characterized by turning our children over to the “the experts”.

However, no one knows or loves children more than their parents, and God commands parents to take the lead in whole
life discipleship in places like Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6. Therefore, we focus on equipping the family to function
as God intended. Fathers are exhorted to lead and teach. Mothers are encouraged to support and nurture. Children are
trained to respect authority and be service minded. But we can’t do it alone. A family integrated church is essentially a
“family of families”. In a fashion similar to family unity, we strive to build a community of believers who share the vision of
extending God’s Kingdom through the generations. Just as openness and honesty is critical within a family, so also is it
vital for a church body.

When churches comprised of strong families extend their influence throughout our society, God will be glorified, and the
world can be changed.

Service Ministry:
Reaching believers and not-yet-believers through the humble act of service, representing the hands, feet, heart, and mind
of Christ, regardless of whom we come in contact with or whether we receive credit for the service rendered. Our first
responsibility is to take care of the needs of the saints (Romans 15:26-31, 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Acts 2:42-47) and our
utmost ministry is to look after the widows and orphans amongst us (James 1:26-27). All this because Scripture tells us,
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another...” (John 13:35, English Standard

Evangelism Ministry:
The intentional ministry of our church is to cast the seed of the Gospel in our community, our nation and our world
through our everyday lives and corporately as a church through various opportunities, including mission efforts. We
recognize that evangelism requires the spoken, taught, preached and proclaimed Gospel or Good News of Jesus Christ,
understanding that faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:13-17) the Gospel and it alone, being the power of God for
salvation of all men, is effective and without fail to all whom God calls unto Himself.

Jesus gave us our mission. His last charge to His followers was, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I
have commanded you
." (Matthew 28:19-20). We rephrased those words into a simple mission statement:

    "To connect the unconnected to Christ and
    together grow to full devotion to Him."

Everything we do is measured against this mission. We are called to reach those who are far from God and to ensure
that believers grow to maturity.
"A Place to Call Home"
831 FM 2917 RD
Alvin, Texas 77511
Phone: 281.331.4619
Fax: 281.331.5014

Shepherd's Heart School
"Growing a greater future
831 FM 2917 RD
Alvin, Texas 77511
Phone: 281.331.4619
Fax: 281.331.5014
From Alvin:
Travel down 35 toward Angleton
Turn left on FM 2917 RD
(Stop light & Chevron Station)
CCC is located about 1 mile
down on the left

From Liverpool:
Travel down 35 toward Alvin
Turn right on FM 2917 RD
(Stop light & Chevron Station)
CCC is located about 1 mile
down on the left