The following statements were adopted by those who wish to be a part of the faith community at Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community Church in March 2014. All persons are expected to adhere to these statements in order to form authentic, responsible, and healthy relationships within the church. Leaders within our faith community are required to utilize these components, practices, and expectations in all their dealings as a representative of this church. We are grateful for the immeasurable blessings we’ve received through the example of “recovery” organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous in creating these statements of right relationship.
12 Components of Faith Enacted in Community
1. In partnership with the Holy Spirit, we are made powerful beyond measure. Yet we are limited in our perspectives and understandings based on our experience. When we allow our limitations to define our entire worldview, we experience chaos in our relationships. Therefore we rely on the all-knowing God for direction and grace, and we use our power ONLY for creating goodness and enacting compassion.
2. We believe in a power greater than ourselves, whom we understand to be “God” (inclusive of the Father/Creator, Son/Christ, and Holy Spirit) that can be relied on to keep us sane and compassionate and building community.
3. We daily, intentionally turn our will and our lives over to God – through the Creator, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
4. We choose to live in awareness, making a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves in order to live in right relationship with all others (our neighbors).
5. We make a practice to honestly reveal to God and to ourselves the exact nature of any wrong we commit, and to share that revelation with another human being in safety. Likewise, we trust our neighbors to make such revelations and refrain from harsh judgment whenever possible.
6. We live in the readiness to have God remove all our defects of character.
7. We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
8. We honestly consider the relationships of our past and present and make a list of all persons we have harmed. With time and prayer and revelation, we find the willingness to make amends to them all.
9. With God’s leading, we choose to make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong, we make a practice to promptly admit it.
11. We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having experienced a spiritual awakening as the result of these components of faith, we carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs.