The Bible makes it very clear that if two are going to walk together, there must be an underlying agreement (Amos 3:3). If people are going to come into a covenant relationship that is genuine and meaningful there must be a strong foundation for that relationship to be built upon. Covenant relationship in MFI is built upon four pillars.
Pillar #1 | Character
A commitment to Christ-like character is essential if those who are associated with MFI are going to represent Christ’s ministry effectively to the world. This means that MFI stands for the principle of servant leadership that is demonstrated by personal integrity, moral purity, financial responsibility and ethical standards of Christian conduct.
Pillar #2 | Common Vision
A commitment to a common vision is essential if those who are associated with MFI are going to be able to build a unified expression of Christ’s Church in the earth today. Unity of vision and direction, commonality of goals and purpose and even the affirmation of biblical principles and methods form a foundation upon which we can all build together.
Pillar #3 | Compatibility of Doctrine
A commitment to a common interpretation of the Scripture as it relates to basic doctrinal areas (i.e. God, Christ, man, sin, etc.), the eternal purpose of God, the place of the Church in God’s plan and the overall structure and government of the local church is critical if we are to effectively contribute to one another’s success.
Pillar #4 | Covenant Relationship
A commitment to be our “brother’s keeper” in a tangible way is the by-product of the other three pillars. A covenant relationship is a commitment to not only be concerned about ones own affairs but to also be genuinely concerned about the affairs of the other members of the Fellowship (Phil. 2:3-4). It is a commitment to the personal success of the other members and a willingness to lay our lives down to see that accomplished.
Commitment to One Another
There is such a wonderful strength in unity! Mutual accountability among MFI members means they are committing themselves as brothers and sisters to intentionally watch over one another to protect each other from errors and deception.
The biblical standards of MFI call for a commitment from each member to live out their lifestyle and leadership roles in accordance with the principles of God’s Word.
Commitment to Accountability
Commitment to accountability is someone saying, “Yes… I truly want someone outside of those under me in the Lord to be committed to my well-being; that they would be willing to make it difficult for me to go astray if they felt I was hurting my life and ministry.”
Membership in MFI is a serious thing. It is an honest and heartfelt commitment to be “my brother’s keeper.”
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” Eccl. 4:9-10