Our method for ministry follows the pattern that God has set in the covenant:
Ministry through the family structure.
Every covenant that God has made with mankind has always been made with the head of a family and includes the family. Even national covenants were family covenants.
Old Testament Pattern
Israel was not seen as a collection of individuals, but a collection of families in their civic focus. Therefore, only the head of household was numbered in the Old Testament, since he represented the whole family.
New Testament Pattern
The same pattern is found in the New Testament (e.g., Acts 4:4). The Great Commission is advanced so that “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Acts 3:25).
Pattern in Baptism
Baptism was ordinarily applied to families (Acts 2:38-39; 3:25; 10:48; 11:14-18; 16:15,31-34; 18:8; 1 Cor. 1:16; Gal. 3:26-4:1).
Pattern in Communion
Communion meals were administered by household to those who had faith (In the Old Era – Ex. 10:9; 12:3-4; Deut. 12:6-7,11-12,17-18; 14:26,29; 26:11-12; in the New Era -Ps. 22:26-31; Zech. 14:16-17; 1 Cor. 11:1-16 in context of chapters 10-11)
A Pattern of Respecting Family Integrity
Ministry was seen as a family affair (1 Cor. 16:15). We believe that the family is the most fundamental unit of society, and that church and state must not erode the family’s integrity.
By way of analogy, just as the states originally retained all powers not granted to the federal government in the Constitution, similarly, Dominion Covenant Church believes that the family retains all powers and all ministries that are not explicitly granted by the Scriptures to either the state or the church. “God sets the solitary in families” (Ps. 68:6), and we too want to minister to singles and make them welcome.