Covenant Church

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Covenant Church is the best. It has impacted me so much. Everything is incredible from the Kids ministry to the youth ministry and main service. There is many ways to connect to Gods people and to grow in your faith. DO NOT BELIEVE ALL THE HATERS. God has just blessed the Hayes family so much.

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Covenant Church is the best. It has impacted me so much. Everything is incredible from the Kids ministry to the youth ministry and main service. There is many ways to connect to Gods people and to grow in your faith. DO NOT BELIEVE ALL THE HATERS. God has just blessed the Hayes family so much.

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As a member of Covenant Church for almost Five years now, I am surprised to hear a lot of the incorrect unfounded comments on this page.

Tithing: First of all if you do your research you will find that the Lord not Mike Hayes has asked that you tithe. With that said less than 5% of Christians obey the Lord's commandment. So let??s not shoot the messenger. After all he is responsible for his flock. If everyone did tithe not just at Covenant but all church bodies then the abundance of outreach work that is currently realized by way of the church would flourish to the point that poverty could literally be averted. By the responses that I have witnessed on Tithing, It is apparent that many of these negative posters are not in the 5% but rather in the 95% who would rather keep the Lords money. So let??s think about whom is really thinking about Money, Money, and Money. During my time at Covenant as a Non-Member as well as with Membership, I have never been asked to divulge any financial information nor has anyone that I know. However Don't think for a second that the Lord doesn't know who is being faithful in their giving. If I were a non-tither, I would rather the church know instead of the all-knowing God but there doesn't seem to be a way around that does there?
Lastly one poster was correct in stating that Mike Hayes does NOT orchestrate his own salary. He is very open with the fact that an outside firm decides what his salary and the staffs?? salary is on an annual basis. And by the way he tithes on that salary as well. The question you should ask as you get out of his pocket and into your own is are you tithing on that high salary that the Lord has blessed you with..

Saints, the Lord truly does bless those who follow his law of giving. It is not just Monetary; it is your time and talent. I am a true witness to this as I did not consistently Tithe until 2001, when my wife and I decided at a former church to "Try God? This is something that I will never forget because our life changed from that time forward. When your household salary jumps 54% in 10yrs with no College degree you can't tell me the Lord is not in it. If the Lord can trust you with the 10% in which he has asked, he will increase you knowing that you will no doubt use it to further his kingdom. Notice this has nothing to do with Mike Hayes but everything to do with Tithing. Now what does have to do with Mike Hayes is the fact that in the process people all over the world are afforded the ability to hear the good news by way of internet, onsite missionaries, not to mention the disaster relief victims and those in need that are blessed as a result.

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As a member of Covenant Church for almost Five years now, I am surprised to hear a lot of the incorrect unfounded comments on this page.

Tithing: First of all if you do your research you will find that the Lord not Mike Hayes has asked that you tithe. With that said less than 5% of Christians obey the Lord's commandment. So let??s not shoot the messenger. After all he is responsible for his flock. If everyone did tithe not just at Covenant but all church bodies then the abundance of outreach work that is currently realized by way of the church would flourish to the point that poverty could literally be averted. By the responses that I have witnessed on Tithing, It is apparent that many of these negative posters are not in the 5% but rather in the 95% who would rather keep the Lords money. So let??s think about whom is really thinking about Money, Money, and Money. During my time at Covenant as a Non-Member as well as with Membership, I have never been asked to divulge any financial information nor has anyone that I know. However Don't think for a second that the Lord doesn't know who is being faithful in their giving. If I were a non-tither, I would rather the church know instead of the all-knowing God but there doesn't seem to be a way around that does there?
Lastly one poster was correct in stating that Mike Hayes does NOT orchestrate his own salary. He is very open with the fact that an outside firm decides what his salary and the staffs?? salary is on an annual basis. And by the way he tithes on that salary as well. The question you should ask as you get out of his pocket and into your own is are you tithing on that high salary that the Lord has blessed you with..

Saints, the Lord truly does bless those who follow his law of giving. It is not just Monetary; it is your time and talent. I am a true witness to this as I did not consistently Tithe until 2001, when my wife and I decided at a former church to "Try God? This is something that I will never forget because our life changed from that time forward. When your household salary jumps 54% in 10yrs with no College degree you can't tell me the Lord is not in it. If the Lord can trust you with the 10% in which he has asked, he will increase you knowing that you will no doubt use it to further his kingdom. Notice this has nothing to do with Mike Hayes but everything to do with Tithing. Now what does have to do with Mike Hayes is the fact that in the process people all over the world are afforded the ability to hear the good news by way of internet, onsite missionaries, not to mention the disaster relief victims and those in need that are blessed as a result.

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The church is great. I was one of the first youths to join Neotropolis and I would not of had it any other way. It is great for youths off all ages. I am glad to hear that pastor Joel is now in charge of it. He is great. I hope that anyone who reads this and is in the area get to go there at lease once in there life because it WILL change you.

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The church is great. I was one of the first youths to join Neotropolis and I would not of had it any other way. It is great for youths off all ages. I am glad to hear that pastor Joel is now in charge of it. He is great. I hope that anyone who reads this and is in the area get to go there at lease once in there life because it WILL change you.

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Elizabeth D,

I am sorry that your communication was not returned. Please feel free to call me 972-512-4456. I am a pastor at Covenant & would love to talk to you.

Peace,

Jay

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Elizabeth D,

I am sorry that your communication was not returned. Please feel free to call me 972-512-4456. I am a pastor at Covenant & would love to talk to you.

Peace,

Jay

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The music is great and the church multicultural. However, I had three phone calls not returned, four emails not responded to, and one good ole paper and pen letter that didn't evoke a response either. I'm still waiting for a pastor to say, 'We apologize, we could have done better.'

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The music is great and the church multicultural. However, I had three phone calls not returned, four emails not responded to, and one good ole paper and pen letter that didn't evoke a response either. I'm still waiting for a pastor to say, 'We apologize, we could have done better.'

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I recently visited this church while in town just prior to and during the 10.10.10 conference. It was most enjoyable, and the different speakers from all over the world were wonderful and knowledgeable.

Pastor Amy was most annointed in her presentation of God's word; it is quite apparent God has selected her for a time such as this, and is preparing her to work along side her father to prepare for the future.

I would encourage the church to bring her forward more often. She has been blessed in speaking, and it seems clear to me that God is preparing her to be a leader for the growth of this church. I feel she will have an impact on many if given the opportunity.

Pastor and Mrs. Hayes seem quite sincere in their service to God.
They spoke very openly and even prayed down on their knees publicly. What a great example of humility and servility and leadership.

This is a wonderful church with the most amazing music ministry I have ever heard. The worship is so heartfelt that you can't help but be moved.

A visit would be great for anyone in this city or visiting from out of town.

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I recently visited this church while in town just prior to and during the 10.10.10 conference. It was most enjoyable, and the different speakers from all over the world were wonderful and knowledgeable.

Pastor Amy was most annointed in her presentation of God's word; it is quite apparent God has selected her for a time such as this, and is preparing her to work along side her father to prepare for the future.

I would encourage the church to bring her forward more often. She has been blessed in speaking, and it seems clear to me that God is preparing her to be a leader for the growth of this church. I feel she will have an impact on many if given the opportunity.

Pastor and Mrs. Hayes seem quite sincere in their service to God.
They spoke very openly and even prayed down on their knees publicly. What a great example of humility and servility and leadership.

This is a wonderful church with the most amazing music ministry I have ever heard. The worship is so heartfelt that you can't help but be moved.

A visit would be great for anyone in this city or visiting from out of town.

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I AND,,mY hUSBAND RECENTLY VISIITED COV CHURCH IN CAROLLTON AND REALLY ENJOYE PASTOR AMY. I HAVE A QUESTION SINCE IM NEW IN THE AREA. IS IS THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH AND GET INVOLVED AND GIVE CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TITHES WIHICH I HAVE BEEN A SAVED CHRISTIAN FOR 3YRS NOW AND DIDNT KNOW IF YOU HAVE TO PAY TO BE A MEMBER. I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WTH TITHING SINCE WE HAVE DONE THAT AT OUR OTHER CHURCH. THATS GODS WORD. I SAW ALL THESE REVIEWS AND ITS NOT ABOUT RELGION ITS ALL ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. I KNOW ALOT OF PPL THAT HAVE ALOT OF PROBLEMS ABOUT WHIEN A PASTOR PREACHES ABOUT MONEY BUT ITS GODS WORD. HOW DO PPL EXPECT FOR THE CHURCH TO RUN ON ITS OWN. AND GOD SAYS THAT WE ARE NOT TO JUDGE PPL ESPECIALLY A MAN OF GOD. WE CAN ALL CALL OURSELVES CHRISITIANS GO TO CHURCH WED AND SUN READ THE BIBLE. TALK IT WALK IT BUT GOD LOOKS AT OUR HEART THATS WHAT MATTERS AND COUNTS MORE TO HIM. NO ONE KNOWS OUR HEARTS BUT THE LORD. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW PASTOR MIKES HEART... WE DONT ONLY GOD DOES. WE CAN ALL DRESS TO IMPRESS BUT NO ONE BUT GOD KNOWS OUR HEART AND HOW WE LIVE ONCE WE LEAVE THE CHURCH. DO WE COME JUST BECAUSE ITS TRADITION OR RELGION OR BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. ITS ALL ABOUT WHERE ARE HEART IS.. AND WE CAN NEVER HIDE FROM HIM. HE HATES US TO COMPLAIN ALL THE TIME SO WHY DO IT. WE MUST BE CHRIST LIKE AND TRY OUR BEST TO LIVE HIS WAYS NOT OURS. WE ALL HAVE CHOIICES; WE CHOOSE OUR OWN FREE WILL OR LIFE... AND IF WE CHOOSE OIUR OWN FREE WILL THEN WE AR DENYING GODS WORD AND HIS LAW. WE MUST TRY OUR BEST ALSO TO BE IN RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD AND ITS A JOURNEY THATS NOT IMPOSSIBLE BUT NOT EASY BUT IT WILL BE ALL WORTHI IT IN THE END WHEN HE SAYS TO US" WELL DONE ' WHEN WE MAKE IT TO HEAVEN. MY JOURNEY IS NOT TO GAIN MONEY LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS DO WE LOVE MAMMON MORE THAN GOD? MY JOURNEY IS TO ACCEPT CHRIST AS MY
LORD N SAVIOR AND THANK HIM FOR WHAT HE GIVES N TAKES AND ON HIS WILL BE DONE NOT MINE. TO LIFT UP PP;L IN PRAYER AND SAVE SOULS. I AM NOT ASHAMED TO SPEAK TO PPL WHO ARE BROKE BUSTED AND DISGUSTED BECAUSE THAT WAS ME UNTIL I GAVE MY SELF TO HIM AND SURRENDERED MY ALL TO HIM. GOD NEVER LEAVES US OR FORSAKES US THAT HE PROMISES BUT IF WE DONT GO THRU THE VALLEYS THEN HOW WILL WE GROW SPIRITIUALLY AND FRUITFUL. I GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY IN GOOD N BAD TIMES. ITS NOT ABOUT U OR ME ITS ALL ABOUT HIM AND WHY WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF HIM. MAY GOD GIVE EACHI AND EVERYONE OF U GRACE MERCY AND MOST OF ALL SALVATION IF YOUR NOT SAVED. I PRAY FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE COMMENDED PASTOR MIKE AND HIS WIFE BECAUSE HE IS A MAN OF GOD THAT GOD HAS ANNOIITED HIM AND HIS WIFE. WE SHOULD NEVER SPEAK ABOUT ANY PASTOR ,MINISTER ETC LIKE THAT. GOD IS ANGRY AT THE WICKED EVERYDAY. WHAT THEIR BLESSED WITH AND ALSO PASTOR AMY IS GODS BLESSING TO THEM. IF THEY ARE USING PPLS MONEY UNWISELY THEY WILL ANSWER TO GOD. IF YOU BELIEVE THEY ARE AND STILL GO THERE THEN YOU TOO WILL ANSWER BECAUSE YOU KNOW IF ITS FALSE DOCTRINE. WHICH I DONT ITS NOT JUST BY CORENCEDENCE THAT YOUR THERE ITS GODS PLAN FOR YOU TO DO HIS PURPORSE IN YOUR LIFE. ONE LAST QUESTION CAN SOMEONE ANSWER. CAN A WOMEN PREACH BEHIND A PULPIT?

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I AND,,mY hUSBAND RECENTLY VISIITED COV CHURCH IN CAROLLTON AND REALLY ENJOYE PASTOR AMY. I HAVE A QUESTION SINCE IM NEW IN THE AREA. IS IS THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH AND GET INVOLVED AND GIVE CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TITHES WIHICH I HAVE BEEN A SAVED CHRISTIAN FOR 3YRS NOW AND DIDNT KNOW IF YOU HAVE TO PAY TO BE A MEMBER. I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WTH TITHING SINCE WE HAVE DONE THAT AT OUR OTHER CHURCH. THATS GODS WORD. I SAW ALL THESE REVIEWS AND ITS NOT ABOUT RELGION ITS ALL ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. I KNOW ALOT OF PPL THAT HAVE ALOT OF PROBLEMS ABOUT WHIEN A PASTOR PREACHES ABOUT MONEY BUT ITS GODS WORD. HOW DO PPL EXPECT FOR THE CHURCH TO RUN ON ITS OWN. AND GOD SAYS THAT WE ARE NOT TO JUDGE PPL ESPECIALLY A MAN OF GOD. WE CAN ALL CALL OURSELVES CHRISITIANS GO TO CHURCH WED AND SUN READ THE BIBLE. TALK IT WALK IT BUT GOD LOOKS AT OUR HEART THATS WHAT MATTERS AND COUNTS MORE TO HIM. NO ONE KNOWS OUR HEARTS BUT THE LORD. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW PASTOR MIKES HEART... WE DONT ONLY GOD DOES. WE CAN ALL DRESS TO IMPRESS BUT NO ONE BUT GOD KNOWS OUR HEART AND HOW WE LIVE ONCE WE LEAVE THE CHURCH. DO WE COME JUST BECAUSE ITS TRADITION OR RELGION OR BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. ITS ALL ABOUT WHERE ARE HEART IS.. AND WE CAN NEVER HIDE FROM HIM. HE HATES US TO COMPLAIN ALL THE TIME SO WHY DO IT. WE MUST BE CHRIST LIKE AND TRY OUR BEST TO LIVE HIS WAYS NOT OURS. WE ALL HAVE CHOIICES; WE CHOOSE OUR OWN FREE WILL OR LIFE... AND IF WE CHOOSE OIUR OWN FREE WILL THEN WE AR DENYING GODS WORD AND HIS LAW. WE MUST TRY OUR BEST ALSO TO BE IN RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD AND ITS A JOURNEY THATS NOT IMPOSSIBLE BUT NOT EASY BUT IT WILL BE ALL WORTHI IT IN THE END WHEN HE SAYS TO US" WELL DONE ' WHEN WE MAKE IT TO HEAVEN. MY JOURNEY IS NOT TO GAIN MONEY LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS DO WE LOVE MAMMON MORE THAN GOD? MY JOURNEY IS TO ACCEPT CHRIST AS MY
LORD N SAVIOR AND THANK HIM FOR WHAT HE GIVES N TAKES AND ON HIS WILL BE DONE NOT MINE. TO LIFT UP PP;L IN PRAYER AND SAVE SOULS. I AM NOT ASHAMED TO SPEAK TO PPL WHO ARE BROKE BUSTED AND DISGUSTED BECAUSE THAT WAS ME UNTIL I GAVE MY SELF TO HIM AND SURRENDERED MY ALL TO HIM. GOD NEVER LEAVES US OR FORSAKES US THAT HE PROMISES BUT IF WE DONT GO THRU THE VALLEYS THEN HOW WILL WE GROW SPIRITIUALLY AND FRUITFUL. I GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY IN GOOD N BAD TIMES. ITS NOT ABOUT U OR ME ITS ALL ABOUT HIM AND WHY WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF HIM. MAY GOD GIVE EACHI AND EVERYONE OF U GRACE MERCY AND MOST OF ALL SALVATION IF YOUR NOT SAVED. I PRAY FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE COMMENDED PASTOR MIKE AND HIS WIFE BECAUSE HE IS A MAN OF GOD THAT GOD HAS ANNOIITED HIM AND HIS WIFE. WE SHOULD NEVER SPEAK ABOUT ANY PASTOR ,MINISTER ETC LIKE THAT. GOD IS ANGRY AT THE WICKED EVERYDAY. WHAT THEIR BLESSED WITH AND ALSO PASTOR AMY IS GODS BLESSING TO THEM. IF THEY ARE USING PPLS MONEY UNWISELY THEY WILL ANSWER TO GOD. IF YOU BELIEVE THEY ARE AND STILL GO THERE THEN YOU TOO WILL ANSWER BECAUSE YOU KNOW IF ITS FALSE DOCTRINE. WHICH I DONT ITS NOT JUST BY CORENCEDENCE THAT YOUR THERE ITS GODS PLAN FOR YOU TO DO HIS PURPORSE IN YOUR LIFE. ONE LAST QUESTION CAN SOMEONE ANSWER. CAN A WOMEN PREACH BEHIND A PULPIT?

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I had been saved a year when the Holy Spirit called me to Faithworld (now Covenant) and there were many others callled at that specific time. It was an amazing time for all of us. Pastor Mike had been called to start a church in Carrollton, and the Holy Spirit brought it about. Pastor Mike was called and anointed to do it at that time....and the Holy Spirit ordered every step.
I was a divorced single mother and a new believer,
and full of the world...it took me a while to understand all the Don't do this and don't do that instructions because I was new. God said I was a new creation and I believed Him. I thought O.K. God, I'm here...what can I do to help. Let me sum up the next few years by saying if there was anything I could say or do wrong, I did it. If I could offend anyone, I did that too.

However I heard God.s voice, and even when I knew they didn't want me there...I talked to God and told Him they don't want me here. And God said, clear as day. "But I want you here."
When Pastor Mike talks I know He is speaking for the Lord...I know the Holy Spirit is present and I know God is moving. You have to pay attention and take notes, press in and hold on to God's hand. Never let go of God. Take ownership of every word spoken for you. He is a personal God....and with Pastor Mike Hayes you will get the unvarnished truth. You will know the truth of God. You will know God. Pastor Mile will tell you that it is a process with God...you start out as babies in the Lord and then you immediately want to be adults. God doesn't work that way. You have to follow the timetable God has set for you. He is not going to put you in highschool if you have not finished second grade. There is so much wisdom and character that is developed when you walk in the steps God has placed before you and there are no shortcuts.
I always knew God was changing me,,,and bit by bit he replaced the world of man that I brought with me...to the Word of God and He lived in me. Pastor Mike has a prophetic anointing and he can be tough....but if you want to grow in the Lord and be mentored....you won't find a more qualified or committed man of God anywhere.

Remember though, He is not under the anointing all the time. He is a man. He is a husband, father and grandfather. He need some personal space and the freedom to just be Mike Hayes, a son of God.

I hear lots of complaints about money...it takes money to support a ministry...and we are to be obedient and tithe...what happens with the money is between the Pastor and God...He is responsible and acountable before the Lord. That is an awesome responsibility.

If God has called you to Covenant Church for a season....God wants to do something in you, through you, and for you. Focus on what God is doing and you will be blessed.

t==

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I had been saved a year when the Holy Spirit called me to Faithworld (now Covenant) and there were many others callled at that specific time. It was an amazing time for all of us. Pastor Mike had been called to start a church in Carrollton, and the Holy Spirit brought it about. Pastor Mike was called and anointed to do it at that time....and the Holy Spirit ordered every step.
I was a divorced single mother and a new believer,
and full of the world...it took me a while to understand all the Don't do this and don't do that instructions because I was new. God said I was a new creation and I believed Him. I thought O.K. God, I'm here...what can I do to help. Let me sum up the next few years by saying if there was anything I could say or do wrong, I did it. If I could offend anyone, I did that too.

However I heard God.s voice, and even when I knew they didn't want me there...I talked to God and told Him they don't want me here. And God said, clear as day. "But I want you here."
When Pastor Mike talks I know He is speaking for the Lord...I know the Holy Spirit is present and I know God is moving. You have to pay attention and take notes, press in and hold on to God's hand. Never let go of God. Take ownership of every word spoken for you. He is a personal God....and with Pastor Mike Hayes you will get the unvarnished truth. You will know the truth of God. You will know God. Pastor Mile will tell you that it is a process with God...you start out as babies in the Lord and then you immediately want to be adults. God doesn't work that way. You have to follow the timetable God has set for you. He is not going to put you in highschool if you have not finished second grade. There is so much wisdom and character that is developed when you walk in the steps God has placed before you and there are no shortcuts.
I always knew God was changing me,,,and bit by bit he replaced the world of man that I brought with me...to the Word of God and He lived in me. Pastor Mike has a prophetic anointing and he can be tough....but if you want to grow in the Lord and be mentored....you won't find a more qualified or committed man of God anywhere.

Remember though, He is not under the anointing all the time. He is a man. He is a husband, father and grandfather. He need some personal space and the freedom to just be Mike Hayes, a son of God.

I hear lots of complaints about money...it takes money to support a ministry...and we are to be obedient and tithe...what happens with the money is between the Pastor and God...He is responsible and acountable before the Lord. That is an awesome responsibility.

If God has called you to Covenant Church for a season....God wants to do something in you, through you, and for you. Focus on what God is doing and you will be blessed.

t==

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I'm 18 I know GOD is always with me, but I allowed myself to become distance and just got back intouch with him. I haven't been to church in close to 10 years, but I found this church and have started going there.
Pro:

1. First day I cried I felt it is something special there
2. Everyone is so nice
3. The ushers are always smiling
4. You feel welcomed

Cons:
1. True it does scream money only because I am use to small churches, but GOD has blessed them to build that church that size so thats ok.
2. Really like to attend some of the classes, but have no idea where I am going there should have maps lol.

On a serious note I love it there it helped me find my way to GOD and put his teachings in a way I could understand!!

Keep peace not war

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I'm 18 I know GOD is always with me, but I allowed myself to become distance and just got back intouch with him. I haven't been to church in close to 10 years, but I found this church and have started going there.
Pro:

1. First day I cried I felt it is something special there
2. Everyone is so nice
3. The ushers are always smiling
4. You feel welcomed

Cons:
1. True it does scream money only because I am use to small churches, but GOD has blessed them to build that church that size so thats ok.
2. Really like to attend some of the classes, but have no idea where I am going there should have maps lol.

On a serious note I love it there it helped me find my way to GOD and put his teachings in a way I could understand!!

Keep peace not war

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I attended Covenant Church for about 3 years before moving to Houston. It is flashy and Pastor Mike is very good at raising money. Having written that.. he is also one heck of a preacher/teacher. Covenant is definately a "health and wealth" church. I never attended the classes to actually join the church but I enjoyed my time there. Covenant Church is huge and it was difficult to get involved like you can at a smaller demominational church. But you cant beat the praise and worship and there is nothing wrong with expecting the congregation to tithe. They do tie the message into financial giving quite frequently but thats what "health and wealth" mega churches do. Over all- it was a good experience and I still listen to Pastor Mike on audio download every chance I get. I never did actually meet him but his preaching is top notch.

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I attended Covenant Church for about 3 years before moving to Houston. It is flashy and Pastor Mike is very good at raising money. Having written that.. he is also one heck of a preacher/teacher. Covenant is definately a "health and wealth" church. I never attended the classes to actually join the church but I enjoyed my time there. Covenant Church is huge and it was difficult to get involved like you can at a smaller demominational church. But you cant beat the praise and worship and there is nothing wrong with expecting the congregation to tithe. They do tie the message into financial giving quite frequently but thats what "health and wealth" mega churches do. Over all- it was a good experience and I still listen to Pastor Mike on audio download every chance I get. I never did actually meet him but his preaching is top notch.

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I'm not a member of Covenant, but have had experience over many yrs with Pastors Mike & Kathy, and have the highest regard for them and know full well their spirit of integrity & excellence.

I was looking for the CC website for info for my friend who is attending the Worship Conference, & my attention was drawn to the reviews....

I would like to address a ONE STAR review entitled "It's About Money?? Not God" left by "Mike C". He said the following re: membership, etc:
"Then, the guide explained to me that in order to become a member of the church you had to apply, be accepted after a 6 week class, and are required to pay a certain amount of your income (which you disclose to them during your application process) to keep your membership.
He then stated, "Pastor Mike has a saying... If you're not willing to give your money to the Lord's cause, we need your seat."
That did it for me.
I guess I didn't realize that glorifying pastor Mike, filling his pockets, and buying stone lions, and archangels for his church was the Lord's cause.
I politely told the tour guide that I was looking for a church... not a country club.
did watch a video sermon, which was good, and I've heard that this church does good missionary work, but visiting the church just screams MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!!
Gotta hand it to them though... they have no denominational preference. They'll take $20s, $50s, AND $100s!
Will never go there."

In the meantime, out of curiousity, I had checked the reviews on my home church in Frisco, which I've been at for 8 yrs, and found the following review from "anonymous p." entitled "Seems to always be about money and more money"... AND WOW, what similar wording. Here is the wording from the review:

"One of the greeters brought me around the building so I would know where my kids were going. He explained to me that in order to become a member of the church you had to apply, be accepted after a 6 week class, and are required to pay a certain amount of your income (which you disclose to them during your application process) to keep your membership.
He then stated, "Pastor Keith has a saying... If you're not willing to give your money to the Lord's cause, we need your seat."
That did it for me.
I guess I didn't realize that glorifying pastor
Keith, filling his pockets, and buying plasma tvs, and lights for his church was the Lord's cause.
I politely told the greeter that I was looking for a church... not a country club.
I did watch a video sermon, which was good, and I've heard that this church does good missionary work, but visiting the church just screams MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!!
Gotta hand it to them though... they have no denominational preference. They'll take $20s, $50s, AND $100s!!! Be careful!"

I would like to remind Mike C/anonymous p. that "Where ever you go - there you are."

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I'm not a member of Covenant, but have had experience over many yrs with Pastors Mike & Kathy, and have the highest regard for them and know full well their spirit of integrity & excellence.

I was looking for the CC website for info for my friend who is attending the Worship Conference, & my attention was drawn to the reviews....

I would like to address a ONE STAR review entitled "It's About Money?? Not God" left by "Mike C". He said the following re: membership, etc:
"Then, the guide explained to me that in order to become a member of the church you had to apply, be accepted after a 6 week class, and are required to pay a certain amount of your income (which you disclose to them during your application process) to keep your membership.
He then stated, "Pastor Mike has a saying... If you're not willing to give your money to the Lord's cause, we need your seat."
That did it for me.
I guess I didn't realize that glorifying pastor Mike, filling his pockets, and buying stone lions, and archangels for his church was the Lord's cause.
I politely told the tour guide that I was looking for a church... not a country club.
did watch a video sermon, which was good, and I've heard that this church does good missionary work, but visiting the church just screams MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!!
Gotta hand it to them though... they have no denominational preference. They'll take $20s, $50s, AND $100s!
Will never go there."

In the meantime, out of curiousity, I had checked the reviews on my home church in Frisco, which I've been at for 8 yrs, and found the following review from "anonymous p." entitled "Seems to always be about money and more money"... AND WOW, what similar wording. Here is the wording from the review:

"One of the greeters brought me around the building so I would know where my kids were going. He explained to me that in order to become a member of the church you had to apply, be accepted after a 6 week class, and are required to pay a certain amount of your income (which you disclose to them during your application process) to keep your membership.
He then stated, "Pastor Keith has a saying... If you're not willing to give your money to the Lord's cause, we need your seat."
That did it for me.
I guess I didn't realize that glorifying pastor
Keith, filling his pockets, and buying plasma tvs, and lights for his church was the Lord's cause.
I politely told the greeter that I was looking for a church... not a country club.
I did watch a video sermon, which was good, and I've heard that this church does good missionary work, but visiting the church just screams MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!!
Gotta hand it to them though... they have no denominational preference. They'll take $20s, $50s, AND $100s!!! Be careful!"

I would like to remind Mike C/anonymous p. that "Where ever you go - there you are."

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I attended Covenant from age 11 until age 25. I am a graduate of Covenant Training Institute, and am currently a pastor of a small church in another state. Let me give you my two cents. First of all, since money seems to be a huge issue on here I will address that first. Since when is it wrong for a minister to succeed financially? My father in law has been in prison ministry for 30 years, and lived like a pauper for most of it. It is not until now in his 60's that he has acquired good things. He has done so by saving and investing, and by giving and having it given back to him pressed down, shaken together and running over. I can tell you first hand, most ministers don't receive any salary until our churches grow into the hundred's in numbers. Most of us spend years as bi-vocational ministers, needing a full-time job in addition to the hours of ministry we conduct with no income at all. Pastor Mike is a giver, and if you really believe in "give and it shall be given" it's no wonder he's blessed abundantly now. It's no small fact that the ministries benevolence outreaches are enormous, not to mention that Pastor Mike himself is a huge giver. He is very caring pastor, even with such enormous attendance the attention he gives his congregants resembles that of a much smaller church. When my wife and I lost a child during pregnancy, we received a bouquet of flowers with a hand signed note from Mike and Kathy Hayes. To this day I still don't know how they even knew about it. The first church building Covenant had in Carrollton he literally built with his own two hands. I'd say that kind of work deserves the salary he receives now that the church has it's 12,000 members. But to think that all of the wealth he's built has come on the back of the high salary in recent years is foolish. Wealth is gained by years of saving, investing, saving and investing. He's obviously been wise in those endeavors. It's not unusual at all for someone in their 60's to have obtained significant wealth by doing those things. If you are going to question his current living status and salary you need to compare it with other people his age with his level of responsibility. That is only reasonable. If you are concerned about the income he receives take this into account: Covenant Churches financials are reviewed by an outside auditing firm annually, as are all of the salaries of all staff members. An outside board of ministers reviews doctrines and financial statements as well (none of those ministers are on salary, none of their ministries receive financial support from Covenant and none of them are members of Churches in Covenant). As far as tithing in his church, I've never heard him preach the guilt-message of tithe or be cursed. He has taught the flip side of give and be blessed (totally Biblical). As far as calling him a prosperity preacher - hardly. I attended the church of a real prosperity preacher from Dallas (who shall remain nameless but let's just say Success in Life) before coming to covenant, and although he does teach that giving breads receiving (Biblical), his preaching is far more theologically broad than just money. If you want to go to a church that teaches everything but money, you will miss out because money is necessary and knowing Godly financial principles is extremely valuable. Pastor Mike has always taught on salvation, spiritual gifts, racial reconciliation, Godly living, forgiveness, love, following Christ's call on your life, living to your God-given potential, obedience, and on and on. To put him in the "prosperity" box is very unfair, as it is a small portion of his overall teaching philosophy and practice. As far as his children being on staff - yep - but they had to earn it. Stephen was sent to another pastor in another state to intern and learn - he had to earn it before being on staff. Amy spent years of working behind the scenes before reaching the pulpit and being placed on staff - as did her husband. Besides, isn't it reasonable to think that a pastor's children would connect with the vision for the ministry and be the likely individuals to carry on that vision? As far as his impact - he is truly an Apostle. He has planted churches all over the world, one of my friends pastors a Covenant Church in Wisconsin. His impact on the church worldwide is huge, and he has raised up leaders internationally as pastors, missionaries, and evangelists in countries all over this nation and the globe. CTI trains up pastors/ministers (such as myself) and Christian businessmen/women who go out and operate both within Covenants many ministries and some go on their own (such as myself). Don't be so quick to judge a man just because he has accumulated a little wealth over a long life. Look at what he has done in the body of Christ - those are the true fruits to judge by.

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I attended Covenant from age 11 until age 25. I am a graduate of Covenant Training Institute, and am currently a pastor of a small church in another state. Let me give you my two cents. First of all, since money seems to be a huge issue on here I will address that first. Since when is it wrong for a minister to succeed financially? My father in law has been in prison ministry for 30 years, and lived like a pauper for most of it. It is not until now in his 60's that he has acquired good things. He has done so by saving and investing, and by giving and having it given back to him pressed down, shaken together and running over. I can tell you first hand, most ministers don't receive any salary until our churches grow into the hundred's in numbers. Most of us spend years as bi-vocational ministers, needing a full-time job in addition to the hours of ministry we conduct with no income at all. Pastor Mike is a giver, and if you really believe in "give and it shall be given" it's no wonder he's blessed abundantly now. It's no small fact that the ministries benevolence outreaches are enormous, not to mention that Pastor Mike himself is a huge giver. He is very caring pastor, even with such enormous attendance the attention he gives his congregants resembles that of a much smaller church. When my wife and I lost a child during pregnancy, we received a bouquet of flowers with a hand signed note from Mike and Kathy Hayes. To this day I still don't know how they even knew about it. The first church building Covenant had in Carrollton he literally built with his own two hands. I'd say that kind of work deserves the salary he receives now that the church has it's 12,000 members. But to think that all of the wealth he's built has come on the back of the high salary in recent years is foolish. Wealth is gained by years of saving, investing, saving and investing. He's obviously been wise in those endeavors. It's not unusual at all for someone in their 60's to have obtained significant wealth by doing those things. If you are going to question his current living status and salary you need to compare it with other people his age with his level of responsibility. That is only reasonable. If you are concerned about the income he receives take this into account: Covenant Churches financials are reviewed by an outside auditing firm annually, as are all of the salaries of all staff members. An outside board of ministers reviews doctrines and financial statements as well (none of those ministers are on salary, none of their ministries receive financial support from Covenant and none of them are members of Churches in Covenant). As far as tithing in his church, I've never heard him preach the guilt-message of tithe or be cursed. He has taught the flip side of give and be blessed (totally Biblical). As far as calling him a prosperity preacher - hardly. I attended the church of a real prosperity preacher from Dallas (who shall remain nameless but let's just say Success in Life) before coming to covenant, and although he does teach that giving breads receiving (Biblical), his preaching is far more theologically broad than just money. If you want to go to a church that teaches everything but money, you will miss out because money is necessary and knowing Godly financial principles is extremely valuable. Pastor Mike has always taught on salvation, spiritual gifts, racial reconciliation, Godly living, forgiveness, love, following Christ's call on your life, living to your God-given potential, obedience, and on and on. To put him in the "prosperity" box is very unfair, as it is a small portion of his overall teaching philosophy and practice. As far as his children being on staff - yep - but they had to earn it. Stephen was sent to another pastor in another state to intern and learn - he had to earn it before being on staff. Amy spent years of working behind the scenes before reaching the pulpit and being placed on staff - as did her husband. Besides, isn't it reasonable to think that a pastor's children would connect with the vision for the ministry and be the likely individuals to carry on that vision? As far as his impact - he is truly an Apostle. He has planted churches all over the world, one of my friends pastors a Covenant Church in Wisconsin. His impact on the church worldwide is huge, and he has raised up leaders internationally as pastors, missionaries, and evangelists in countries all over this nation and the globe. CTI trains up pastors/ministers (such as myself) and Christian businessmen/women who go out and operate both within Covenants many ministries and some go on their own (such as myself). Don't be so quick to judge a man just because he has accumulated a little wealth over a long life. Look at what he has done in the body of Christ - those are the true fruits to judge by.

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I became a member of Mike and Kathys church when they had about 40 members.I knew then they were headed for greatness because of there intence devotion to do Gods perfect will.I was 21 years old then.I am now 53.In all my travels and involvement in many differant ministries ,Pastor Hayes stands out above all I have ever met.His integrety and compasstion for the lost and over all love for people in general,has been the biggest influence of my 34 years of living for the lord.I will never forget the kindness and love Mike and Kathy Hayes have shown me.

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I became a member of Mike and Kathys church when they had about 40 members.I knew then they were headed for greatness because of there intence devotion to do Gods perfect will.I was 21 years old then.I am now 53.In all my travels and involvement in many differant ministries ,Pastor Hayes stands out above all I have ever met.His integrety and compasstion for the lost and over all love for people in general,has been the biggest influence of my 34 years of living for the lord.I will never forget the kindness and love Mike and Kathy Hayes have shown me.

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I can honestly say that I am writing an unbiased review. I've attended covenant off an on since I was a child and am now in my late twenties. I dont thik cov. church is the best in the world, and I've traveled enough (outside the church) to see other church, and cultures outside covenant to have something to compare it too.

Of the 22 reviews I've read here is what I think people have said good and bad that is true. Its true, covenant is one of the most diverse churches out there.. not just in dallas. That is a great feat and makes people feel welcoming. At times the praise and worship has been wonderful. Though I miss the oldies of the worship leaders like Mose P, Joe N., and Arthur D- (not forgetting the late Sally A.). Those truely were the days!!!! They also have such a large church that there are tons of events t be apart of and groups to join. As a reviewer noted, the quality of the leaders can be questionable, but that probably occurs anywhere.

Neverthe less, Cov has its weaknesses. Its very "glossy" as some have pointed out with a country club feel. Again, given I've grew up there, I think I can attest to that. HOWEVER, this culture is rampant in Dallas.. so its hard to get away from even if cov wanted too. The pastor are somewhat worshipped more than in other church (re.. the pictures in the hallways and you always get pictures of them during the holidays). Pastor Hayes, has always had a prosperity type message and was called in for fundraising for TBN. However, we have to take persoonal responsiblity for what we are swayed to do. For example, Just b/c someone says giving $1037 today will unlock something for you in 37 days doesnt make them bad. Perhaps for someone it will, but you have to know for yourself if this is your "word". Unfortunately, that part isn't preached. Perhaps the most troublesome has been the allignment of church with politics in the last 5-10 years, which coveniently overlapped with the Bush era. I don't go to church to here political leaders make statements or a pastor make statements for them or to here on what issues I should vote based on someone's opinion. Lastly, the leaders have shifted allot in the last 10 years with questionable hires along the way of some ingeniune and showmen type personas imo, but thats worth 10 cents :-).

What I think isn't true that I've read on here:
1. The pastor drives a prowler-- His car is much better than that.. plus .. since when is a prowler a big deal.. moving on
2. You get kicked out for not paying tithes. This church has way too many people to be doing that. Now I'm sure if you go up for a major leadership position (beyond life team leader), they would check on your tithing consistency, but not kick you out.
3. Any assertion that a leader at Cov is puposefully opportunitic. I do think it happens, but I think most of the people think they are doing good and have good intentions. We are all blind to our own errors, aren't we? I wouldnt cast that first stone to suggest intentional leading of people astray. No one is a pharisee at cov in my eyes or is trying to deceive. But you aren't ever going to see a budget as another review pointed out. If you want that, go to a smaller church. And of course they get paid well (its like being a ceo of a 100 person company compared to a 10,0000 person company with 10s of subsidiaries). I hate to make the analogy but really thats the best way to reason the salary thing. In addition, most pastors have their own business on the side. Just b/c/ they have big houses doesnt mean thats soley attributed to their church salary. Pastor Mike and Amy have their own book deals(yet they are sold in connection with the church, its conferences, and events, but this is common place for pastors.. think td jakes).

So the Pluses: Worship, Diversity, Events, Group, Belonging
Minuses: Focus on $, showiness, turnover in leadership

What is the net? While I think maybe the deciding factor is how good the "word" is to you? I won't offer my opinion.. Its a personal thing..

Honestly, I think it is healthy to have a good honest talk about what we see in our church. Otherwise, its like telling a child not to talk about what goes in inside the home. Just ends up feeding dysfunction and abuse when things aren't talked about and you know the church isn't going to lead the forum or ask for candid feedback. No church is perfect. In fact, the church who ill see its own issues and work on them, is the probably the church that will grow in deeper and more meaningful ways than # of attendees or $$ of tithes.

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First,
I can honestly say that I am writing an unbiased review. I've attended covenant off an on since I was a child and am now in my late twenties. I dont thik cov. church is the best in the world, and I've traveled enough (outside the church) to see other church, and cultures outside covenant to have something to compare it too.

Of the 22 reviews I've read here is what I think people have said good and bad that is true. Its true, covenant is one of the most diverse churches out there.. not just in dallas. That is a great feat and makes people feel welcoming. At times the praise and worship has been wonderful. Though I miss the oldies of the worship leaders like Mose P, Joe N., and Arthur D- (not forgetting the late Sally A.). Those truely were the days!!!! They also have such a large church that there are tons of events t be apart of and groups to join. As a reviewer noted, the quality of the leaders can be questionable, but that probably occurs anywhere.

Neverthe less, Cov has its weaknesses. Its very "glossy" as some have pointed out with a country club feel. Again, given I've grew up there, I think I can attest to that. HOWEVER, this culture is rampant in Dallas.. so its hard to get away from even if cov wanted too. The pastor are somewhat worshipped more than in other church (re.. the pictures in the hallways and you always get pictures of them during the holidays). Pastor Hayes, has always had a prosperity type message and was called in for fundraising for TBN. However, we have to take persoonal responsiblity for what we are swayed to do. For example, Just b/c someone says giving $1037 today will unlock something for you in 37 days doesnt make them bad. Perhaps for someone it will, but you have to know for yourself if this is your "word". Unfortunately, that part isn't preached. Perhaps the most troublesome has been the allignment of church with politics in the last 5-10 years, which coveniently overlapped with the Bush era. I don't go to church to here political leaders make statements or a pastor make statements for them or to here on what issues I should vote based on someone's opinion. Lastly, the leaders have shifted allot in the last 10 years with questionable hires along the way of some ingeniune and showmen type personas imo, but thats worth 10 cents :-).

What I think isn't true that I've read on here:
1. The pastor drives a prowler-- His car is much better than that.. plus .. since when is a prowler a big deal.. moving on
2. You get kicked out for not paying tithes. This church has way too many people to be doing that. Now I'm sure if you go up for a major leadership position (beyond life team leader), they would check on your tithing consistency, but not kick you out.
3. Any assertion that a leader at Cov is puposefully opportunitic. I do think it happens, but I think most of the people think they are doing good and have good intentions. We are all blind to our own errors, aren't we? I wouldnt cast that first stone to suggest intentional leading of people astray. No one is a pharisee at cov in my eyes or is trying to deceive. But you aren't ever going to see a budget as another review pointed out. If you want that, go to a smaller church. And of course they get paid well (its like being a ceo of a 100 person company compared to a 10,0000 person company with 10s of subsidiaries). I hate to make the analogy but really thats the best way to reason the salary thing. In addition, most pastors have their own business on the side. Just b/c/ they have big houses doesnt mean thats soley attributed to their church salary. Pastor Mike and Amy have their own book deals(yet they are sold in connection with the church, its conferences, and events, but this is common place for pastors.. think td jakes).

So the Pluses: Worship, Diversity, Events, Group, Belonging
Minuses: Focus on $, showiness, turnover in leadership

What is the net? While I think maybe the deciding factor is how good the "word" is to you? I won't offer my opinion.. Its a personal thing..

Honestly, I think it is healthy to have a good honest talk about what we see in our church. Otherwise, its like telling a child not to talk about what goes in inside the home. Just ends up feeding dysfunction and abuse when things aren't talked about and you know the church isn't going to lead the forum or ask for candid feedback. No church is perfect. In fact, the church who ill see its own issues and work on them, is the probably the church that will grow in deeper and more meaningful ways than # of attendees or $$ of tithes.

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To everyone here:

Please read this book, it says it all! It is called, "THE DISEASE OF THE HEALTH AND WEALTH GOSPEL" by Gordon Fee (A Pentecostal preacher) . You can get it on paperback from Amazon for $4.23 and it will show you how the true Gospel is being perverted in our day.

Any gospel that cannot be preached in a third world country is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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To everyone here:

Please read this book, it says it all! It is called, "THE DISEASE OF THE HEALTH AND WEALTH GOSPEL" by Gordon Fee (A Pentecostal preacher) . You can get it on paperback from Amazon for $4.23 and it will show you how the true Gospel is being perverted in our day.

Any gospel that cannot be preached in a third world country is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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I have been a member of Covenant since ??02. God??s hand has been upon this house for many years. The worship is powerful and Pastor Mike always delves deep into the Word. Perfect church? No not by any means. But, what I do know is this. There are many precious people at this house who love God with all their hearts. From what I can tell, Pastor Mike is a great man. Is he perfect? Does he do everything right, even concerning the church? No. But I know his heart is tender and his motives are pure. He loves God with every ounce within him. As far as Pastor Kathy, words cannot express this sweet woman. She never usurps her husband or does a thing without Pastor??s covering. There will always be people who don't like Covenant Church and it's not home for everybody. But there??s a lot of people in our church and I don't think it's by accident. There is an anointing there.

I'm not going to "defend? my church because there's nothing to defend. I'm not going to argue with you. It is what it is and we are who we are. So, with transparency in mind, I want to hopefully encourage you and shed some light on some things that simply aren't true. First, I would like to apologize to anyone that has been wronged by Covenant Church or any of its members, leaders, elders or pastors. It was truly not our intention, so please forgive us. "Plastering" of pictures - Pastor Mike really has nothing to do with that. A few members decorate the church. And quite frankly he is the pastor of our church and we respect him and Pastor Kathy in that manner. Money - Pastor Mike is not the head of the church or himself, with finances and other administrative functions. He really does not have much say so in these matters. Many things are run by board members, not Pastor Mike. The board decides many things for the Pastor, although his requests are taken into consideration. An outside secular company actually determines his salary. We have a lot of people on staff at church. We have pastors over many things at the church. Missions, Youth, Life Teams, Worship and so on. These pastors are staff at the church and work there full-time and are paid. The musicians, audio/sound, video, media and administration and a lot of other people are on staff as well and are also paid. They don't just come to a couple of services. There are 4 main services in Carrollton per week. Plus, we have so many programs and events, practices, weddings, funerals and special meetings that all use our staff. They are involved with the Carrollton and the other 4 campuses we have. Many of them are rotated around, so they work essentially for all of the campuses and their different meetings. "Every member MUST tithe a certain amount in a certain time frame, or lose their membership?" This statement is so wrong, I do not know where to begin. We follow the biblical principle: The first 10%, first fruits. However, there is no "MUST." I have heard Pastor Mike say a few times, "Don't give if you don't want to. Give if you feel led by the Spirit to do so." I did not tithe for 4 years after my membership. I did not get kicked out. There are many people that I know personally that do not tithe. They have yet to be kicked out of Covenant. Pastor Mike has been transparent about his life. He has some side projects. He used to buy and fix old cars, books and speaking engagements and so on.

To John, please take what I'm about to tell your sensitively. The harsh language that you used to berate another person and a church, in this case Mike Hayes and Covenant Church, is wrong. It is uncalled for. You can be angry and make a point without hurting people and calling them names. The way you degraded people in your response of Covenant Church really hurt me in a way that I can't explain. There are many who go to Covenant that are a part of the body of Christ (whether you believe Mike Hayes is a part of this or not). Do not hurt the body of Christ, because it is in essence His body. His body was already bruised and battered for us. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Whether you want to believe it or not, Mike Hayes, just like you, is a child of God. He is saved. And ultimately, he will stand before the Lord and give an account of his life. Shall I judge him? No. I'll let the Great Judge decide. But I do pray that you all find a church home, Covenant or not, where you can experience the love, grace and mercy of the Lord. A place where you are challenged to live in a place of righteousness, walking in relationship with Christ and loving your fellow brother or sister. A place where you can come into his presence and instantly be transformed by His Holy Spirit. For me, this place, this home is Covenant. It may not be for you. But that doesn't matter. The real Church is the Body of Christ in many locations around the world. Yet we're all One because of His broken body and his shed blood. And I thank you Jesus for the sacrifice that you made. Keep us until Your return. Amen.

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I have been a member of Covenant since ??02. God??s hand has been upon this house for many years. The worship is powerful and Pastor Mike always delves deep into the Word. Perfect church? No not by any means. But, what I do know is this. There are many precious people at this house who love God with all their hearts. From what I can tell, Pastor Mike is a great man. Is he perfect? Does he do everything right, even concerning the church? No. But I know his heart is tender and his motives are pure. He loves God with every ounce within him. As far as Pastor Kathy, words cannot express this sweet woman. She never usurps her husband or does a thing without Pastor??s covering. There will always be people who don't like Covenant Church and it's not home for everybody. But there??s a lot of people in our church and I don't think it's by accident. There is an anointing there.

I'm not going to "defend? my church because there's nothing to defend. I'm not going to argue with you. It is what it is and we are who we are. So, with transparency in mind, I want to hopefully encourage you and shed some light on some things that simply aren't true. First, I would like to apologize to anyone that has been wronged by Covenant Church or any of its members, leaders, elders or pastors. It was truly not our intention, so please forgive us. "Plastering" of pictures - Pastor Mike really has nothing to do with that. A few members decorate the church. And quite frankly he is the pastor of our church and we respect him and Pastor Kathy in that manner. Money - Pastor Mike is not the head of the church or himself, with finances and other administrative functions. He really does not have much say so in these matters. Many things are run by board members, not Pastor Mike. The board decides many things for the Pastor, although his requests are taken into consideration. An outside secular company actually determines his salary. We have a lot of people on staff at church. We have pastors over many things at the church. Missions, Youth, Life Teams, Worship and so on. These pastors are staff at the church and work there full-time and are paid. The musicians, audio/sound, video, media and administration and a lot of other people are on staff as well and are also paid. They don't just come to a couple of services. There are 4 main services in Carrollton per week. Plus, we have so many programs and events, practices, weddings, funerals and special meetings that all use our staff. They are involved with the Carrollton and the other 4 campuses we have. Many of them are rotated around, so they work essentially for all of the campuses and their different meetings. "Every member MUST tithe a certain amount in a certain time frame, or lose their membership?" This statement is so wrong, I do not know where to begin. We follow the biblical principle: The first 10%, first fruits. However, there is no "MUST." I have heard Pastor Mike say a few times, "Don't give if you don't want to. Give if you feel led by the Spirit to do so." I did not tithe for 4 years after my membership. I did not get kicked out. There are many people that I know personally that do not tithe. They have yet to be kicked out of Covenant. Pastor Mike has been transparent about his life. He has some side projects. He used to buy and fix old cars, books and speaking engagements and so on.

To John, please take what I'm about to tell your sensitively. The harsh language that you used to berate another person and a church, in this case Mike Hayes and Covenant Church, is wrong. It is uncalled for. You can be angry and make a point without hurting people and calling them names. The way you degraded people in your response of Covenant Church really hurt me in a way that I can't explain. There are many who go to Covenant that are a part of the body of Christ (whether you believe Mike Hayes is a part of this or not). Do not hurt the body of Christ, because it is in essence His body. His body was already bruised and battered for us. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Whether you want to believe it or not, Mike Hayes, just like you, is a child of God. He is saved. And ultimately, he will stand before the Lord and give an account of his life. Shall I judge him? No. I'll let the Great Judge decide. But I do pray that you all find a church home, Covenant or not, where you can experience the love, grace and mercy of the Lord. A place where you are challenged to live in a place of righteousness, walking in relationship with Christ and loving your fellow brother or sister. A place where you can come into his presence and instantly be transformed by His Holy Spirit. For me, this place, this home is Covenant. It may not be for you. But that doesn't matter. The real Church is the Body of Christ in many locations around the world. Yet we're all One because of His broken body and his shed blood. And I thank you Jesus for the sacrifice that you made. Keep us until Your return. Amen.

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My faith leads me to believe that this bickering between Christians is a worse crime than trashing the church. If we all belong to the family of God, then lets act like it. I represent just one outsiders opinion as I do not belong to the Covenant Church and am witnessing all this mud slinging. In the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke you and anyone in the family of God who wants to publicly fight with their brother or sister. Where is your shame? I am young and do not know everything in life but who does? I can feel my heart heavy right now and know this public display of disapproval could be handled in a manor that doesn't turn away non-believers from Christianity. This does not help me when I witness to my non-believing friends who see Christian mud-slinging. We all have a right to believe what we choose because God created us with free-will but to publicly express your opinion in a legalistic way hurts more areas than probably intended. Please take care of your tong and please remember that we have more power with our words than we give ourselves credit for.

I am so very sorry if my comments were offensive to anyone. As Christians, lets unite and not separate from the unity of Christ. Let us not be judges of others and let the ignorant be ignorant and lets trust that Christ protects all who follow Him. Let us not gossip and let us remember the bible says the tong is like a rudder of a ship and God hates gossip. Peace be with you all: haters and lovers of the Covenant Church. My heart goes out to you both with love.

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My faith leads me to believe that this bickering between Christians is a worse crime than trashing the church. If we all belong to the family of God, then lets act like it. I represent just one outsiders opinion as I do not belong to the Covenant Church and am witnessing all this mud slinging. In the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke you and anyone in the family of God who wants to publicly fight with their brother or sister. Where is your shame? I am young and do not know everything in life but who does? I can feel my heart heavy right now and know this public display of disapproval could be handled in a manor that doesn't turn away non-believers from Christianity. This does not help me when I witness to my non-believing friends who see Christian mud-slinging. We all have a right to believe what we choose because God created us with free-will but to publicly express your opinion in a legalistic way hurts more areas than probably intended. Please take care of your tong and please remember that we have more power with our words than we give ourselves credit for.

I am so very sorry if my comments were offensive to anyone. As Christians, lets unite and not separate from the unity of Christ. Let us not be judges of others and let the ignorant be ignorant and lets trust that Christ protects all who follow Him. Let us not gossip and let us remember the bible says the tong is like a rudder of a ship and God hates gossip. Peace be with you all: haters and lovers of the Covenant Church. My heart goes out to you both with love.

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Covenant Church should be renamed "Hayes Country Club".

"Pastor" Mike Hayes is an opportunistic entrepreneur and nothing more. He's a shrewd business man who is intelligent enough to take advantage of gullible people with deep pockets (which are easy to find in the Dallas area).

What's the best way to increase income while reducing overhead? Open a church (business) in the exact fashion Mike Hayes has!

? Every member MUST tithe a certain amount in a certain time frame, or lose their membership. This is just like a fitness club or any other type of club 'membership'. It's also at odds with God's word, which they're supposedly following.

? Eliminate dissent. Just read some of the comments below! If you don't agree with Pastor Mike, they kick you out, thus enabling the staff to more easily brainwash remaining members. Kind of like communist China.

? Pay no taxes. They're a 'church' (club) so they pay no property or other taxes for their ENORMOUS palace/compound.

? Take advantage of and/or low ball outside contractors. I PERSONALLY was turned away by this church for asking them to sign a contract to do business with me. They were insulted by this and told me, "We are not a secular client, and therefore we expect to set the wages of our contractors AFTER work is completed." This basically means, "You do the work, and we'll decide how much (or whether) to pay you afterwords because we're a church and funds are tight." Yeah right!

? Market your product. Plaster photos of the king and queen (Mike and Kathy Hayes) all over the place until your congregation (customers) buy in to the message to the extent of a cult following (you can see this crazed defense in some of the ridiculous comments below).

Mike Hayes and his henchmen have devised a brilliant scheme to make insane amounts of money off of a well-intentioned, yet dim-witted crop of Christians. He is SELLING the gospel, and it's over-priced in order to pay his million dollar mortgage. Maybe some people are finding that it is worth the money to be a member of an elitist, money-centered church. Whatever floats your boat...

But in my humble opinion, no amount of "good sermons" or perceived "spirituality" is going to mask the fact that these people are simply salesmen who are trying to peddle a "warm and fuzzy feeling".

No one is so naive to believe that a church can function without money. But apparently there are people in this world who ARE naive enough to think it's necessary (or acceptable) to live at the peak of excess?? multi-million dollar facilities, homes, luxury cars, etc. all the while pretending to be a man of God.

I urge anyone reading this to please take a minute to read the pathetic comments below which try to defend the actions of this church. After doing so, you'll see the inability of anyone to really give a decent argument refuting any of the assertions made by those who have personally been wronged by this 'church'. Rather these people TRY to simply defend the indefensible.

You have to remember these are just cult followers, defending their God (Mike Hayes)

I have been to MANY churches in many different denominations in my years on this earth, and never have I been more disgusted, infuriated, and saddened by the blatant misuse of funds, and abuse of a congregation (who is too stupid or indifferent to catch on).

No one can honestly say they know what God wants. but I can assure you that Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas is NOT what God wants.

Don't be a victim. Don't join Covenant Country Club.

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Covenant Church should be renamed "Hayes Country Club".

"Pastor" Mike Hayes is an opportunistic entrepreneur and nothing more. He's a shrewd business man who is intelligent enough to take advantage of gullible people with deep pockets (which are easy to find in the Dallas area).

What's the best way to increase income while reducing overhead? Open a church (business) in the exact fashion Mike Hayes has!

? Every member MUST tithe a certain amount in a certain time frame, or lose their membership. This is just like a fitness club or any other type of club 'membership'. It's also at odds with God's word, which they're supposedly following.

? Eliminate dissent. Just read some of the comments below! If you don't agree with Pastor Mike, they kick you out, thus enabling the staff to more easily brainwash remaining members. Kind of like communist China.

? Pay no taxes. They're a 'church' (club) so they pay no property or other taxes for their ENORMOUS palace/compound.

? Take advantage of and/or low ball outside contractors. I PERSONALLY was turned away by this church for asking them to sign a contract to do business with me. They were insulted by this and told me, "We are not a secular client, and therefore we expect to set the wages of our contractors AFTER work is completed." This basically means, "You do the work, and we'll decide how much (or whether) to pay you afterwords because we're a church and funds are tight." Yeah right!

? Market your product. Plaster photos of the king and queen (Mike and Kathy Hayes) all over the place until your congregation (customers) buy in to the message to the extent of a cult following (you can see this crazed defense in some of the ridiculous comments below).

Mike Hayes and his henchmen have devised a brilliant scheme to make insane amounts of money off of a well-intentioned, yet dim-witted crop of Christians. He is SELLING the gospel, and it's over-priced in order to pay his million dollar mortgage. Maybe some people are finding that it is worth the money to be a member of an elitist, money-centered church. Whatever floats your boat...

But in my humble opinion, no amount of "good sermons" or perceived "spirituality" is going to mask the fact that these people are simply salesmen who are trying to peddle a "warm and fuzzy feeling".

No one is so naive to believe that a church can function without money. But apparently there are people in this world who ARE naive enough to think it's necessary (or acceptable) to live at the peak of excess?? multi-million dollar facilities, homes, luxury cars, etc. all the while pretending to be a man of God.

I urge anyone reading this to please take a minute to read the pathetic comments below which try to defend the actions of this church. After doing so, you'll see the inability of anyone to really give a decent argument refuting any of the assertions made by those who have personally been wronged by this 'church'. Rather these people TRY to simply defend the indefensible.

You have to remember these are just cult followers, defending their God (Mike Hayes)

I have been to MANY churches in many different denominations in my years on this earth, and never have I been more disgusted, infuriated, and saddened by the blatant misuse of funds, and abuse of a congregation (who is too stupid or indifferent to catch on).

No one can honestly say they know what God wants. but I can assure you that Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas is NOT what God wants.

Don't be a victim. Don't join Covenant Country Club.

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I have been at Covenant Church for 2 1/2 yrs now and therefore I know that the Holy Spirit moves through the Pastors at Covenant Church and I am very thankful to be there...I prayed and visited Covenant Church for an entire year before I became a member because I have spent most of my life in Evangelical churches and have seen some very unhealthy situations in some of them and I wanted to be sure that I was not getting involved with people that had agendas other than trying to serve God.

I see the reviews on this webpage that criticize Covenant Church because the Carrollton campus is beautiful~where do we get the idea that all Christians are supposed to be broke and poor? Not all of God's children in the Old or New Testament were poor. Pastor Amie Dockery said a few weeks ago that her favorite clothing store is Marshall's because she does not want to pay 3 or 4 times more for cute clothes and it's not the first time I have discerned from her that she is not consumed with materialism or greed.

I was also at a service earlier this year when Pastor Mike Hayes called for seven single Mom's who could not pay their mortgages to come to the front of the church and when they did he committed to paying off their mortgages for them~and one of the Mother's mortgage was tens of thousands of dollars.

It sounds to me like the people complaining about Covenant Church's finances are being fueled from jealousy. Christians are responsible for where we put our tithes and offerings because we will receive a spiritual impartation from the ministries that we contribute to. I have seen enough of God's love and genuineness from the people at Covenant Church and I know the Holy Spirit is very active and present there and that is enough for me to be more than happy to give my tithes and some of my offerings to Covenant Church, where I am a member. Do you think churches and ministries operate for free??

And what is wrong if Pastors Mike and Kathy Hayes have pictures of themselves in the foyer at Carrollton? I personally think it's refreshing to see happily married couples that have been together as long as Mike and Kathy and who still love each other and honor family~we need more of that in our country, and unfortunately also in the Evangelical Christian Community. I've been to too many churches with perverted Pastors cheating on their wives, hitting on women in the congregations, etc...and the divorce rate isn't any lower among professed Christians than nonChristians, so I love seeing portraits of Mike and Kathy Hayes in the foyer...the people putting the negative reviews seriously need a reality check and sound naive about some of the things that do go on in Christian ministry and other churches if they're complaining about people of such upright character as Mike and Kathy Hayes.

And yes, the worship at Covenant Church is better than any other church I've been to--better than all the other churches I've been to in Southern CA or here in the Metroplex...and there's nothing wrong with that...

Covenant Church is not perfect~no church is. However, I would recommend Covenant Church to anyone who needs the hope of the Lord in this dark world. Every time I leave a service there I have hope and have been refueled by the Holy Spirit to get me through another day and another week. They also have Celebrate Recovery, which is great for inner healing and spiritual growth.

I thank and praise you, Yeshua Messiach, for leading me to Covenant Church!

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I have been at Covenant Church for 2 1/2 yrs now and therefore I know that the Holy Spirit moves through the Pastors at Covenant Church and I am very thankful to be there...I prayed and visited Covenant Church for an entire year before I became a member because I have spent most of my life in Evangelical churches and have seen some very unhealthy situations in some of them and I wanted to be sure that I was not getting involved with people that had agendas other than trying to serve God.

I see the reviews on this webpage that criticize Covenant Church because the Carrollton campus is beautiful~where do we get the idea that all Christians are supposed to be broke and poor? Not all of God's children in the Old or New Testament were poor. Pastor Amie Dockery said a few weeks ago that her favorite clothing store is Marshall's because she does not want to pay 3 or 4 times more for cute clothes and it's not the first time I have discerned from her that she is not consumed with materialism or greed.

I was also at a service earlier this year when Pastor Mike Hayes called for seven single Mom's who could not pay their mortgages to come to the front of the church and when they did he committed to paying off their mortgages for them~and one of the Mother's mortgage was tens of thousands of dollars.

It sounds to me like the people complaining about Covenant Church's finances are being fueled from jealousy. Christians are responsible for where we put our tithes and offerings because we will receive a spiritual impartation from the ministries that we contribute to. I have seen enough of God's love and genuineness from the people at Covenant Church and I know the Holy Spirit is very active and present there and that is enough for me to be more than happy to give my tithes and some of my offerings to Covenant Church, where I am a member. Do you think churches and ministries operate for free??

And what is wrong if Pastors Mike and Kathy Hayes have pictures of themselves in the foyer at Carrollton? I personally think it's refreshing to see happily married couples that have been together as long as Mike and Kathy and who still love each other and honor family~we need more of that in our country, and unfortunately also in the Evangelical Christian Community. I've been to too many churches with perverted Pastors cheating on their wives, hitting on women in the congregations, etc...and the divorce rate isn't any lower among professed Christians than nonChristians, so I love seeing portraits of Mike and Kathy Hayes in the foyer...the people putting the negative reviews seriously need a reality check and sound naive about some of the things that do go on in Christian ministry and other churches if they're complaining about people of such upright character as Mike and Kathy Hayes.

And yes, the worship at Covenant Church is better than any other church I've been to--better than all the other churches I've been to in Southern CA or here in the Metroplex...and there's nothing wrong with that...

Covenant Church is not perfect~no church is. However, I would recommend Covenant Church to anyone who needs the hope of the Lord in this dark world. Every time I leave a service there I have hope and have been refueled by the Holy Spirit to get me through another day and another week. They also have Celebrate Recovery, which is great for inner healing and spiritual growth.

I thank and praise you, Yeshua Messiach, for leading me to Covenant Church!

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I'd like to correct some of the erroneous statements made by Clark G. and Ji J. regarding Covenant Church and particularly the Hayes family. Let me begin by saying that our family has been part of the membership of CC since 1993. You may not see crosses there, but that is because Jesus is no longer on the cross! Yes, you will see pictures of Pastors Mike and Kathy as you enter the sanctuary (so what?), but you obviously didn't visit Apostle's Hall which has paintings done by one of our members of the apostles of old as seen through the eyes of the artist. As you enter the sanctuary on the west side, you will see a painting the size of an entire wall that beholds the Last Supper.

You complain about the value of Pastors Mike and Amie's homes Yes, they do have income from Covenant Church as they are on staff. What you fail to know is that much of their income comes from books they have written and from their speaking engagements for which they do not charge but are blessed with an offering. It is from these personal incomes that they purchase their homes. Pastor Mike personally blesses single moms with vehicles from his personal ministry, Mike Hayes Ministires. With Pastor Mike's talent, knowledge of the Word and demand for his preaching anointing, he could be a multimillionaire several times over and never set foot within the walls of CC ever again. He is well known and well respected by thousands throughout the world. Instead, our pulpit is where he is at his happiest and most at home.

The "professional" musicians you say are paid by the church are church members who sing and play at service and every church event. Yes, some are paid because they are on staff.

It was stated by Ji J that the same sermon was heard two weeks in a row. If Pastor Mike is teaching a series, he will often go back to the week before to hit the bullets for those who may have missed the service the week before. It could be that he simply didn't get to the "new stuff" because of time constraints. Yes, he may say something about the parking lot and the 11:00 service, but what you don't know is that he gets letters from people complaining about not being able to get a parking space because the 9:00 service ran long. That Holy Spirit. He just doesn't care to watch a clock!

Yes there are membership classes, bu that is the beginning of accountability--the church to you and you to the church. Membership has its privileges. For instance, did you know that single parents have had their entire houses made over through members? Did you know that CC members have paid for elementary-aged children to attend Camp Dry Gulch when parents couldn't afford the cost? Did you know that CC members have bought air conditioners, refrigerators, school supplies, and school clothing for those who couldn't afford these items? That CC helps with people with their rent and utilties bills?

As for seeing the church budget, I can assure you that the money isn't frivilously spent. As member over the course of the last sixteen years, I've seen itemized lists of what the money was used for such as expanding facilities to accommodate Children's Minstries, the sanctuary and office space, updating media equipment for the best possible sound, and adding staff to see to the needs of the growing church body to name a few. Besides, why do you feel it is necessary to see a budget? Your giving is between you and God. Your responsibility for it ends when it enters the giving bucket. You have to trust that it is spent wisely and honorably. If it isn't, the God will hold the pastors accountable.

Oh, about tithing. Why does it bother you that our church accepts tithes? It is from these tithes that benevolence assistance is made, the utilities and staff salaries are paid. How else do you expect a church to be able to function? You don't think it runs itself, do you?

I can assure you that Pastors Mike and Kathy are well aware of the the scripture that states that to whom much as been given, much is required. Neither they nor any of the pastors at ANY of our campuses take their positions or responsibilities lightly. They are all men and women of honor and character who try to live their lives above reproach. They are not infallible nor do they claim to be. They are the first to share their human frailties and shortcoming from the pulpit at any given service.

No Covenant Church isn't for everybody, but, in the words of Denver Moore it is for those who are nobodies who want to tell anybody about Somebody who can save everybody!

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I'd like to correct some of the erroneous statements made by Clark G. and Ji J. regarding Covenant Church and particularly the Hayes family. Let me begin by saying that our family has been part of the membership of CC since 1993. You may not see crosses there, but that is because Jesus is no longer on the cross! Yes, you will see pictures of Pastors Mike and Kathy as you enter the sanctuary (so what?), but you obviously didn't visit Apostle's Hall which has paintings done by one of our members of the apostles of old as seen through the eyes of the artist. As you enter the sanctuary on the west side, you will see a painting the size of an entire wall that beholds the Last Supper.

You complain about the value of Pastors Mike and Amie's homes Yes, they do have income from Covenant Church as they are on staff. What you fail to know is that much of their income comes from books they have written and from their speaking engagements for which they do not charge but are blessed with an offering. It is from these personal incomes that they purchase their homes. Pastor Mike personally blesses single moms with vehicles from his personal ministry, Mike Hayes Ministires. With Pastor Mike's talent, knowledge of the Word and demand for his preaching anointing, he could be a multimillionaire several times over and never set foot within the walls of CC ever again. He is well known and well respected by thousands throughout the world. Instead, our pulpit is where he is at his happiest and most at home.

The "professional" musicians you say are paid by the church are church members who sing and play at service and every church event. Yes, some are paid because they are on staff.

It was stated by Ji J that the same sermon was heard two weeks in a row. If Pastor Mike is teaching a series, he will often go back to the week before to hit the bullets for those who may have missed the service the week before. It could be that he simply didn't get to the "new stuff" because of time constraints. Yes, he may say something about the parking lot and the 11:00 service, but what you don't know is that he gets letters from people complaining about not being able to get a parking space because the 9:00 service ran long. That Holy Spirit. He just doesn't care to watch a clock!

Yes there are membership classes, bu that is the beginning of accountability--the church to you and you to the church. Membership has its privileges. For instance, did you know that single parents have had their entire houses made over through members? Did you know that CC members have paid for elementary-aged children to attend Camp Dry Gulch when parents couldn't afford the cost? Did you know that CC members have bought air conditioners, refrigerators, school supplies, and school clothing for those who couldn't afford these items? That CC helps with people with their rent and utilties bills?

As for seeing the church budget, I can assure you that the money isn't frivilously spent. As member over the course of the last sixteen years, I've seen itemized lists of what the money was used for such as expanding facilities to accommodate Children's Minstries, the sanctuary and office space, updating media equipment for the best possible sound, and adding staff to see to the needs of the growing church body to name a few. Besides, why do you feel it is necessary to see a budget? Your giving is between you and God. Your responsibility for it ends when it enters the giving bucket. You have to trust that it is spent wisely and honorably. If it isn't, the God will hold the pastors accountable.

Oh, about tithing. Why does it bother you that our church accepts tithes? It is from these tithes that benevolence assistance is made, the utilities and staff salaries are paid. How else do you expect a church to be able to function? You don't think it runs itself, do you?

I can assure you that Pastors Mike and Kathy are well aware of the the scripture that states that to whom much as been given, much is required. Neither they nor any of the pastors at ANY of our campuses take their positions or responsibilities lightly. They are all men and women of honor and character who try to live their lives above reproach. They are not infallible nor do they claim to be. They are the first to share their human frailties and shortcoming from the pulpit at any given service.

No Covenant Church isn't for everybody, but, in the words of Denver Moore it is for those who are nobodies who want to tell anybody about Somebody who can save everybody!

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Any Gospel that cannot be preached in a third-world country is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The "prosperity gospel" is indeed a different gospel. I dare anyone reading this to go to the ministry staff of Covenant Church and request to see a copy of the budget. YOU CAN'T SEE IT!!! It is off limits. If you ask too much then you will be told to leave the church.

I dare anyone reading this to do a NT study on the word "tithe". This is actually an OT concept that is not in the NT! The Jews would actually give 23.3 percent of their income to the priests in the OT. This included livestock, grains, etc... In the NT we are commanded nothing of the sort. We are simply told to give generously to the poor and to other people in need. A tithe is not a spiritual law binding upon NT believers today. To justify themselves, they will pull out all of the OT Scriptures that actually apply to the Jews and not to themselves (example Malachi 3).

In any other church in America you can get a copy of the church budget before you even join. At covenant you will be told to leave for even asking.

They pay for professional musicians to perform the praise and worship because they know that music stirs the emotions and the more emotional you can get people, the more you can get out of them when the plate comes around. They keep the music going on and on to create a spiritual high. It is basic psychology.

Next time you go, take a good hard look around. There are no crosses in the church... just the church logo. There are no paintings of Christ, instead there are portraits of Mike Hayes and his wife. Take a good hard look at what they wear, the jewelry, the handbags, the houses they live in, and then you tell me where all of the money is going. Their kids are on the payroll as well. Check out their houses! See how much they cost YOU!

And what ever happened to the singles pastor who drove the PROWLER?

Hayes calls Oral Roberts his "brother". Roberts is a known false prophet. Kim Clement speaks at the church from time to time. You can google his false prophecies as well. These are all people who have absolutely zero integrity.

Smoke and mirrors. Big money, big business, big deception.

"Many will come to me and say, 'Lord, did I not preach in your name!' and He will say, 'Depart from Me, I never knew you!"

Let's get real people. God has given you a brain. Use it. There is nothing wrong with asking questions. God does not want you to be deceived. You deserve to know where your money is going.

Pray to God for discernment. He will give it to you.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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Any Gospel that cannot be preached in a third-world country is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The "prosperity gospel" is indeed a different gospel. I dare anyone reading this to go to the ministry staff of Covenant Church and request to see a copy of the budget. YOU CAN'T SEE IT!!! It is off limits. If you ask too much then you will be told to leave the church.

I dare anyone reading this to do a NT study on the word "tithe". This is actually an OT concept that is not in the NT! The Jews would actually give 23.3 percent of their income to the priests in the OT. This included livestock, grains, etc... In the NT we are commanded nothing of the sort. We are simply told to give generously to the poor and to other people in need. A tithe is not a spiritual law binding upon NT believers today. To justify themselves, they will pull out all of the OT Scriptures that actually apply to the Jews and not to themselves (example Malachi 3).

In any other church in America you can get a copy of the church budget before you even join. At covenant you will be told to leave for even asking.

They pay for professional musicians to perform the praise and worship because they know that music stirs the emotions and the more emotional you can get people, the more you can get out of them when the plate comes around. They keep the music going on and on to create a spiritual high. It is basic psychology.

Next time you go, take a good hard look around. There are no crosses in the church... just the church logo. There are no paintings of Christ, instead there are portraits of Mike Hayes and his wife. Take a good hard look at what they wear, the jewelry, the handbags, the houses they live in, and then you tell me where all of the money is going. Their kids are on the payroll as well. Check out their houses! See how much they cost YOU!

And what ever happened to the singles pastor who drove the PROWLER?

Hayes calls Oral Roberts his "brother". Roberts is a known false prophet. Kim Clement speaks at the church from time to time. You can google his false prophecies as well. These are all people who have absolutely zero integrity.

Smoke and mirrors. Big money, big business, big deception.

"Many will come to me and say, 'Lord, did I not preach in your name!' and He will say, 'Depart from Me, I never knew you!"

Let's get real people. God has given you a brain. Use it. There is nothing wrong with asking questions. God does not want you to be deceived. You deserve to know where your money is going.

Pray to God for discernment. He will give it to you.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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I'm in the piano business. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, a woman & her mother relocated to Mckinney. Sometime after she purchased a baby grand from me & has since serviced it regularly. These ladies are honest , hard working, educated, and productive. They were looking for a church that was the same. More importantly, they be a part of a church that is helping the community as well as ministering to their congregation. The woman that purchased the piano from me was a professional musician in New Orleans, she composed music & played the sax a great part of her life. She comes from a Catholic background & found that it was hard to use scripture & her personal experiences in the ministry she chose,(hospice & hospital). Each time the topic would come up I would suggest that they throw Covenant McKinney in the mix to see if they might be a fit. Last week I performed a 6 mon. tuning & was pleased to learn that I had recommended a quality church that not only provided well for their congregation, but had a heart for their community as well. The woman told me they had visited & began regular attendance in Feb. of this year & they were both baptized w/in the last two weeks. The mother has just been contacted by he church about her desire to be a greeter,(something she will have no problem handling, by the way), & her daughter would like to be involved in a hospital ministry. The main plus that they both mentioned is, whenever the previous churches they had been a part of would hold a rummage/garage sale, it seemed people would bring stuff they no longer wanted. Covenant McKinney however, donated quality stuff & she said they gave it away. She also said that the church had helped some families hang on to their houses, helping them w/ foreclosures I assume. This is not a fabricated review, I was a tithe paying member of Covenant Carrollton for over ten years. I enjoyed the exciting teaching presented there & one of their worship leaders is Music Dir. for a worldwide Christ, T.V. station. This speaks to the level of excellence sought by leadership. Thanks-Covenant-J.Henson

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I'm in the piano business. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, a woman & her mother relocated to Mckinney. Sometime after she purchased a baby grand from me & has since serviced it regularly. These ladies are honest , hard working, educated, and productive. They were looking for a church that was the same. More importantly, they be a part of a church that is helping the community as well as ministering to their congregation. The woman that purchased the piano from me was a professional musician in New Orleans, she composed music & played the sax a great part of her life. She comes from a Catholic background & found that it was hard to use scripture & her personal experiences in the ministry she chose,(hospice & hospital). Each time the topic would come up I would suggest that they throw Covenant McKinney in the mix to see if they might be a fit. Last week I performed a 6 mon. tuning & was pleased to learn that I had recommended a quality church that not only provided well for their congregation, but had a heart for their community as well. The woman told me they had visited & began regular attendance in Feb. of this year & they were both baptized w/in the last two weeks. The mother has just been contacted by he church about her desire to be a greeter,(something she will have no problem handling, by the way), & her daughter would like to be involved in a hospital ministry. The main plus that they both mentioned is, whenever the previous churches they had been a part of would hold a rummage/garage sale, it seemed people would bring stuff they no longer wanted. Covenant McKinney however, donated quality stuff & she said they gave it away. She also said that the church had helped some families hang on to their houses, helping them w/ foreclosures I assume. This is not a fabricated review, I was a tithe paying member of Covenant Carrollton for over ten years. I enjoyed the exciting teaching presented there & one of their worship leaders is Music Dir. for a worldwide Christ, T.V. station. This speaks to the level of excellence sought by leadership. Thanks-Covenant-J.Henson

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Pray for them and don't go there when God tells you not to. Take my word for it at least.There is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered. If you do go beware of the leaven of the pharisees if you know what I mean and beware of false prophets that come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly are ravening wolves. Be wise as serpents yet innocent as doves.

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Pray for them and don't go there when God tells you not to. Take my word for it at least.There is nothing hidden that shall not be uncovered. If you do go beware of the leaven of the pharisees if you know what I mean and beware of false prophets that come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly are ravening wolves. Be wise as serpents yet innocent as doves.

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Many times WE get caught up in the small things and those small things actually enlarge and smother us to the point that our focus is shifted off of were it originally should have been in the first place. I've been attending Covenant for a year and moved to DFW from a small town. I am so excited to be apart of a multiculture church that celebrates our uniqueness. Its an honor to have a pastor that is compassionate about lives being changed and sensitive to the fact that we are all on different levels and yet present this soul splitting word in such a way that it doesn't make you want to run away and hide but it draws you, makes you want to know more and do better. I've learned as I've lived and have found you will NEVER find the perfect church, the perfect mate, have the perfect children or have the perfect life...but that's not our ultimate purpose anyways...is it! We are called to be the light of the world. What is the first thing God did? He created light. God said we are the light of the world. Why...because this world is dark and so many people are stumbling around bumping their heads. Covenant is not for everyone. The Potter's House is not for everyone. Don't allow your words to be a tool in destroying rather than edifying. Whatever seeds you plant will grow. I simply want to encourage you to be light where ever you are, at work, at church or on the computer!

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Many times WE get caught up in the small things and those small things actually enlarge and smother us to the point that our focus is shifted off of were it originally should have been in the first place. I've been attending Covenant for a year and moved to DFW from a small town. I am so excited to be apart of a multiculture church that celebrates our uniqueness. Its an honor to have a pastor that is compassionate about lives being changed and sensitive to the fact that we are all on different levels and yet present this soul splitting word in such a way that it doesn't make you want to run away and hide but it draws you, makes you want to know more and do better. I've learned as I've lived and have found you will NEVER find the perfect church, the perfect mate, have the perfect children or have the perfect life...but that's not our ultimate purpose anyways...is it! We are called to be the light of the world. What is the first thing God did? He created light. God said we are the light of the world. Why...because this world is dark and so many people are stumbling around bumping their heads. Covenant is not for everyone. The Potter's House is not for everyone. Don't allow your words to be a tool in destroying rather than edifying. Whatever seeds you plant will grow. I simply want to encourage you to be light where ever you are, at work, at church or on the computer!

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I visited Covenant Church for 6 months in 07. Their praise & worship is excellent - I learned to truly worship the Lord for the first time in 30+ years.
I found some things odd. Large, framed professional photos throughout of Mike & Kathy Hayes - the kind you would have hanging around your own home of your own family .... but not in God's. Unless you are God's family. But aren't WE ALL God's children, not just the Hayes'?
We liked to attend the 9:00 service every week. A couple times, Mike preached the exact same sermon 2 weeks in a row. He led up to things he was going to teach us, but it was anti-climactic b/c he would cut us short saying, "time had run out and needed to get us out of the parking lot for the 11:00 crowd to arrive w/o a traffic jam." Same sermon, same close, 2 weeks in a row. He took appropriate time for praise & worship, tithe & prayer, but we were shortchanged weekly on the message. I started to feel like Sun morning church was an infomercial, rather than a place to have a relationship with God. So we tried to get some biblical teaching by getting involved in small groups thru their Crown Financial Ministries classes, only to find another disappointment. The group leader had taken the class one time, and was unprepared to hold class and for leadership. I spoke to the elder over the ministry; the elder had never met the group leader! & could only offer me a different home group mtg to try out (another leader she had not met). Other smaller churches often offer such classes at the church building as well as childcare, but Covenant does not.

Last thing I want to say is, that at every church I have ever attended, financials statements are public. But I never found any on their website. I started a little research of my own on the Internet - just to see what was said about the place. To their credit - I have not seen or read anything terrible. I've never found financial statements, although it seems the Hayes family is doing very well. On dallascad.org and dentoncad.com respectively, Pastor Stephen Michael Hayes had a home appraised at $1M (has since sold) & his daughter Amie Dockery owns a $575,000 in Castle Hills, 4400 sq ft of home + pool. Not too shabby for a preacher and his kid. I know God wants us to do well in life. But God must want them to do really really really well.
I finally listened to the spirit of discernment & stopped going.

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I visited Covenant Church for 6 months in 07. Their praise & worship is excellent - I learned to truly worship the Lord for the first time in 30+ years.
I found some things odd. Large, framed professional photos throughout of Mike & Kathy Hayes - the kind you would have hanging around your own home of your own family .... but not in God's. Unless you are God's family. But aren't WE ALL God's children, not just the Hayes'?
We liked to attend the 9:00 service every week. A couple times, Mike preached the exact same sermon 2 weeks in a row. He led up to things he was going to teach us, but it was anti-climactic b/c he would cut us short saying, "time had run out and needed to get us out of the parking lot for the 11:00 crowd to arrive w/o a traffic jam." Same sermon, same close, 2 weeks in a row. He took appropriate time for praise & worship, tithe & prayer, but we were shortchanged weekly on the message. I started to feel like Sun morning church was an infomercial, rather than a place to have a relationship with God. So we tried to get some biblical teaching by getting involved in small groups thru their Crown Financial Ministries classes, only to find another disappointment. The group leader had taken the class one time, and was unprepared to hold class and for leadership. I spoke to the elder over the ministry; the elder had never met the group leader! & could only offer me a different home group mtg to try out (another leader she had not met). Other smaller churches often offer such classes at the church building as well as childcare, but Covenant does not.

Last thing I want to say is, that at every church I have ever attended, financials statements are public. But I never found any on their website. I started a little research of my own on the Internet - just to see what was said about the place. To their credit - I have not seen or read anything terrible. I've never found financial statements, although it seems the Hayes family is doing very well. On dallascad.org and dentoncad.com respectively, Pastor Stephen Michael Hayes had a home appraised at $1M (has since sold) & his daughter Amie Dockery owns a $575,000 in Castle Hills, 4400 sq ft of home + pool. Not too shabby for a preacher and his kid. I know God wants us to do well in life. But God must want them to do really really really well.
I finally listened to the spirit of discernment & stopped going.

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I was raised in a church that taught God's law not His love and seldom emphasized on the fact the I could have a relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. As a result I constantly felt guilt and shame never feeling as if I were good enough to inherit the right to enter heaven. So I turned to sin and battled addiction for almost half my life. Keep in mind I am not blaming the church I am blaming the fact that I did not have a good loving relationship with God, which is my responsibility. Since then I have found that in truth I am not worthy of entering heaven, no one is, but because Jesus died on the cross we have an opportunity that we do not deserve. Where did I learn this? I learned this from my mother and father and their relationship with God. I learned it from the members of the Covenant Church in McKinney TX where they attend. Never in my life have I seen people love and worship God like this, it is truly inspiring.

Now I will address some of the issues that "anonymous and Mike C. had with God's and my church. First of all isn't God great He has blessed Covenant Church enough that we can have nice facilities to glorify His name. Truthfully none of it is ours it is His. Why wouldn't God show off a little bit in a way that we understand, which is look what you can have by glorifying Me.
As far as attacking Mike Hayes character by saying that he has some sort of earthly agenda is preposterous I have looked into his eyes and his only agenda is saving as many people as he can by showing them God's grace and love.
People are like sheep and if not constantly attended to will go the way of who ever leads them whether it be Hitler or men doing God's work. The pastors at Covenant Church are merely men doing God's work and helping to lead me down God's path. So I will follow those who are following God.
Christians and members of Covenant Church don God's armor so to protect us from those who try to dissuade us from His way. Come together as one in God.
Anyone who is merely existing and wandering through life lost. Looking for the way of peace and happiness. Come to Covenant Church with an open heart, let us through God show you His armor, so that you can have the happiness, peace of heart and mind, and love for God that He intended. Covenant life is christian life. Glory be to His precious and holy name.
God's humble servant,
Blaine Patterson

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I was raised in a church that taught God's law not His love and seldom emphasized on the fact the I could have a relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. As a result I constantly felt guilt and shame never feeling as if I were good enough to inherit the right to enter heaven. So I turned to sin and battled addiction for almost half my life. Keep in mind I am not blaming the church I am blaming the fact that I did not have a good loving relationship with God, which is my responsibility. Since then I have found that in truth I am not worthy of entering heaven, no one is, but because Jesus died on the cross we have an opportunity that we do not deserve. Where did I learn this? I learned this from my mother and father and their relationship with God. I learned it from the members of the Covenant Church in McKinney TX where they attend. Never in my life have I seen people love and worship God like this, it is truly inspiring.

Now I will address some of the issues that "anonymous and Mike C. had with God's and my church. First of all isn't God great He has blessed Covenant Church enough that we can have nice facilities to glorify His name. Truthfully none of it is ours it is His. Why wouldn't God show off a little bit in a way that we understand, which is look what you can have by glorifying Me.
As far as attacking Mike Hayes character by saying that he has some sort of earthly agenda is preposterous I have looked into his eyes and his only agenda is saving as many people as he can by showing them God's grace and love.
People are like sheep and if not constantly attended to will go the way of who ever leads them whether it be Hitler or men doing God's work. The pastors at Covenant Church are merely men doing God's work and helping to lead me down God's path. So I will follow those who are following God.
Christians and members of Covenant Church don God's armor so to protect us from those who try to dissuade us from His way. Come together as one in God.
Anyone who is merely existing and wandering through life lost. Looking for the way of peace and happiness. Come to Covenant Church with an open heart, let us through God show you His armor, so that you can have the happiness, peace of heart and mind, and love for God that He intended. Covenant life is christian life. Glory be to His precious and holy name.
God's humble servant,
Blaine Patterson

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I have read some of the reviews here and I just had to comment myself. I was a member of Covenant from the frist service that they had at the Trinity location. I was very involved with the youth ministry and the praise team once I began their college and career group. I got very close to the movers and shakers at this church, even going to the home of Mike Hayes.

Now, saying that... I have to say that Mike C. is absolutely correct in his assumption. I remember when Mike was involved with Family of Eagles, which turned out to be a scam and some in the church were charged. Mike tried to use the pulpit to grow his Family of Eagles business, just like the den of thieves Jesus ran out of the temple.

The benevolence fund, you have to 'qualify' for and you can only get help from them restricted times... this is not what is in the Bible.

When they misquote scripture, if you call them out on it... you get blackballed from those in that church and the other churches they have in their pockets like Grace Fellowship in Plano. A friend of a lot of ours there needed help through a situation and they banned him from the church. When he went to Grace, they called Grace and told them to ban him... and they did. This too is not how Jesus taught.

Their pastors have a saying there... People are sheep - it doesn't take much to lead them because they will follow anyone. Apparently that statement is true.

Covenant has lost a lot of great pastors because they think they are above the Word of God and when called out on their actions, all they think to do is blackball others and continue on to their folly.

The person who stated, "This is a church that's all about relationship, not religion.
Believe. Belong. Become a Part of this Covenant Life!"
Says it all... only that is NOT a good thing. It is not about relationship, it is about the Word of God... It is NOT about the "Covenant Life" it is about the Christian Life.

The problem is that the congregation doesn't read the Word and therefore cannot recognize error... those who do get banned and therefore do not go there.

If you want to know God, read His Word. If you want to walk in Truth, stay far away from Covenant and their self seeking sister churches.

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I have read some of the reviews here and I just had to comment myself. I was a member of Covenant from the frist service that they had at the Trinity location. I was very involved with the youth ministry and the praise team once I began their college and career group. I got very close to the movers and shakers at this church, even going to the home of Mike Hayes.

Now, saying that... I have to say that Mike C. is absolutely correct in his assumption. I remember when Mike was involved with Family of Eagles, which turned out to be a scam and some in the church were charged. Mike tried to use the pulpit to grow his Family of Eagles business, just like the den of thieves Jesus ran out of the temple.

The benevolence fund, you have to 'qualify' for and you can only get help from them restricted times... this is not what is in the Bible.

When they misquote scripture, if you call them out on it... you get blackballed from those in that church and the other churches they have in their pockets like Grace Fellowship in Plano. A friend of a lot of ours there needed help through a situation and they banned him from the church. When he went to Grace, they called Grace and told them to ban him... and they did. This too is not how Jesus taught.

Their pastors have a saying there... People are sheep - it doesn't take much to lead them because they will follow anyone. Apparently that statement is true.

Covenant has lost a lot of great pastors because they think they are above the Word of God and when called out on their actions, all they think to do is blackball others and continue on to their folly.

The person who stated, "This is a church that's all about relationship, not religion.
Believe. Belong. Become a Part of this Covenant Life!"
Says it all... only that is NOT a good thing. It is not about relationship, it is about the Word of God... It is NOT about the "Covenant Life" it is about the Christian Life.

The problem is that the congregation doesn't read the Word and therefore cannot recognize error... those who do get banned and therefore do not go there.

If you want to know God, read His Word. If you want to walk in Truth, stay far away from Covenant and their self seeking sister churches.

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I have attended Covenant Church since I was 6 years old and this year (2007) I turn twenty!
This church is full of love.Everyone from the greeters, the ushers, the elders and the pastoral team makes attending a sevice such a wonderful experience.I do not think that I could ever leave the amazing atmosphere.
During the praise and worship at the beginning of the service you can feel God's powerful presense moving into the sanctuary and He stays the whole time. I always enjoy being lead into the presense of God by our wonderful worship team.
I have never heard Pastor Mike give a sermon that was not relevent to what we needed to hear. He is always right on target. And he does not yell at us (although he does get excited and passionate) and he always has a humerous story to draw us in to what he has to say. Pastor is an eloquent public speaker.
I also love when there is a guest speaker. We have had such wonderful people as Stephen Baldwin and Oliver North to name a few. Many of our other pastors also take their turn at the pulpit. I really love when Pastor Aimie (Hayes) Dockery speaks (she has learned a lot from her father) and when the ever humerous singles pastor Michael Rowan speaks, I know I'm going to laugh till my cheeks hurt!!
I remember how awesome the children's ministry was and how it impacted me and help to build who I am today. And the Excitement when I finally made it into our youth church Legendary down at the Neotropolis. Pastors Joel and Jennifer Scrivner really relate to young people and make every service one worth attending.
There is always something amazing going on at the church. This year we are celebrating 31 years!
There is a campus close to you:
Carrollton,
Denton/Cross Roads,
Colleyville,
Texoma, and
McKinney
This is a church that's all about relationship, not religion.
Believe. Belong. Become a Part of this Covenant Life!

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I have attended Covenant Church since I was 6 years old and this year (2007) I turn twenty!
This church is full of love.Everyone from the greeters, the ushers, the elders and the pastoral team makes attending a sevice such a wonderful experience.I do not think that I could ever leave the amazing atmosphere.
During the praise and worship at the beginning of the service you can feel God's powerful presense moving into the sanctuary and He stays the whole time. I always enjoy being lead into the presense of God by our wonderful worship team.
I have never heard Pastor Mike give a sermon that was not relevent to what we needed to hear. He is always right on target. And he does not yell at us (although he does get excited and passionate) and he always has a humerous story to draw us in to what he has to say. Pastor is an eloquent public speaker.
I also love when there is a guest speaker. We have had such wonderful people as Stephen Baldwin and Oliver North to name a few. Many of our other pastors also take their turn at the pulpit. I really love when Pastor Aimie (Hayes) Dockery speaks (she has learned a lot from her father) and when the ever humerous singles pastor Michael Rowan speaks, I know I'm going to laugh till my cheeks hurt!!
I remember how awesome the children's ministry was and how it impacted me and help to build who I am today. And the Excitement when I finally made it into our youth church Legendary down at the Neotropolis. Pastors Joel and Jennifer Scrivner really relate to young people and make every service one worth attending.
There is always something amazing going on at the church. This year we are celebrating 31 years!
There is a campus close to you:
Carrollton,
Denton/Cross Roads,
Colleyville,
Texoma, and
McKinney
This is a church that's all about relationship, not religion.
Believe. Belong. Become a Part of this Covenant Life!

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I have to say that I was not really looking for a church when I found Covenant but I had a dear friend of mine who just keep speaking very highly of this church to the point I just had to go.
I have you to know that from the very first day I walk into that church my life changed cause I was a sinner and the very first day I went to this church I felt like I was walking into my house. I felt this amazing power that just made me feel all good inside and before I left there that day I gave my life to Christ. YES the very first day I went to this church Jesus meet me there and told me I was his.
I have been going there now about 2 years and 8mos and I have been baptized and become a member there. I love the church for what it stands for and for what they do. All the pastors of this church really do care about you and what you are going though. No it is not perfect church cause there is no perfect church but only in heaven but I have to say that it is just as close as you can get.
Because of this church saving my life it all so has saved my kids and my father and mother and I have to give my praises to God for this wonderful Spirit filled home that he has given me.

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I have to say that I was not really looking for a church when I found Covenant but I had a dear friend of mine who just keep speaking very highly of this church to the point I just had to go.
I have you to know that from the very first day I walk into that church my life changed cause I was a sinner and the very first day I went to this church I felt like I was walking into my house. I felt this amazing power that just made me feel all good inside and before I left there that day I gave my life to Christ. YES the very first day I went to this church Jesus meet me there and told me I was his.
I have been going there now about 2 years and 8mos and I have been baptized and become a member there. I love the church for what it stands for and for what they do. All the pastors of this church really do care about you and what you are going though. No it is not perfect church cause there is no perfect church but only in heaven but I have to say that it is just as close as you can get.
Because of this church saving my life it all so has saved my kids and my father and mother and I have to give my praises to God for this wonderful Spirit filled home that he has given me.

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Mike - I so much want to apologize for your experience when touring the Covenant Church facility, and tell you that the presentation you received grieves me. I would feel exactly the way you do if I had been presented the church in that manner. As a 12 year member of Covenant Church, I can tell you that the presentation you received is in no way indicative of the core values and beliefs of the pastoral staff. In fact, the gentleman that gave the presentation doesn't even have his facts straight. Pastor Mike Hayes doesn't drive a Prowler - the singles pastor, Pastor Michael Rowan, owns the Prowler. So please take what was presented to you with a grain of salt, as the gentleman was, in many ways, in error.

If you will indulge me, I will give you my take as a lay leader at Covenant Church on the items that were presented to you. Yes, if you choose to become a member, there is a membership class that you are asked to attend for 4-6 weeks. The "application" is simply a form that asks you what your area of interests are, and is simply a way for us to suggest certain activities or ministries that you might be interested in. There is no "acceptance" at the end of the classes - if you sign up, you are accepted - period!! The membership classes are simply a way for the church to let some of the pastors greet you and get to know you, and present the core values and beliefs of the church. That way, you know what you are joining and can determine if the church's values and beliefs are in line with your own.

As to the surrounding businesses being owned by Covenant Church, I'm not sure what the gentleman meant by that, but Covenant Church doesn't own businesses. The church has purchased several commercial properties nearby for the purposes of storage and office space, but that's simply because the church has grown so much that the original office space had to be converted into sanctuary seating. As a result, the church has purchased space in neighboring commercial buildings or strip malls to use as offices.

The comment about giving - wow, that was presented VERY badly and erroneously. There is no requirement for giving a certain percentage of your income, and they don't require you to specify what your income is when you join. Pastor Mike and the church as a whole ARE big believers in the concept of tithing as a Biblical principal, and that everyone should try to do their part in giving as God gives them the ability. This is a core belief of the church, and in fact, the church building, the land, the school and everything associated with Covenant Church has been paid for by everyone doing their small part - the church has never received a single large donation, grant or endowment over $1 million dollars. The largest single donation is probably MUCH smaller than that, but I personally don't know what it would be, so I won't guess and misinform you. BUT, your membership won't be revoked if you don't give a certain amount, a certain frequency, etc.

Again, I am SO very sorry that the tour and presentation was such a turn-off, and I would say to you that it SHOULD have turned you off. I will definitely be addressing this with some of the leadership so that future tours and presentations are more indicative of the truth and core values of the pastors and the church.

All I can say, is that in the 12 years I have been a member at Covenant, I have grown spiritually more than I can even begin to describe, I am accepted, loved and encouraged regardless of whatever struggles, weaknesses and problems I might have in my life. Is Covenant Church a perfect church?? NO!! There are no perfect churches, because humans attend them. BUT, Covenant Church is an awesome place to worship, be ministered and taught the Word of God, and have an extended family to love and encourage you.

I hope you do find a church home that you are comfortable with and wish you all of God's best in your pursuit. I would love nothing more than for you to give Covenant Church another chance - just attend a weekend service and "kick the tires". But, I completely understand if you choose not to after your experience.

In Christ,
Paul Anderson

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Mike - I so much want to apologize for your experience when touring the Covenant Church facility, and tell you that the presentation you received grieves me. I would feel exactly the way you do if I had been presented the church in that manner. As a 12 year member of Covenant Church, I can tell you that the presentation you received is in no way indicative of the core values and beliefs of the pastoral staff. In fact, the gentleman that gave the presentation doesn't even have his facts straight. Pastor Mike Hayes doesn't drive a Prowler - the singles pastor, Pastor Michael Rowan, owns the Prowler. So please take what was presented to you with a grain of salt, as the gentleman was, in many ways, in error.

If you will indulge me, I will give you my take as a lay leader at Covenant Church on the items that were presented to you. Yes, if you choose to become a member, there is a membership class that you are asked to attend for 4-6 weeks. The "application" is simply a form that asks you what your area of interests are, and is simply a way for us to suggest certain activities or ministries that you might be interested in. There is no "acceptance" at the end of the classes - if you sign up, you are accepted - period!! The membership classes are simply a way for the church to let some of the pastors greet you and get to know you, and present the core values and beliefs of the church. That way, you know what you are joining and can determine if the church's values and beliefs are in line with your own.

As to the surrounding businesses being owned by Covenant Church, I'm not sure what the gentleman meant by that, but Covenant Church doesn't own businesses. The church has purchased several commercial properties nearby for the purposes of storage and office space, but that's simply because the church has grown so much that the original office space had to be converted into sanctuary seating. As a result, the church has purchased space in neighboring commercial buildings or strip malls to use as offices.

The comment about giving - wow, that was presented VERY badly and erroneously. There is no requirement for giving a certain percentage of your income, and they don't require you to specify what your income is when you join. Pastor Mike and the church as a whole ARE big believers in the concept of tithing as a Biblical principal, and that everyone should try to do their part in giving as God gives them the ability. This is a core belief of the church, and in fact, the church building, the land, the school and everything associated with Covenant Church has been paid for by everyone doing their small part - the church has never received a single large donation, grant or endowment over $1 million dollars. The largest single donation is probably MUCH smaller than that, but I personally don't know what it would be, so I won't guess and misinform you. BUT, your membership won't be revoked if you don't give a certain amount, a certain frequency, etc.

Again, I am SO very sorry that the tour and presentation was such a turn-off, and I would say to you that it SHOULD have turned you off. I will definitely be addressing this with some of the leadership so that future tours and presentations are more indicative of the truth and core values of the pastors and the church.

All I can say, is that in the 12 years I have been a member at Covenant, I have grown spiritually more than I can even begin to describe, I am accepted, loved and encouraged regardless of whatever struggles, weaknesses and problems I might have in my life. Is Covenant Church a perfect church?? NO!! There are no perfect churches, because humans attend them. BUT, Covenant Church is an awesome place to worship, be ministered and taught the Word of God, and have an extended family to love and encourage you.

I hope you do find a church home that you are comfortable with and wish you all of God's best in your pursuit. I would love nothing more than for you to give Covenant Church another chance - just attend a weekend service and "kick the tires". But, I completely understand if you choose not to after your experience.

In Christ,
Paul Anderson

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I was given a tour of this church prior to deciding whether or not I wanted to attend, and was all but disgusted by what I saw and heard.

The man (who was apparently in the PR dept.) who gave me the tour emphasized how expensive everything in and around the church was: from the stone archangels and lions in front, to the enormous sound system inside. He also gloated about the fact that all the businesses around the church were owned by the church.

That didn't bother me much.

Then I noticed a rather large portrait of the pastor and his wife right before you enter the sanctuary, and in comparison, a rather apparent lack of images of Christ, etc. The tour-guide then bragged, " Yeah, thats Pastor Mike... he drives a Plymouth Prowler."

That bothered me a bit.

Then, the guide explained to me that in order to become a member of the church you had to apply, be accepted after a 6 week class, and are required to pay a certain amount of your income (which you disclose to them during your application process) to keep your membership.

He then stated, "Pastor Mike has a saying... If you're not willing to give your money to the Lord's cause, we need your seat."

That did it for me.

I guess I didn't realize that glorifying pastor Mike, filling his pockets, and buying stone lions, and archangels for his church was the Lord's cause.

I politely told the tour guide that I was looking for a church... not a country club.

I did watch a video sermon, which was good, and I've heard that this church does good missionary work, but visiting the church just screams MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!!

Gotta hand it to them though... they have no denominational preference. They'll take $20s, $50s, AND $100s!

Will never go there.

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I was given a tour of this church prior to deciding whether or not I wanted to attend, and was all but disgusted by what I saw and heard.

The man (who was apparently in the PR dept.) who gave me the tour emphasized how expensive everything in and around the church was: from the stone archangels and lions in front, to the enormous sound system inside. He also gloated about the fact that all the businesses around the church were owned by the church.

That didn't bother me much.

Then I noticed a rather large portrait of the pastor and his wife right before you enter the sanctuary, and in comparison, a rather apparent lack of images of Christ, etc. The tour-guide then bragged, " Yeah, thats Pastor Mike... he drives a Plymouth Prowler."

That bothered me a bit.

Then, the guide explained to me that in order to become a member of the church you had to apply, be accepted after a 6 week class, and are required to pay a certain amount of your income (which you disclose to them during your application process) to keep your membership.

He then stated, "Pastor Mike has a saying... If you're not willing to give your money to the Lord's cause, we need your seat."

That did it for me.

I guess I didn't realize that glorifying pastor Mike, filling his pockets, and buying stone lions, and archangels for his church was the Lord's cause.

I politely told the tour guide that I was looking for a church... not a country club.

I did watch a video sermon, which was good, and I've heard that this church does good missionary work, but visiting the church just screams MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!!

Gotta hand it to them though... they have no denominational preference. They'll take $20s, $50s, AND $100s!

Will never go there.

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Covenant offers the most racially diverse atmosphere I have been in, it truly makes you feel that everyone is equal. Covenant does a lot of missionary work around the globe and are also building more campuses in this area. They truly make an impact on many people's lives that really need a trustworthy source to spread the word, from Africa to Asia, they are constantly connected to outside sources. That makes me happy to know that I belong to an organization that can reach people that I cannot reach. Mike Hayes and Gordon Banks are wonderful speakers, they keep you interested with humor, and make it personal through experiences, but also feed you the knowledge of the bible. You always feel the spirit in the atmosphere of this church, I don't think I have been to one sermon where I did not want to cry. It is truly the best church I have ever been involved with, I have been going here for 3 years now.

PROS: Speakers, Choir, Missions
CONS: Intimidating at first because of it's size

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Covenant offers the most racially diverse atmosphere I have been in, it truly makes you feel that everyone is equal. Covenant does a lot of missionary work around the globe and are also building more campuses in this area. They truly make an impact on many people's lives that really need a trustworthy source to spread the word, from Africa to Asia, they are constantly connected to outside sources. That makes me happy to know that I belong to an organization that can reach people that I cannot reach. Mike Hayes and Gordon Banks are wonderful speakers, they keep you interested with humor, and make it personal through experiences, but also feed you the knowledge of the bible. You always feel the spirit in the atmosphere of this church, I don't think I have been to one sermon where I did not want to cry. It is truly the best church I have ever been involved with, I have been going here for 3 years now.

PROS: Speakers, Choir, Missions
CONS: Intimidating at first because of it's size

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This church is a really good church. They have 3 services and everyone is always really nice. At Halloween and New Years, they do a lot of activities for families and for the kids. It is so much fun to go too. They do a lot of donating to families in need and are very honest with their church families. You should try this church!

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This church is a really good church. They have 3 services and everyone is always really nice. At Halloween and New Years, they do a lot of activities for families and for the kids. It is so much fun to go too. They do a lot of donating to families in need and are very honest with their church families. You should try this church!

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Covenant Church is bigger and more beautiful than ever; but don't worry. You will not get lost in the numbers. I have visited Covenant Church on and off for the past 4 years. Never once have I attended a service where someone didn't make eye contact, welcome me, and smile at me.

The church is non-denomination, and welcomes everyone...no matter your race. They also offer a Mundo de Fe service that is only in spanish.

The Children's Ministry is second best to none, and our 6 year old daughter loves to participate foregoing sitting in the main building being bored with the adult sermon.

The choir and band are EXCEPTIONAL! I love Covenant Church and Pastor Hayes and the staff.

PROS: Church for everyone.
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Covenant Church is bigger and more beautiful than ever; but don't worry. You will not get lost in the numbers. I have visited Covenant Church on and off for the past 4 years. Never once have I attended a service where someone didn't make eye contact, welcome me, and smile at me.

The church is non-denomination, and welcomes everyone...no matter your race. They also offer a Mundo de Fe service that is only in spanish.

The Children's Ministry is second best to none, and our 6 year old daughter loves to participate foregoing sitting in the main building being bored with the adult sermon.

The choir and band are EXCEPTIONAL! I love Covenant Church and Pastor Hayes and the staff.

PROS: Church for everyone.
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This is a refreshing church to join and plays a big part in the community. The messages are relevant and taught from the Bible. They have a non judgemental approach, caring leaders, and an independant entertainment facility for fellowship and building relationships with other members, including single groups, single parents, married couples, etc.

PROS: Welcoming of all people, relaxed and welcoming
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This is a refreshing church to join and plays a big part in the community. The messages are relevant and taught from the Bible. They have a non judgemental approach, caring leaders, and an independant entertainment facility for fellowship and building relationships with other members, including single groups, single parents, married couples, etc.

PROS: Welcoming of all people, relaxed and welcoming
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