The Covenant"The Covenant gave rights to every individual who made up the 'separating' church. This meant that the congregation would accept no authority, ecclesiastical or civil, above the decisions at which they had arrived by mutual consent. Their ideas were motivated, not by a desire to create a democracy, but by their interpretation of what church organization should be, as revealed in the New Testament. Their church organization, however, became the model for every other aspect of their corporate existence. The Covenant was, therefore, the model which the Pilgrims followed in creating the Mayflower Compact which would eventually become an important document in the development of a free society in New England and beyond."
- Pilgrims Then & Now, Gary L. Marks