THE MEANING OF MEMBERSHIP
Welcome to the Meaning of Membership: Deeper in Christ. Further in Mission. Together.
The purpose of The Meaning of Membership: Deeper in Christ. Further in Mission.
Together. is to explore what it means to become a member of an Evangelical Covenant
Church (ECC). In the ECC, our very reason for being is to go deeper in Christ and further
in mission, together. Membership signifies the commitment to be mission friends together
in the context of a local church community.
Ever since Swedish immigrants founded the Covenant more than 125 years ago, we
have been known as “mission friends.” Mission is at the core of our identity and is deeply
rooted within Pietism. August Hermann Francke, a founding figure of Pietism, said that
Christians live for “God’s glory and neighbor’s good.” When it comes to advancing the
mission of God, we are truly better together.
Today the ECC is one of the fastest-growing and most diverse denominations. As our
missional movement continues to diversify and flourish, we are grateful to provide this
formational resource to help strengthen our Covenant identity together as mission friends.
The Meaning of Membership is the ECC’s refreshed and fully updated membership
curriculum resource from Make and Deepen Disciples which covers:
- The Mission of God
- The Mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church
- The Mission of Our Church
- The Mission of a Member
It is our sincere hope that The Meaning of Membership will empower every ECC church
to grow deeper in Christ and further in mission together in fresh and exciting ways.
Thank you for taking the time to explore what it means to be a part of the Evangelical
Covenant Church family.
In Grateful Partnership,
EXECUTIVE MINISTER OF MAKE AND DEEPEN DISCIPLES
EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH
We are a people who are “in it together,” counting on God and each other to join together to pursue God’s mission in the world. As we seek to advance the mission of God, we know we are better together. We know that we can accomplish far more by joining together than we could ever do on our own.
THE FOUR SESSIONS
It is our sincere hope that together we will grow deeper in Christ and further in mission. The Meaning of Membership: Deeper in Christ. Further in Mission. Together. is designed to be covered in four sessions, yet we recognize this format will not work for everyone. We have created a suggestion for condensing these resources in a one-session membership class, which can be found under Supplemental Resources.