The staff of the Department of the Ordered Ministry partners with groups throughout the denomination to care and advocate for our community of pastors, missionaries, and chaplains across a continuum of care. Vocational identity resources include workshops in competency development and ministry renewal funded through the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Initiative. Vocational discernment offers access to a network of trained spiritual directors as well as vocational and personal assessments and continuing education opportunities. Crisis intervention consists of, among other options, therapeutic referrals, consulting services, and advocacy with congregations and church councils.
For a confidential conversation, please call Pastoral Care Services at 773-442-6584.
We are pleased to help resource our pastors in fulfilling their call to lead our churches and ministries in kingdom endeavors. Pastoral excellence involves holistic Christ-centered development, lifelong vocational and Biblical formation, and regular occasions of renewal and re-visioning that sustain healthy enduring ministry. We facilitate learning and growth in pastoral character, competency, and constancy. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence grants are available to Covenant pastors, missionaries, and chaplains who satisfy the SPE-eligibility requirements and follow the process outlined for application. We encourage you to read the requirements and process information before submitting an application.
Focuses on the internal formation of the pastor, specifically through the ministry of spiritual direction.
Focuses on growth in the core pastoral arts of teaching, preaching, leading, and caring.
Emphasizes renewal opportunities through personal retreats or the Covenant’s revisioning retreats.
The Thriving in Ministry work focuses on pastoral resiliency. It is our purpose to provide an alternative for our pastors, missionaries, and chaplains to isolation and stagnation which are the enemy of thriving and resiliency. Pastoral resiliency is critical to achieving the mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church: To see more disciples among more populations in a more caring and just world.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Thriving in Ministry is working in partnership with our conferences and associations to develop cohorts and initiatives to help address these challenges through three crucial aspects:
+ strategic content to combat stagnation,
+gathering in cohorts to address isolation
+ leveraging coaching to solidify application and maintain collegial connection.
The foundation of spiritual health and spiritual practices will be strengthened and instructed each time the cohorts gather.
The Evangelical Covenant Church affirms the call to ministry for everyone. We have ordained and fully credentialed women since 1976, and we seek to be a diverse and welcoming church that affirms the calling and gifts of the entire body of Christ. The following help us to live out this affirmation.
is a subset of the Covenant Ministerium that works to help women clergy fully live into their calls.
seeks to move the Covenant to a place where we recognize, mentor, and celebrate called and gifted women in our midst.
exists within the church as a voice and advocate for continued progress in this story. The commission educates people in biblical gender equality; advocates for justice in the structure of the church regarding gender; equips the church to articulate the truth about biblical gender equality; and advocates for the modeling of women in ministry and leadership in all possible venues within the church.
integrates intentional pathways and resources for all women to flourish in every season of life, ministry context, and personal call.
is an initiative of the Covenant Ministerium committed to fully elevating and empowering women in leadership for the benefit of the whole body of Christ, through authorizing women leaders, advocating alongside survivors of abuse/harassment, and advancing women of color.
Covenant Orientation satisfies the orientation requirement for credentialing in the Evangelical Covenant Church set by the Board of the Ordered Ministry. It is simply one step, often the largest step, in the greater credentialing process. To receive a license application or more information regarding credentialing, contact
your regional conference office.
ECC Conference: Central
Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes
C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary
Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius