Make & Deepen

We foster discipleship through resources, events, and generational ministries.

A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, is transformed by Jesus, and is on mission with Jesus. The Evangelical Covenant Church aims to mobilize a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages.

Our Generational Ministries


A child who encounters formational resources to learn about Jesus at an early age is more likely to be a lifelong disciple. Because this age is so critical, we equip churches with discipleship materials for children that is focused on worship, Scripture, creation care, justice, evangelism, and more.

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The next generation is not like the previous one. To reach new generations of disciples, we help local churches by creating resources and events specifically designed for young people, with materials and experiences that inspire and equip youth leaders.

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Young Adults

There are a number of Covenant programs and experiences aimed at nurturing the faith and character of Christian disciples. These include Alaska Christian College, Acts 29, Solid Rock Discipleship, and CRUX at North Park University.

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Boomers & Beyond

Crescendo focuses on unleashing the missional potential of boomers and beyond. Coaches and resource specialists engage leaders in planning ministries targeting these age groups.

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How We Support Discipleship

We want to see every church equipped with an intentional discipleship pathway and every church member flourishing as a disciple who makes disciples.


We support evangelism in the local church primarily through BLESS, a holistic approach to disciple making that is comprised of five missional practices: Begin with Prayer, Listen with Care, Eat Together, Serve in Love, and Share the Story.

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Spiritual Formation

We support spiritual formation in the local church, seeing individuals and communities grow into the likeness of Christ for God’s glory and neighbors’ good.

Bible Engagement

As People of the Book, we equip disciples to read, study, and understand the Bible through Immerse: The Reading Bible, a six-volume, specially formatted Bible created with one goal in mind: to provide an accessible and engaging opportunity to study the Bible.

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Covenant Identity

We help people understand the Covenant and enter into membership in our shared mission through a curriculum called The Meaning of Membership: Deeper in Christ. Further in Mission. Together.

Women's Discipleship

We foster a women’s discipleship experience through a cohort model centered on a 10-session small group study called Designed.

Antiracism Discipleship

In partnership with Love Mercy Do Justice, we promote antiracism through discipleship-based resources such as Antiracist Discipleship: Follow Jesus, Dismantle Racism, and Build Beloved Community.  More antiracism discipleship resources for churches are coming soon.

Human Sexuality Discipleship

We aim to promote and provide a healthy dialogue around sexual discipleship. Through our Embrace ministry, learn more about a variety of topics related to faith, gender, and sexuality.

Embrace Resource Suite >>

Embrace Webinars >>


A curriculum designed to explore what it means to become a member of an Evangelical Covenant Church.

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A suite of resources designed as an intentional pathway to equip every Covenanter to make more disciples through a new approach to prayer and evangelism.

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Spiritual direction is a ministry of listening, discernment, and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion. Through this ministry one discerns the presence and work of God’s Spirit with a companion who sets aside the concerns of their own life to attend to the experience of God in the life of another.

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A six-volume, specially-formatted Bible created with one goal in mind: to provide the best Bible reading experience possible.

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A printable and video curriculum for kids that explores the theology and practical application of the justice journey for both the church and home.

Available in English and Spanish.

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Learn how you can bring BLESS to your congregation on BLESS Sunday, April 16, 2023.

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Join Erik Cave (Interim Youth Ministry Leadership Team) as he hosts a 30-minute primer along with our friends from InterVarsity for high school seniors, parents, and youth leaders to help them start preparing for the all-important transition into college. 

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Webinars that facilitate healthy dialogue and continued learning around a variety of topics related to our faith, gender, and sexuality.

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Our Stories

Christ-Shaped Solidarity

Covenant pastor Jesse Slimak reviews Michelle Sanchez’s new book, Color-Courageous Discipleship: Follow Jesus, Dismantle Racism, and Build Beloved Community.

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Youth Ministry Update

In this season of transition, youth ministry remains a priority for Make and Deepen Disciples. We are excited to share updates on the new Covenant Interim Youth Ministry Leadership Team, the upcoming Next Gen Conference, and the status of new hiring.

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How can we help you and your church grow in Christ?

Spiritual Formation

Week of Prayer

For more than 60 years, the Covenant has provided materials for a week of prayer during the month of January. A full collection of week-long prayer guides, is available, with a new guide added every year.

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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is —a ministry of listening, discernment, and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion.

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Covenant Identity

The purpose of The Meaning of Membership curriculum is to explore what it means to become a member of an Evangelical Covenant Church. In the Covenant, 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.

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 Covenant’s refreshed and fully updated membership curriculum resource from Make & 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

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Women’s Discipleship

The Designed Study guide is centered around a framework to draw near to God, grow in Christ, and partner with the Holy Spirit in intentional ways to make disciples who make disciples.

Get Started with Designed >>

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


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

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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