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Executive Board Actions Taken in Lieu of the ECC Annual Meeting

CHICAGO (July 17, 2020)—The Covenant Executive Board announces decisions and actions made due to the cancellation of our Annual Meeting this year. These actions are according to provisions made by the constitution and bylaws of the Evangelical Covenant Church to carry out actions on essential business until decisions can be ratified at next year’s Annual…

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Evangelical Covenant Church Staffing Transitions

CHICAGO (July 3, 2020) — In recent months, the social and economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the Evangelical Covenant Church—from our local churches and camps to our conferences and affiliate ministries to Covenant Offices in Chicago. As the Covenant conducted long-range planning for the 2021 fiscal year, we recognized we would experience…

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Update on Christian Academy in Japan Investigation

CHICAGO (June 10, 2020) — In 2019, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) partnered with other mission organizations to co-sponsor an independent investigation into allegations of abuse against minors at the Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ). The investigation continues despite delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. CAJ is a school for missionary children that is not…

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Covenant Financial Relief Initiative Announced

CHICAGO (April 16, 2020) – President John Wenrich announced yesterday the launch of the Covenant COVID-19 Financial Relief Initiative. The four-pronged initiative will provide: Short-term loans to local churches, conferences, and camps Global relief grants to ministry partners around the world Missional relief grants to churches so they can help care for their communities The…

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FAQ on Annual Meeting Cancellation Posted

CHICAGO (April 15, 2020) – Insurmountable logistical issues, financial considerations, and the need for congregations to focus on local ministry amid the current pandemic led the Covenant Executive Board to cancel the denomination’s Annual Meeting rather than postpone or hold a virtual gathering, according to a statement released yesterday. The board’s unanimous decision was announced…

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2020 Annual Meeting Canceled

Dear Covenant Family, “We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” —1 Thessalonians 1:1 These words from the Apostle Paul…

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A Call to Practice Solidarity

“After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.” —Revelation 7:9 As a multiethnic denomination, we seek for the Evangelical Covenant Church…

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ECC Staff Continue to Serve and Resource the Church Remotely

CHICAGO, IL (March 19, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Covenant Offices staff will work remotely at least until March 31, with some essential functions continuing at the office. National Covenant Properties (NCP) announced that they will respond to all voicemails left at (800) 366-6273 as well as emails during regular business hours…

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Wenrich: Ongoing Decisions About Gather

Dear Covenant Family, I understand we are all living in a trying, anxious, and unprecedented time. As Christians we are called not to “have a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:17). Yet I understand that all of us likely have many questions and concerns about…

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Wenrich: Crisis a Time for Faith, Wisdom, and Compassion

Dear Covenant friends, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we continue to live into our call as sisters and brothers…

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Gather 2020 Website Now Online

CHICAGO, IL (March 4, 2020) – The website for Gather 2020 is now online. the Covenant’s Annual Meeting, which will be held June 25-27 at the Arizona Grand hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. Early registration will open mid-March and run through April 30. The Annual Meeting is the highest legislative session in the ECC. Delegates from…

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