CovChurch NOW - A monthly update from the Evangelical Covenant Church
Join us for the May edition of CovChurch Now as Evangelical Covenant Church President John Wenrich describes our initiative for planting 500 Covenant churches in the next decade. Church planting is integral to the expansion of the multiethnic mosaic, to advancing women in leadership and to bringing people into relationships with Jesus. We’ve planted nearly 60 churches since 2017. With the vision of pastors like David Washington, on Chicago’s South Side, the movement continues to grow!
Join us June 27-29 in Omaha, Nebraska, as we focus on the Holy Spirit as the Blazing Center of our mission. Register Today
We are committed to advancing our mission by fostering the flourishing of women. During the month of March we recognize and celebrate Women's History Month.
We are committed to advancing our mission through the multiethnic mosaic of churches. A multiethnic community is central to Jesus’s kingdom vision, and it is pivotal to who we are as the Evangelical Covenant Church. We are not a denomination with multiethnic ministries. We are a multiethnic denomination. Listen as ECC President John Wenrich explains what this means for us as Covenanters and introduces a critical 6th “P” to what has now become the Six-Fold Test.
To hear more about our growing vision for the Evangelical Covenant Church, join us at Midwinter, January 21-25. And if you can't make it to Denver, you can still join us via livestream at midwinter.covchurch.org.Visit Midwinter 2019 ▸
As we prepare and wait for the celebration of Christ’s birth, we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah: “A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (40:3). This text reminds us that we have a calling—there is work to be done to make a way for the Lord in the places of brokenness.
In this season, we offer a gift to the ECC community. Bearing the Wait: An Advent Companion is a daily devotional guide compiled from the pages of the Covenant Companion. These meditations on the hope and good news of “the Word made flesh” are our gift to you.Download Your Advent Devotional ▸
What a joy it is to love and serve the Lord together! I’m praying for all of you that this Thanksgiving you will be filled with gratitude for God’s faithfulness and that you’ll experience his joy in this season.
As we reflect on all that God has given us, let’s remember our call to be people of hope and generosity by helping those in need. Please watch the video above for how you can help us respond to the refugee crisis by giving back on Giving Tuesday.Join us in Responding to the Refugee Crisis ▸
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is estimated that one in three females and one in six males are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, or harassment. The sins of domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse and harassment break God’s heart. Watch this video to hear ECC president John Wenrich’s message to the church on this sensitive topic.View the Resolution on Domestic Violence ▸
This month marks the start of John Wenrich's role as the new president of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Watch his message above to hear more about his vision and commitment to continue building on the kingdom momentum that we’ve been blessed with as a movement.View the Covenant Offices Leadership Team ▸
Last month at CHIC, students learned about the global refugee crisis that has left more than 68 million people displaced from their homes. Students gave $50,000 to the Project Unite offering at CHIC. Now we are asking Covenant churches and individuals to match the CHIC offering so that we can increase our work with refugees around the world.Support our work with Refugees ▸
July 2018Visit the CHIC Conference site ▸
Join us June 21st-23rd in Minneapolis at Gather 2018. We will come together as a church family to worship, fellowship, and participate in the important work of the ECC’s highest constituted authority–our Covenant Annual Meeting. We will welcome new churches; ordain, commission, and consecrate ministers and missionaries; and together make decisions about our shared mission and ministry.Learn more about Gather 2018 ▸
The Global 6K is a wonderful discipleship, outreach, and community-building event that has a profound impact. As a Covenant church, your race will benefit the Covenant Kids Congo program, blessing children and families in Gemena, DR Congo with the beautiful gift of clean water. Register at TeamWorldVision.org/ckc6k or visit our resources page at CovChurch.org/6k/.Learn more about the CKC Global 6k for Water ▸
Watch the video above to learn more about MissionInsite, a new resource for local congregations. Sign up now to receive your free activation code.Register for MissionInsite ▸
To honor Gary and Nancy Walter for their sacrificial service to the ECC, we're inviting the Covenant community to submit letters of appreciation that will be compiled into a special book and presented to the Walters at the Covenant Annual Meeting. Anyone who has been touched by Gary's ministry is invited to participate. All letters must be received by March 30. Photos are also welcome, especially if you have a photo of yourself with Gary and/or Nancy. Please go to covchurch.org/thanksgary to submit your letter and photo online or send an email and photo attachment to: email@example.com. Letters and photos can also be snail mailed to: Gary Letters, 8303 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631.Submit a Letter of Appreciation for Gary ▸
In 2018 we encourage your church to host a BLESS Sunday on or before March 18! BLESS equips us to engage in five simple missional practices to effectively reach those in our lives who are far from God. Order your free bulletin inserts at CovChurch.org/BLESS.Order Your Free BLESS Bulletin Inserts ▸
Christmas greetings, friends. Please watch the video above to be reminded that, indeed, Jesus is Immanuel – God with us – regardless of whether we are in a season of angelic announcements at conception or smelly barns during delivery.
December also reminds us that the calendar year is drawing to a close, and so I want to thank you deeply for your support for this partnership. Across the United States and Canada, and in more than 40 additional countries, this pretty obscure fellowship has sought to follow the heart of God into the world. Not only has God worked through your congregation, God has used your congregation’s partnership with your regional conference and the Covenant as a whole.
So let’s stay 3StrandStrong: congregation, conference, Covenant. Pray. Engage. Serve. And if possible, a special year end gift will make a real difference to make sure we are able to fund all of our commitments for this year and be poised for a strong start to the next. Remember your congregation and conference in your generosity as well.Make a year-end gift ▸
This holiday season we invite you to join us in declaring that no matter what is going on in the world, we care. In this year's Covenant Cares giving guide, you will find gifts that showcase ministries from each of our five mission priorities.
On This GivingTuesday, November 28th, we are highlighting one of the many CovCares gifts. This summer thousands of high-school students will gather at CHIC to unite in Christ. Our dream is that every student could be there! But not every church has the resources to get to CHIC. Let’s unite on GivingTuesday to help all students experience God in a new way at this special Covenant event. Invest in a Future Leader through CHIC today.Visit CovCares ▸
Watch this video greeting above from our Executive Director of Finance Paul Hawkinson as you prepare to think through your mission support for next year with both the ECC and your regional conference. We never have and we never will believe that the ministry of your congregation, your conference, and your Covenant is easy. We need each other now more than ever, just as the world needs Christ as much as ever. That’s what 3StrandStrong is all about: Congregation, Conference, Covenant interwoven in support of one another for faithful and fruitful ministry.Visit 3StrandStrong.org ▸
Love Mercy Do Justice works in coordination with Covenant World Relief, regional conferences and local congregations who have partnerships with organizations on the ground in affected areas, to respond immediately to those in need during sudden onset disaster.Support Domestic Disaster Response ▸
Every three years more than 5,000 students from across The Evangelical Covenant Church come together in one place to glimpse how they fit into the bigger picture of God’s kingdom. At CHIC, a Make and Deepen Disciples event, lives are changed as students are inspired to dive deeper in their faith together. CHIC 2018 will take place July 15-20 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.View the CHIC 2018 Website ▸
Gather 2017 is over, but you can watch highlights from this year’s event here. It was an inspiring time together in Detroit as we celebrated all that God is doing through this partnership of 850 congregations, 11 regional conferences, and the Covenant as a whole. We are impacting more lives in more ways in more places than at any point in our history. You can download the Annual Meeting Delegate Summary. And every moment is available on video at Gather.CovChurch.org.View the Gather'17 Archives ▸
The Covenant Communications team will be covering Gather ’17 and the Annual Meeting in a variety of ways, including daily reports from the Covenant Newswire, regular updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and a video live-stream of the meetings and worship services. Visit Gather.CovChurch.org for more information.
Also, the summer issue of the Covenant Companion will be arriving in mailboxes soon. This special edition of the magazine features the 2016-17 Covenant Annual Report, as well as stories from all the ECC ministries and mission priorities. Copies will be available to all Gather attendees, but you can also subscribe at CovenantCompanion.com.Visit the Gather'17 Website ▸
The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) has received a $1,000,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to address the financial and economic struggles that can affect pastors’ ability to lead congregations effectively.
The Financial Leadership initiative is committed to help sow seeds for ministerial excellence by 1) providing assistance for credentialed Covenant ministers to overcome long-term financial distress; and 2) equipping and empowering Covenant clergy to continue to grow in their ability to nurture environments for generosity and mission impact.
This initiative is a cooperative venture between ECC Finance, Develop Leaders, National Covenant Properties, and Covenant Trust CompanyLearn More about Financial Leadership ▸
The Covenant as a whole will be gathering in Detroit June 22 – 24 for our 132nd Annual Meeting and related events. Make plans to attend both your conference and Covenant gatherings. It is about much more than the important business that takes place. Make new friends and strengthen old bonds, celebrate what God is doing, and be inspired by meaningful worship and learning opportunities.Learn More about Gather ▸
In the book of Judges, God raised up Deborah to lead the people as a trusted judge, prophet, and military leader. Through Project Deborah we seek to move the Covenant to a place where we recognize, mentor, and celebrate called and gifted women in our midst. Will you stand with these women to disciple them and lift them up in ministry?Learn More about Project Deborah ▸
Make and Deepen Disciples is launching a new intentional evangelism initiative called BLESS, which focuses on five missional practices we can use to naturally introduce people to Jesus: Begin with prayer, Listen with care, Eat together, Serve in love, and Share your story. Prayer and Evangelism Sunday is March 19!Learn More about BLESS ▸