Organization

How is the Evangelical Covenant Church Organized?

Every denomination has some way of organizing itself in order to work together. We organize around our local churches as our main center of ministry and service. People from those churches gather for an annual meeting and make major decisions together. An executive board is elected by the delegates to the annual meeting to provide oversight. Other groups are formed to focus on specific aspects of ministry.

Here is a brief, but more detailed overview of the offices, meetings, and groups that help us discover and follow God’s mission.

Local Churches

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Local Churches

The Evangelical Covenant Church is a “Church of churches.” Member congregations carry out mission and ministry in their local context. Churches call their own pastors, own their own property, set their own budgets, and design their own ministry approach. Congregations pledge mutually to support the principles, policies, programs, and institutions of the Covenant. This includes regular financial support of the denomination, its regional conferences, and affiliated institutions.

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Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting

Just as a local congregation has its membership through individual people, membership in the the Covenant is comprised of individual congregations as the constituent element. Each year in June these congregations gather for our Annual Meeting. Every congregation is entitled to send delegates. The Annual Meeting is the highest constituted authority in the Covenant.

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Executive Board

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Executive Board

The Executive Board acts on behalf of the Annual Meeting between Annual Meetings. It is elected by delegates and provides oversight on a number of matters related to direction, policy, and financial responsibility.

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Associations

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Associations

Associations are voluntary groups of individuals, congregations, and ministries united for the purpose of fellowship, encouragement, and the advancement of a specific mission.

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Additional Boards

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Additional Boards

The Annual Meeting elects representative leadership to several other oversight boards dealing with particular areas of ministry focus.

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Regional Conferences

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Regional Conferences

Regional conferences are geographical groupings of congregations that further mission to that area and its member churches. Each regional conference has its own additional board structure.

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