The Evangelical Covenant Church is a denomination of more than eight hundred churches in the United States and Canada. It was founded by Swedish immigrants in 1885 as a voluntary covenant of churches committed to working together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Covenant churches emphasize the Bible’s witness to new life in Jesus Christ expressed in a day to day walk with the Lord.
The Covenant Church is characterized by “freedom in Christ.” This freedom is embodied by a joy we feel as we discover more of God’s grace — his acceptance of us as His sons and daughters — based upon the saving work of Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection, and not upon any particular merit or accomplishment of our own.
This freedom is also expressed as we grant each other room to disagree on “non-essentials” of the faith even as we agree on the “essentials” of the faith. It is our view that non-essentials include issues such as mode of Baptism, a particular position (i.e. premillenialism, postmillenialism, etc.) regarding the Second Coming, and varieties of social issues of the day that are not clearly articulated by the Scriptures.
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Our Essential Beliefs Are:
1. That salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, and that we receive that salvation by placing faith in Jesus Christ, through whom we receive forgiveness of sin, and access into the new life that is found in following Him.
2. That we receive the very presence of God into our lives when we receive Jesus Christ, and that this presence is God’s Holy Spirit, who gives ministry gifts to all Christians, and transforms us so that we exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit as indicated in Galatians 5:22-23.
3. That the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. Early Covenanters challenged each other in their Bible study meetings with the question, “Where is it written?” The Bible is at the core of our preaching, teaching, and practice as followers of Jesus.
4. That the good news of Jesus Christ is equally available to all people, regardless of race, gender, or place in life. We believe that God has equally gifted and equally called both men and women to serve Him, and we are part of a denomination that welcomes both men and women into ordained ministry. The Evangelical Covenant Church is culturally and racially diverse.
5. That we are called to be a “missionary people,” meaning that we endeavor to share the saving news of Jesus Christ by both word and deed with all those who have not yet received him. We are committed to service, evangelism, church planting, and to world mission. We believe that “God wants lost people found and hurting people helped” and we see this as a primary task for the church as we endeavor to play a significant role in fulfilling our Lord’s vision.