Intimacy with God – empowered by the indwelling of God
Evangelism and Compassion – empowered by the purposes of God
Compelling Christian Community – empowered by the family of God
A Brief History of the ECC
We are a Reformation Church.
We emerged from the Lutheran Church of Sweden – but today are becoming as ethnically diverse as North America.
We are more a “New Life In Christ” movement . Rather than reacting to doctrinal error, we were impacted by two revivals that led us to 4 key commitments.
The first two relate to the First Revival – that called people to Personal faith in Christ and Personal study of God’s Word.
The second two relate to Second Revival – that called people to evangelism and community (Covenant groups).
These are the “4 Engines that Power our Vitality” down to this very day.
The Necessity of the New Birth
The Bible as the Perfect Word of God
A Membership of Committed Believers
The Necessity of the Holy Spirit in living the Christian Life.
Freedom in Christ– “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, diversity; in all things, charity” I am a companion of all who fear You. Ps 119:63
Committed to the Whole Mission of the Church: we have always been “Mission Friends”
Church Growth, Evangelism, Prayer are a commitment at the highest level. Over a quarter of the mission giving of our churches to the ECC goes for Church Planting & other ministries of Evangelism, Planting, Prayer…
Covenant Church Planting Conversions Per 100 Attenders This graphic illustrates the results of repeated studies, which bear out the fact that church planting remains a highly effective means of evangelism today. Lyle Schaller, one of the most respected analysts of church life states that “church planting is the closest thing to a guaranteed method of outreach.” http://www.churchesplantingchurches.org/ 2003 GLC 18 30 2004-6 ea yr GLC The US and Canada are the world’s 3rd largest mission field. We provide legal and technical services so churches can build mission outposts.
The ECC has averaged over 20 new churches per year since 1995
The % of Covenant attendance in new churches (0-10 yrs old) is over 30% on any given Sunday and increasing.
For other groups, it’s 5.1%
The Survival Rate of our church plants is 90%
For other groups, it’s 50 – 75%
The Ave attendance of our new churches is 238
For other groups, it’s 91
Church Plants in the GLC in the last 5 years + 3 adoptions = 1400 new attenders!
C3, Novi, MI
Life Covenant, Canton, MI
Citadel of Faith, Detroit, MI
Artisan, Rochester, NY
Designers, Nashville, TN
Esperanza, Grand Rapids, MI
LifeChurch, Grand Rapids, MI
Connexions, Dexter, MI
Renovate, Muskegon, MI
4 Rivers, Paducah, KY
LifeChurch.tv, Hendersonville, TN
Covenant World Mission The ECC formed in 1885 to send out missionaries to China and Russia – we’re still sending our missionaries to impact the world for Christ.
100+ career & short-term missionaries on 26+ fields. Nearly half of the money sent to the ECC by our churches went for World Mission .
300,000+ attending ECC churches overseas – and growing!
From the very beginning:
David Nyvall wrote of the beginnings of the Covenant: “This Covenant is not a church organization in the ordinary sense, but a mission society having churches as its members. These churches have consolidated because of the missionary spirit which allow them to be involved in missionary enterprises too large for any single church to undertake.”
This is Mission Partnership.
This is the Covenant.
To God be the glory!
Christ for the Nations
Colombia – 1968
Congo – 1937
Czech Republic – 1999
Ecuador – 1947
France – 1996
Fulani (African – nomadic people) – 1994
Germany – 1991
Japan – 1949
Laos – 1991
Mexico – 1946
Russia – 1993
Spain – 1996
Taiwan – 1952
Thailand – 1971
Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Burkina Faso. Equitorial Guinea, Central African Republic
South & Central America: Argentina, Chili and El Salvador
And parterships in Czech Republic, India, Philippines
ECC across the Continent GLC mission: “Every church a strategic mission outpost on a shared & expanding mission field.” GLC vision: By 2020, to multiply to 100 Mission, Christ-magnifying congregations in an increasing Mosaic of Communities.
A Growing Covenant of Churches
Attendance: 1993 2006
# Churches: 630 780
New Churches per yr:
’95 ’96 ’97 ’98 ’99 ’00 ’01 ’02 ‘03 ‘04
27 13 19 33 24 15 18 16 21 29
Impacting More Lives
The Covenant has grown steadily
for 14 consecutive years.
Attendance: Existing/New Churches
E thnic Dynamic – ECC now 3 rd most ethnically diverse denomination in US
Unity in Diversity “We want the face of the Covenant to reflect the face of North America & the face of the kingdom” Glenn Palmberg, President of the ECC “ We want Covenant Churches to grow in two directions: deeper in Christ & further in mission.” Gary Walter – Director of Church Growth