In it together conf. AM 2010


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In it together conf. AM 2010

  1. 1. “ In It Together” 2010 Covenant Mission and Ministry Partnership
  2. 2. The E ssential Covenant The Covenant has 819 churches in 44 states and 5 provinces.
  3. 3. In It T ogether <ul><li>“ We are missional pietiests, in it together to see more disciples among more populations in a more caring and just world.” </li></ul><ul><li>Gary Walter </li></ul>
  4. 4. In It Together… Growing in Christ <ul><li>Are we developing disciples of such depth and radical obedience that they are able to engage the current cultures, and address the profound brokenness we see around us? </li></ul><ul><li>Is our interior life of faith sufficient to sustain our focus on compassion , mercy and justice ? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Disciple-forming Churches Take a Simple Approach <ul><li>“… but GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” </li></ul><ul><li>Create regular opportunities for making </li></ul><ul><li>commitments . </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate an environment of grace </li></ul><ul><li>in which people are encouraged to </li></ul><ul><li>tell stories of God’s transforming work. </li></ul><ul><li>Lead by example . </li></ul><ul><li>It’s through transformed people </li></ul><ul><li>that God transforms the world. </li></ul>
  6. 6. New Resources for Transformative Ministry <ul><ul><li>Crecer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nueva Vida </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>en Cristo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Birth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn more at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GROW </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Resourcing One Another Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and join others for a FREE hour-long dialogue on various ministry topics.
  8. 8. <ul><li>C.H.I.C . (Covenant High in Christ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrated significant movement of the Spirit among our youth and youth leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 5200 students and leaders attended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students raised $109,300 for Covenant World Relief projects in Thailand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check out for more details </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Begin planning now for C . H . I . C . 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>July 15-20 – Knoxville, TN </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Another Spiritual Life Event for the whole family! <ul><li>June 25-28, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>A spiritual life experience for the whole inter-generational, multi-ethnic Covenant family </li></ul><ul><li>YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO </li></ul>
  10. 10. In It Together … and growing <ul><li>The Covenant has grown steadily for 18 consecutive years. </li></ul>176,005 94,301
  11. 11. There are currently 66 church plants in development… In It Together … church planting
  12. 12. <ul><li>… and it is expected that 22 new and adopted churched will be received as member churches at the 125th Annual Meeting this coming summer. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Regional Conferences and The Department of Church Growth & Evangelism are partnering together to encourage all Covenant Churches to become healthy and missional. In It Together… congregational vitality
  14. 14. Veritas, EPIC, PULSE and Navigate are resources available to each congregation to move toward greater vitality.
  15. 15. In It Together… evangelism whats your one step .com helps Covenant churches and their members provide prayer, care and share for people in their network who do not yet know Jesus Christ. for more info, visit whats your one step .com
  16. 16. One Step Closer Seminar at CHET, Bell Gardens CA 2009 In It Together… one step closer
  17. 17. In It T ogether… Raising Up New Leaders <ul><li>There are currently 2230 credentialed Covenant clergy. </li></ul><ul><li>68 people were ordained, commissioned, or consecrated at the 2009 Annual Meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>112 ministerial </li></ul><ul><li>licenses were granted. </li></ul>
  18. 18. W omen in Ministry <ul><li>Credentialed female pastors </li></ul>
  19. 19. In It T ogether… Supporting the S ervants of our Church <ul><li>Between 2005 and 2009, a total of 965 </li></ul><ul><li>individuals found resources for strengthening their ministries and relationships with Christ through Sustaining Pastoral Excellence . </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am deeply grateful for this opportunity. I am proud to be part of a denomination that wants to help their pastors make it in ministry long-term. I feel loved and supported.” (Sean Blomquist, pastor in California and SPE grant recipient) </li></ul>
  20. 20. In It Together With Christ’s Love For Those At R isk.
  21. 21. <ul><li>CWR loves , serves , and works together with the poor, the powerless and the marginalized in over 20 countries . </li></ul><ul><li>In the past year, you have given more than $1 Million to support CWR grants and projects. </li></ul> C ovenant W orld R elief
  22. 22. H aiti E arthquake R esponse $1 Million Over $1 Million donated for relief, rehabilitation and long-term transformational development in Haiti.
  24. 24. Further in Mission … addressing injustice <ul><li>Donations now exceed $400,000! THANK YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>2010 donations will help launch “New Day for Children”, an aftercare facility for freed sex slaves in California. </li></ul><ul><li>To learn how to engage modern-day slavery, go to: </li></ul>
  25. 25. Ministries of B enevolence <ul><li>Approximate free care provided by: </li></ul><ul><li>Swedish Covenant Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Emanuel Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>Covenant Retirement Communities </li></ul><ul><li>$33,000,000 </li></ul>
  26. 26. Reflecting the wonderful diversity of Christ’s Kingdom, 25% of all ECC congregations are now ethnic or multi-ethnic In It Together… and growing
  27. 27. Moving Forward in Racial R ighteousness <ul><li>Sankofa Journey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A cross-racial journey toward understanding past injustices and present realities, while envisioning hope for the future. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The next journey – Fall 2010 . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invitation to Racial Righteousness (I2RR) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An engagement in multiethnic relationships for the local church; …confession, healing and love. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Journey to Mosaic (J2M) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A regional multiethnic experience incorporating the stories and experiences specific to a geographic area ( check with your local conference office ). </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. E thnicity of the ECC Number of all Ethnic and Multiethnic Churches
  29. 29. In It Together… for A LL of God’s world! Covenant missionary Jim Gustafson baptizes new believers in southern Thailand. Jim Gustafson (left)
  30. 30. M ission Regions Covenant missionaries serve in 25 countries, with additional international ministry partners in another 13 countries, for a mission presence in 38 countries. Africa Asia Latin America Europe
  31. 31. M ission to the World <ul><li>Two couples will be presented to the 2010 Covenant Annual Meeting for consecration as long–term missionaries. </li></ul>Peter and Anna Kim Nils and Erika Clauson
  32. 32. <ul><li>14 short-term missionaries will be commissioned at the 2010 Covenant Annual Meeting. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>The first Covenant missionaries to India were sent in the Fall of 2009. They are serving alongside our ministry partners there. </li></ul>One of our ministry partners offers non-formal education to these children who pick through the trash in the local dump.
  34. 34. <ul><li>Covenant missionaries are returning to live and serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010. Our first missionaries to Congo were sent in 1937. </li></ul>
  35. 35. North Park Theological S eminary
  36. 36. North Park U niversity Covenant International S cholars
  37. 37. <ul><li>The new Covenant website will debut this Fall and feature a brand new look, simplified navigation, and a variety of user-friendly features including a revamped resources library, expanded search functions, and better interactivity. </li></ul><ul><li>All worship services and morning devotionals at the 125 th Annual Meeting will be broadcast live from the Covenant website, June 24-27. </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know that individuals and churches can order a wide range of free resources at </li></ul>Department of C ommunication
  38. 38. We want you to be in the know… <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Who do you call when you don’t know who to call? </li></ul><ul><li>The Covenant Resource Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>800.338.IDEA (4332) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>instant chat feature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consultation. Research. Customer-service . </li></ul>
  39. 39. In 2009, National Covenant Properties advanced $21,000,000 to help fund 50 church projects.
  40. 44. In It Together… taking God’s Heart into our World <ul><li>More disciples among more populations in a more caring and just world ... </li></ul>