With roots in the Protestant Reformation, the Evangelical Covenant is a growing denomination that adheres to the central affirmations of basic Christianity.
Four core values characterize the life and thought of Covenant churches:
- The Bible as God's perfect standard for what we as Christians believe and how we live.
- Faith in Jesus Christ as the way of establishing a personal relationship with God.
- The Church as a diverse community finding its unity in Christ.
- The Holy Spirit as a guide and helper for Christians to follow Jesus.
What makes Covenant churches unique is that while we take the Bible and God seriously, we allow Christians the freedom to hold varying positions on issues that are not clearly presented in the Bible. For this reason, people from many backgrounds find a welcome home in Covenant Churches.
The Evangelical Covenant Church is a denomination of more than six 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.
What is a Covenant Church?
- Evangelical, but not exclusive
- Biblical, but not doctrinaire
- Traditional, but not rigid
- Congregational, but not independent
The Covenant Mission
We are united by Christ in a holy covenant of churches empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the Great Commandments and the Great Commission:
- ...to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind;
- ...to love our neighbor as ourselves, and
- ...to go into all the world and make disciples.
The unique character of the Covenant is expressed in the design of the Covenant logo-people united in Christ, people serving people in God's name, and people bringing people to Christ.
The basis of the design is symbolic of four people facing north, south, east, and west. Note that each one's arms are outstretched, indicating the church's outreach in mission and service to the world. The four are part of the whole, yet their hands do not touch, symbolizing their unity in the freedom and evangelical warmth that characterizes the Covenant.
The geometric arrangement of the four figures results in a cross like pattern, representative of the center of our faith.
The center circle symbolizes the unity and the bond of fellowship which we call "the Covenant.".