2014 Pastoral Compensation Report Now Available

CHICAGO, IL (July 17, 2014) — The 2014 edition of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) Pastoral Compensation Report is now available on the Covenant website, offering a wide range of resources and guidelines for use by local Covenant churches in establishing compensation levels for pastoral staff. Continue Reading »

Discovery under Kitchen Flooring Recounts Martyrdom

By Stan Friedman

SEATTLE, WA (July 17, 2014) — For the past two years, Greg Asimakoupoulos had been getting his parents’ home ready to sell. He had started in the attic, where many of their papers were stored. Continue Reading »

Funny How Things Happen: Viral Parody Videos Make Farming Brothers International Sensation

By Stan Friedman

ASSARIA, KS (July 16, 2014) — The Peterson Brothers were just a trio of farm boys from this small town in Kansas when they made their first parody video, “I’m a Farmer, and I Grow It,” based on the hit single “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” That was in 2012, and they produced it on a whim to entertain family and friends. Continue Reading »

Free Tutorial on Domestic Violence Awareness Now Online

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (July 15, 2014) — A pop quiz:

1. How many teen girls/teen boys admit to experiencing physical violence in a dating relationship in the past year? Continue Reading »

Covenant Ministries Consider Responses to ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

By Stan Friedman

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 15, 2014) — Several San Diego Covenant churches are working with a local nonprofit to provide personal care items for hundreds of mothers and children who had been flown into the area from Texas by the U.S. Border Patrol. Continue Reading »

Covenant Minister, Musician Teaches Songwriting to Inmates

ROCHESTER, MN (July 14, 2014) — The unique songwriting ministry offered to inmates at a local detention center by Covenant minister Sarah Monson was the subject of a feature in the Post-Bulletin this weekend. Continue Reading »

Vista Sisters’ Local Jam Benefits Worldwide Missions

By Stan Friedman

NEW RICHLAND, MN (July 11, 2014) — When the Vista Sisters brought their jellies, syrups, and pies to sell at the farmer’s market in Bloomington, Minnesota, people weren’t sure what to make of them. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Dead Cartoon Mothers, the Incredible Enneagram, Reporting Chicago Homicides

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (July 11, 2014) — Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

ECCSS Leader: Change in Government Structure Needed for Peace

By Stan Friedman

KAMPALA, UGANDA (July 9, 2014) — Abraham Tuach Kiir, president of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan, recently was featured prominently in an article by the Sudan Tribune that focused on the possibilities of restructuring the government in South Sudan. Continue Reading »

Annual Meeting Frequency to Be Studied

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (July 9, 2014) — The Covenant Executive Board will study over the coming year whether the Annual Meeting should be held less frequently. Continue Reading »