‘Not Good Church Material’ Is Christ’s Material

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 31, 2012) – The lives of people considered “not good church material” can be transformed if the church will build bridges across troubled waters to reach whosoever, wheresoever, howsoever and whensoever, Bishop Vashti McKenzie told the gathering at the opening worship service of the Midwinter Conference Monday night. Continue Reading »

‘Living Faith’ eBook Now Available

CHICAGO, IL (January 30, 2012) – A digital version of Living Faith: Reflections on Covenant Affirmations is now available through, the official online bookstore of the Evangelical Covenant Church, it was announced today. Continue Reading »

New Director of Center for Youth Ministry Studies

CHICAGO (January 30, 2012) – North Park University has named Daniel White Hodge director of its Center for Youth Ministry Studies (CYMS). He will assume his new role on February 15. Continue Reading »

Richard Stearns of World Vision Special Midwinter Guest

ROSEMONT, IL (January 27, 2012) – A major new mission partnership in the Democratic Republic of Congo, introduction of new evangelism resources and an overview of new directions in the Department of Compassion, Mercy and Justice are among highlights of the 2012 Midwinter Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church that begins Monday and concludes with Friday morning’s vision-packed presentation facilitated by President Gary Walter. Continue Reading »

Incoming CEUM President Dreamed of ‘New Harvest’

INERA BONGABO, DR CONGO (January 27, 2012) – It was a recurring dream that led the new president of the Congo Covenant Church (CEUM) to pursue ministry shortly after graduating from high school. Continue Reading »

Bill Would Open School Buildings for Religious Use

By Stan Friedman

BRONX, NY (January 27, 2012) – Legislation that would allow churches to use schools after hours and when no one else is in the building received unanimous approval in the New York State Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

‘Africa Walk’ Focuses on Need for Clean Water

By John Brooks

CHICAGO (January 26, 2012) – An Evangelical Covenant Church member who graduated from North Park University in 2010 has embarked with two companions on a two-year, 7,000-mile journey from southern Africa to its northern coast as a way of calling attention to the need for clean drinking water in developing world nations. Continue Reading »

Emanuel Medical Center CEO Honored

TURLOCK, CA (January 26, 2012) – John Sigsbury, president and CEO of Emanuel Medical Center, has been named “Business Leader of the Year” by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading »

CEUM Elects New President, Vice President

INERA BONGABO, DR CONGO (January 24, 2012) – Jules Mboka has been elected president of the Congo Covenant Church (CEUM), succeeding Mossai Sanguma who completed two terms in office, the maximum allowed under the CEUM constitution. Continue Reading »

South Sudan Church Seeks Peace Among Tribes

By Stan Friedman

MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN (January 24, 2012) – The Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) is working with other church and civilian organizations to pursue peace in this country that has seen hundreds of men, women, and children murdered and more than 120,000 people driven from their homes in recent months due to tribal conflict. Continue Reading »