Ministry to Empower Women Impossible Without Mandela

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (December 10, 2013) — The work of a Covenant World Relief partner that is helping Zulu women achieve economic independence in South Africa would not have been possible prior to Nelson Mandela’s work to bring down apartheid, Dave Husby, CWR director, said today. Continue Reading »

Agriculture Project Continues in Spite of Violence in CAR

By Stan Friedman

GAMBOULA, CAR (December 10, 2013) — An agricultural project sponsored by Covenant World Relief and led by Covenant missionaries Roy and Aleta Danforth remains stable despite horrific violence throughout much of the Central African Republic which has filled a nearby hospital with wounded from both sides in the conflict between Muslims and Christians. Continue Reading »

More than Bodies, Bucks, and Bricks—Large Churches Join Vitality Process

By Cathy Norman Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 9, 2013) — Undermining the myth that packed pews automatically mean a church is healthy, several large churches participated in the denomination’s fourth annual Navigate conference last month. Continue Reading »

Covenanters Asked to Join Worldwide Wave of Prayer

CHICAGO, IL (December 9, 2013) — Debbie Blue, executive minister of the Department of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice, is asking Covenanters to participate in the global “wave of prayer” to end hunger being held around the world Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (December 6, 2013) — 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 »

Gonzalez Joins ECC Leadership Team

CHICAGO, IL (December 6, 2013) — President Gary Walter announced today that Rebecca Gonzalez has been called to the position of executive director of operations for the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), a new position consolidating previous functions as part of a reorganizational streamlining at Covenant Offices. Continue Reading »

Lifestyle Changes Lead to $19,000 for Covenant Kids Congo

BOSTON, MA (December 6, 2013) — By making changes in their own lives, six members of Cornerstone Church of Boston who participated in a Bible study on “economic discipleship” raised $19,000 for Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision. Continue Reading »

Applicants Sought to Lead Covenant Youth Ministries

CHICAGO, IL (December 5, 2013) — The search for a new leader of youth ministries for the Covenant is underway, and officials hope to fill the position by Midwinter 2014. Continue Reading »

Marti Burger Picked to Be Director of Covenant Events

CHICAGO, IL (December 5, 2013) — Marti Burger, who has served 14 years as leader of youth and family ministries for the denomination, has been named director of Covenant Events. Continue Reading »

Swedish Covenant Named Among Nation’s 55 Top Urban Hospitals

CHICAGO, IL (December 4, 2013) — Swedish Covenant Hospital was honored as one of 55 Top Urban Hospitals in the country Tuesday at the Leapfrog Group’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. It was the only hospital in Chicago to earn what is widely considered to be the nation’s most competitive annual hospital quality award this year. Continue Reading »