Companion Book Briefs: Engaging Ministry from the Inside Out

By Cathy Norman Peterson

CHICAGO, IL (December 18, 2013) — Editors’ note: This month the Covenant Companion launches an online feature that highlights new releases by Covenant authors. These reviews will supplement those provided in the magazine and are available on both Covenant Newswire and the Companion website. Both books reviewed below are available for purchase at Continue Reading »

Regional Coordinators Visit Growing Covenant Church of South Sudan

By Stan Friedman

MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN (December 17, 2013) — Members of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) jubilantly welcomed Covenant missionaries John Kerl and Cindy and Pete Ekstrand who traveled here, and were led by missionary James Tang, who is a native of Sudan. Continue Reading »

News Briefs: Why One Church Joined the ECC, ‘Wonderful Life’ Actress to Speak at Covenant Shores


Theological Diversity, Mission Attracts Affiliating Church

YAKIMA, WA (December 16, 2013) — The former Westminster Presbyterian Church changed its name recently to Yakima Covenant Church. The congregation voted in June to leave the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (December 13, 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 »

Phelan to Give CovTalk on ‘Eschatology and Christmas’

CHICAGO, IL (December 12, 2013) — Jay Phelan, professor of theological studies at North Park Theological Seminary, will present the first-ever COV Talk when he speaks on the “Beginning of the End: Eschatology and Christmas” at 9:45 a.m. CST Wednesday, December 18. Continue Reading »

Bible App for Kids Downloaded More Than 1 Million Times

EDMOND, OK (December 11, 2013) — The Bible App for Kids produced by, an Evangelical Covenant Church congregation, soared to more than one million downloads within just five days of its release on Thanksgiving Day. Continue Reading »

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 »