Annual Meeting Re-imagined and Renamed ‘Gather’

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 28, 2014) — The Covenant’s Annual Meeting is being re-imagined and renamed to provide more opportunities for attendees to minister and worship together, President Gary Walter announced during his report today at the Midwinter Pastors Conference. Continue Reading »

Despite Temps, Pastor Still Set on 1,500-Mile Fundraising Trip

By Stan Friedman

TWIG, MN (January 28, 2014) — Even with the United States suffering the big chill, Brad Shannon, pastor of New Life Covenant Church here, is still determined to embark on his 1,500-mile fundraising snowmobile journey to Churchill, Manitoba, on February 9. Continue Reading »

Ciccone Named Leader of ECC Youth Ministry

CHICAGO, IL (January 27, 2014) – Tim Ciccone has been named the Covenant’s team leader for youth ministry it was announced at the denomination’s Youth Workers Convention here on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Ben Kerns: ‘Not the Answer I Was Hoping For ’

Editor’s note: From time to time, we come across articles in church newsletters, individual blogs and other media that we believe may interest our readers. Today’s offering comes from Ben Kerns, pastor of youth and children at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, California. This article first appeared on his blog, Average Youth Ministry. Continue Reading »

Obituary: Robert and Rachael Dawson

NASHVILLE, TN (January 24, 2014) — Robert Dawson, 86, pastor of the first predominantly African American church in the Covenant, died Sunday.

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Five for Friday: Changing Religious Rhetoric, Jokes About Celebs

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 22, 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 »

Purdue Honors Ziemer for Years of Leadership, Public Service

LAFAYETTE, IN (January 23, 2014) — Purdue University recently honored Covenanter Paul Ziemer, who has served the administrations of three United States presidents, as an Old Master. Continue Reading »

Worldwide Webcast and Interfaith Meal Outreach Extend One Church’s Impact

By Stan Friedman

BOULDER, CO (January 23, 2014) — New Day Covenant Church’s webcast ministry continues to grow and reach new audiences around the world while its local dining ministry has attracted the strong support of people who adhere to some of the world’s largest faiths. Continue Reading »

Combined Youth Program Could Be Pilot for Others

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 21, 2014) — A revived cooperative youth ministry among ten Evangelical Covenant Church congregations here could offer a model for other congregations that struggle to provide a full-fledged program for their teens. Continue Reading »

Danforths Ask for Continued Prayer for CAR

By Stan Friedman

GAMBOULA, CAR (January 21, 2014) — Missionaries Roy and Aleta Danforth say they feel safe at the ministry they lead, but asked this morning for Covenanters to continue praying for the Central African Republic, which still could further descend into sectarian violence that has displaced one million people and killed more than a thousand. Continue Reading »