‘Impossible Ideas’ Becoming Real Through Latin American Ministries

By Stan Friedman

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (August 2, 2013) – Integrating social justice with evangelism, advocating for victims of abuse, and training young leaders were key themes of the recently concluded triennial conference of the La Confraternidad de Iglesias del Pacto Evangelico de Iberoamerica (CIPE). Continue Reading »

CHET Agreement Promises Greater Ministry Opportunities

By Stan Friedman

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (August 2, 2013) – Centro Hispano de Estudios Teologicos (CHET) entered into its first-ever international agreement to provide free educational material with Covenant churches connected with La Confraternidad de Iglesias del Pacto Evangelico de Iberoamerica (CIPE). Continue Reading »

Japanese Students Get ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ in U.S.

By Stan Friedman

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (August 2, 2013) – Ten youth and their four chaperones from Fukushima, Japan, site of the 2011 nuclear plant disaster, are getting a chance to enjoy fresh air and numerous activities during a two-week trip spearheaded by Japan Covenant Church missionaries Pastor Shunichi and Masako Miyamoto, whose ministry works closely with Faith Covenant Church and Community Covenant Church (C3). Continue Reading »

Beacons of Reconciliation in a Historic Black Community

By Stan Friedman

MOUND BAYOU, MISSISSIPPI (August 1, 2013) – The ancestors of Darryl Johnson, pastor of Walk of Faith Covenant Church, were among the freed slaves who founded this town, the oldest municipality in the country to be started by African Americans, so his inauguration as its mayor last month was an especially meaningful moment for him, he says. Continue Reading »

FBI’s Child Prostitution Sting Is Call to Action for Churches

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (July 30, 2013) – The weekend arrests of 150 people in an FBI child prostitution sting highlights the need for Christians to be aware that the tragedy of human trafficking is more prevalent than many realize, says Meagan Gillan, executive minister of the Department of Women Ministries. Continue Reading »

Memorial Service Set for North Park Seminary’s Richard Carlson

CHICAGO, IL (July 29, 2013) – A memorial service for Richard Carlson, professor emeritus of ministry at North Park Theological Seminary and a former Covenant pastor, will be conducted on Sunday, August 11, at 2:30 p.m. in Anderson Chapel on the North Park University campus. Continue Reading »

Community Covenant Grieving, Looking Forward After Fire

By Stan Friedman

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 29, 2013) – Two weeks after arson destroyed the sanctuary of Community Covenant Church, the congregation is living in the tension of grieving the past and looking forward with hope, says Pastor Luke Swanson. Continue Reading »

Richard Carlson, Celebrated North Park Seminary Professor, Dies

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (July 27, 2013) – Richard Carlson, professor emeritus of ministry at North Park Theological Seminary and a former pastor, died early this morning after a long battle with esophageal cancer. Continue Reading »

Briefs: YouVersion, Summer Food Program, and Working Together

The New York Times: YouVersion Bible Changing Industry

EDMOND, OK (July 26, 2013) – The YouVersion Bible app published by reached 100 million downloads this month, a fact noted in a story on the front of The New York Times Technology page and highlighted on the publications website homepage. Continue Reading »

After Floods, India’s Covenant Church Leads Relief Efforts

UTTARKASHI, INDIA (July 26, 2013) – Relief teams sponsored by the Hindustani Covenant Church (HCC) walk up to nine miles through flood-devastated terrain to deliver supplies to people who lost their homes in a monsoon that struck this area over several days in June and killed more than 5,000 people. Continue Reading »