Triennial XIV Early Registration Deadline Next Week

CHICAGO, IL (March 14, 2013) – The deadline for early registration – and discounted rates – for Triennial XIV is next Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Covenant Pastor’s Book Quickly Hits Amazon Top List

CALEDONIA, MI (March 14, 2013) – Sales of an Evangelical Covenant Church pastor’s book, Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey, climbed into Amazon’s top 100 list just 24 hours after Kathie Lee Gifford mentioned it as her “favorite thing” of the week on the Monday installment of her NBC show, Today: Kathie Lee & Hoda. Continue Reading »

CWR Seeks Soup Can Bank Testimonial Letters

CHICAGO, IL (March 13, 2013) – Covenant World Relief (CWR) continues to seek letters expressing the positive experiences that individuals, families, and churches have had over the years that the ministry used empty soup cans as coin banks that display an adaptation of the familiar Campbell’s soup can labels. Continue Reading »

Briefs: Kids and Radio, Hungry People, and Living Art

Lakeview Kids Broadcast Their Faith With Gift

DULUTH, MN (March 12, 2013) – Christian radio station Life 97.3 had traditionally been subsidized by its parent ministry, Northwestern College, until last year when the school said the station would have to fully support itself or be sold. Continue Reading »

Magazine Honors Books by Covenant Authors

CHICAGO, IL (March 12, 2013) – Outreach Magazine has named two books by Evangelical Covenant Church authors to receive the magazine’s 2013 Resource of the Year award.

Among the 22 award recipients is The Post-Black and Post-White Church, written by Efrem Smith, superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and Missional Preaching: Engage • Embrace • Transform by Al Tizon, an ordained Evangelical Covenant Church minister and associate professor of holistic ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

Smith’s book was honored as the magazine’s Cross-Cultural Resource of the Year, with Tizon’s book honored as Outreach Resource of the Year.

“I would just say that I’m very honored that Outreach Magazine would recognize my recent book,” Smith said. “In our ever-increasing multiethnic and multicultural reality, I really hope this will be a fruitful resource for churches and pastors.”

The book connects theology, practical ministry models, and real stories of people in multiethnic Christian communities.

In commending Tizon’s work, Knute Larson, retired pastor of The Chapel in Akron, Ohio, says, “Al Tizon carefully takes the popular ‘missional’ word and shows in three foundational chapters how it is God’s middle name, how it should guide the way we study and preach the whole Bible, and how it cannot be separated from worship.”

Twenty-two resources were chosen in different categories. Nearly 160 resources published between November 1, 2011, and October 31, 2012, were submitted to the magazine for consideration, according to the publication. Experts in each of the categories judged submissions.

Click here to read the complete list of honorees.

“The Outreach Resources of the Year feature is itself a valuable resource for church leaders,” said Outreach editor Brian Orme. ”It brings deserved attention to resources that can help churches better understand the culture we live in, the dynamics at work in a variety of settings, and how to share the Gospel and reach our communities for Christ.”

Kenya Mission Vision Trip: Eye-Opening, Inspiring

By Pete Ekstrand and Stan Friedman

KENYA, (March 11, 2013) – The Evangelical Covenant Church of Kenya’s (KCC) sacrificial commitment to the economic and spiritual growth of people in this African nation proved awe-inspiring to members of a recent Covenant World Mission vision trip who said it will affect their own ministry. Continue Reading »

Memorial Service Pending for Anne Ericson

PLANTATION, FL (March 11, 2013) – A memorial service is pending for retired Evangelical Covenant Church missionary Anne (Busk) Ericson. She died Friday. Continue Reading »

How One Mission Resource Creates Worldwide Impact

By Stan Friedman

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND (March 8, 2013) – Years ago, when Margie Swenson wrote the comprehensive Sunday school curriculum “El Pacto con Dios” (The Covenant with God) in Spanish for Latin American children, she never imagined it might be taught in Thailand to children being rescued from a life of exploitation. Continue Reading »

North Park Focused On Local Church Connections

CHICAGO, IL (March 8, 2013) – North Park University has ramped up its efforts to connect with local Evangelical Covenant churches, says Mark Olson, the school’s senior director for church relations and outreach in the office of the president. Continue Reading »

‘Thousand Hearts’ – Living the Gospel Message

By Stan Friedman

ROCKFORD, MN (March 7, 2013) – Riverwood Covenant Church, a congregation with an average weekly attendance of 180 people, already has drawn strong support as it seeks to enlist 1,000 people to participate in community service projects on May 5. Continue Reading »