Blog Offers Biblical Gender Equality Insights, Resources

CHICAGO, IL (March 19, 2013) – Why are women leaving the church in greater numbers than men? Continue Reading »

‘Tips’ from Free Music Downloads to DR Congo Work

PORTLAND, OR (March 18, 2013) – The deadline is fast approaching for free online downloads of five albums from singer-songwriter Josh Garrels to benefit World Relief International’s work in Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue Reading »

U.S. News Honors Seven CRC Nursing Facilities

SKOKIE, IL (March 18, 2013) – Nursing facilities at seven Covenant Retirement Communities received a five-star rating – the highest possible – in U.S. News & World Report’s fifth annual “Best Nursing Homes” report. Continue Reading »

New Fall Degree Program Sets North Park Apart

CHICAGO, IL (March 15, 2013) – This fall, North Park University will be the only higher education institution in the Chicago area offering a new nonprofit major for undergraduates as part of its new academic program that can lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in nonprofit management. Continue Reading »

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 »