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 »

Covenant Leaders Celebrate Mission Milestones in Colombia

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA (July 26, 2013) – Members of Covenant churches from throughout Latin and North America are celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of La Confraternidad de Iglesias del Pacto Evangelico de Iberoamerica (CIPE) by focusing on the theme “We Are MORE Planting Churches Together.” Continue Reading »

George, Trayvon, and the Church

By Efrem Smith, Pacific Southwest Conference superintendent

CONCORD, CA (JULY 25, 2013) – “And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 Continue Reading »

Northwest Conference Calls Burton, Swanberg for New Spots

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 24, 2013) – The Northwest Conference announced today that Jeffrey Burton has been called to be its director of pastoral care and development, and Judy Swanberg has been called to be the associate director. Continue Reading »

Pastor: Church Closing Shows It’s Healthy

By Stan Friedman

RICHFIELD, MN (July 24, 2013) – The decision by the Bethany Covenant Church congregation to close after 109 years of ministry was actually a sign that it was healthy, says Pastor Greg Ellis. Continue Reading »