From your friends in Christian Formation

Post a Comment » Written on December 24th, 2013     
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as
you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by

the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13


This is our prayer for you today and into the new year!

Your friends in Christian Formation
for the Evangelical Covenant Church

Advent highlights in the m!x

Post a Comment » Written on December 10th, 2013     
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imagesFriends, here we are in the 2nd week of Advent!

Advent is a special time I spend preparing for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.

The season of Advent begins on the Sunday which usually falls closest to November 30th, and lasts through Christmas Eve. During this time I recall and reflect on the history of God’s people and the prophecies and promises that were fulfilled. I begin to understand what it means for me today and for my future.

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Week of Prayer 2014 – Truly Praying: Shaped by the Scriptures

Post a Comment » Written on December 10th, 2013     
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Need help facilitating more prayer among your people?

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The Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. As we apply scriptural principles and insights to our lives, Scripture informs and shapes the way we pray.

It’s also true that “what you pray forms what you believe.” This early Church principle has been recognized by church leaders through the centuries as they have composed services and prayer books.

The Evangelical Covenant Church grew out of a movement known as Pietism, which stresses a personal relationship with Christ and the active living faith of persons transformed by the gospel. The early Pietists gave us a method for the examination of Scripture. They would ask three questions. First, what does the text teach? Second, what does the text command? And finally, what does the text promise? Covenant theologians C. John Weborg and Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom have reframed these questions: What do we believe? How do we live? What do we hope?

These questions provide an approach to help us weave Scripture into our thinking and our prayers—and therefore inform what we believe. A fourth question is added, How do we pray? This process is not only designed to be a one-week exercise; it is intended to give us a new way of integrating Scripture and prayer into our lives, shaping and helping us to grow on our faith journeys.

Although prayer is a time of intentionally dwelling with and listening to God, we also pray by sharing and celebrating these truths together in community—by singing, drawing and painting, walking and reflecting together, and reminding one another of God’s goodness to us.

Truly Praying: Shaped by the Scriptures is downloadable in English, Spanish, and Korean in two formats and may also be enlarged for the sight-impaired. This non-dated resource can be used by individuals as well as in groups, within one week or over the course of seven weeks. Written by Geoff Twigg, this week of prayer resource gives us a new way of integrating Scripture and prayer into our lives, shaping and helping us to grow on our faith journeys.

For more than 60 years, the Evangelical Covenant Church has provided materials for a week of prayer during the month of January. Whether scheduled at the beginning of a new year or at another time, challenging and equipping followers of Jesus to live a life of prayer is central to our task.

May this prayer resource encourage us—not only to pray but also to deeper faith through a greater integration of Scripture and prayer into our lives.

Covenant World Relief resources

Post a Comment » Written on October 1st, 2013     
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The new FREE Covenant World Relief resources are available now. A sample set of materials have been sent to each church, but you can go online now and order additional copies.
The new materials include:

We send these resources each fall so you can stay connected and updated on our shared ministry around the world. Together, we are serving on 5 continents, in 29 countries through 70 projects. Thank you for partnering together with Covenant World Relief!

Adventures with God Curriculum – New sessions NOW AVAILABLE

The Fall sessions of year 2 of the Adventures with God Curriculum is Now Available. Enjoy!


Triennial Workshops

Are you attending Triennial XIV this week? Make sure to make room in your schedule for the following workshops:


FA10 | Generational Disconnect—Bridging the Gap

Join this workshop on Friday Morning 10:30-12:00pm in Royal Palm Salon 2 with Aune Carlson & Reesheda Washington

Have you ever asked, “How do we get younger women to attend our Women Ministries events?” Come, engage with dynamic young women leaders about their generation’s concerns and discuss how those can be uniquely met through women’s ministry in the local church – all from a biblical perspective. Aune Carlson is the Early Adult Ministries Coordinator for the Covenant Church and is ordained to Word and Sacrament.


FA05 | Journeying Together: An Introduction to Spiritual Companionship*

Join Doreen Olson on Friday Morning and Friday Afternoon

Nurturing community life through the art of spiritual conversation is the goal of this workshop. It highlights the teaching, learning and practicing of three essential skills so as to bless one other as spiritual companions on this journey: becoming a good listener; asking helpful, open-ended questions; and telling personal stories clearly and well. Doreen Olson is the executive minister of Christian Formation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Married to Mark, she loves seeing people grow in their faith, traveling to see her two adult children and spending time with her grandkids.


Spiritual Direction

Sign up to meet with a spiritual director during the Triennial. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. Check at the registration desk for available times.

Spiritual Direction is a ministry of listening, discernment, and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion. Through this ministry, a spiritual companion listens and helps you discern the presence and work of God’s spirit in your life. The goal is that you would grow closer to God and become more the person God created you to be. It’s not too late to sign up to meet with a spiritual director during the Triennial! Limited space is available on a first come, first serve basis. Check at the Triennial registration desk for available times.


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New Sankofa video

Post a Comment » Written on July 2nd, 2013     
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The next Sankofa journey is August 1-4, 2013. Join us on the journey!
If you are interested in participating, please register and submit your deposit online here OR fill out your registration form and mail your deposit.

New Prayer App Available

Post a Comment » Written on May 8th, 2013     
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We recently learned about the availability of a new prayer app called “Ora,” which is Latin for “prayer.”941098_468229583247089_1934361642_n

Developed by Dusty Gulleson (Bellingham Covenant Church in WA), this free app allows you to leverage existing social networks and mobile devices to connect individuals through intercessory prayer. It’s a great way to keep track of prayer requests – both as a reminder to pray, as well as keep track of answers to prayer.  In fact, ORA collects, organizes, tracks, reminds, connects and securely shares prayer requests and answers with anyone you choose.

Dan Boehlje, associate pastor at Bellingham Covenant, describes the app as: “It’s like Twitter meets church prayer chain.” We believe it has great potential for individuals and churches alike to simplify the process of communicating and updating prayer requests. Check it out here and let us know what you think!


Special CKC 30 Hour Famine

Post a Comment » Written on March 26th, 2013     
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World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine has become a regular part of youth groups and church life across the country – and this year is no different! The unique opportunity that Covenant youth groups have this year is to partner with Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision to stand alongside our sisters and brothers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Schedule a 30 Hour Famine event with your church’s youth group and stand alongside our Congolese sisters and brothers as they work to end the cycle of extreme poverty in the Equateur province. By partnering with World Vision and Covenant Kids Congo, you’ll not only be able to raise awareness on how the Covenant church in Congo is working towards clean water, to end senseless malaria deaths, as well as beat back hunger, further grow education efforts and bolster the economy through micro-enterprise, you’ll also have the opportunity to designate your funds toward this unprecedented project.

We’ve made great strides in the last 6 months – over 5,000 kids have been sponsored by Covenant churches across the US and Canada. But there remains much to do, in a country where 3 out of 4 of our Congolese friends do not have access to clean water.

In order to learn more about how your church and youth group can be part of this incredible movement, join Aune Carlson and Adam Phillips online for an exclusive WebEx conversation on April 2nd at 2pm Central. We’ll share what other churches are doing, field questions, and help walk-through your very own 30 Hour Famine effort this year with Covenant Kids Congo.

Register Now to join the conversation on April 2nd at 2pm CDT.


Become a child sponsor and you’ll provide a child and others in his or her community with access to life-saving basics.

Reminder: Call-in Cafe, Thursday, March 21st

Post a Comment » Written on March 20th, 2013     
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Tune in Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:00 am (CST)

for the next Call-in Cafe – Adult Ministry


Mentoring/Coaching, A Friend for the Christian Journey

Judy Peterson, Campus Pastor at North Park University will be the guest presenter this month.

Mentoring is an important part of University Ministries at North Park University. Judy helps students learn about mentoring and then supports them as they put their training into practice. She feels strongly about the importance and effectiveness of mentoring in the spiritual formation of Christians. Because the university setting is quite different from the church, we will intentionally include time to discuss possible adaptations for your setting.

Register for the discussion here.*To connect to the audio portion with a landline or cell phone: (US/Canada): (877) 668-4493 (Call-in toll number (US/Canada)) Access code: 624 400 743