Eight Churches Removed from Member Roster

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (June 15, 2006) – Eight churches from three conferences of the Evangelical Covenant Church have been removed from the denominational membership roster during the 121st Annual Meeting.

Churches removed include:

  • The Crossing Covenant Church in Thornton, Colorado
  • Spring Valley Covenant Church in Windsor, Colorado
  • Evangelical Covenant Church in Marquette, Kansas
  • First Covenant Church in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Riversong Evangelical Covenant Church in Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Iglesia Del Pacto Evangelico, Elgin in Elgin, Illinois
  • Oak Grove Covenant Church in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Calvary Evangelical Covenant Church in Dayton, Ohio.

The Crossing Covenant Church in Thornton was a pioneer church plant that began in a north Denver suburb in 2002. As the appropriation phase was ending, the church leadership concluded that financial support was not sufficient to continue. The church was enfolded into the Colorado Ridge Covenant Church in Westminster. The Crossing’s founding pastor, Jeff Grote, became part of the Colorado Ridge staff.

The Evangelical Covenant Church in Fort Collins birthed Spring Valley in Windsor as a parented project in 1999. After the founding pastor left ministry, attendance eroded despite the efforts of a new pastor. Most of the 50 remaining attendees now attend the Fort Collins congregation.

Marquette Covenant Church joined the Covenant in 1901. In recent years it has declined in strength. The Midwest Conference declined requests for financial assistance for a restart without leadership being granted to a new leadership team. The church decided to leave the Covenant and join another denomination that offered financial assistance.

First Covenant Church joined the Covenant in 1887 and is the historic mother and grandmother of all the Covenant churches in the Kansas City area. Much of its strength was sacrificed in the birthing of its largest child, Hillcrest Covenant Church of Prairie Village, Kansas, in 1961. The church was unable to keep pace with the demographic changes in its locale and invited a multicultural church plant into its facilities in 2002. The plant, City Church, joined the Covenant at the 2005 Annual Meeting. Several last-minute details prevented First Covenant’s ministry from being celebrated and closed at that time.

Riversong was planted in 2004 but never met growth requirements and was closed.

Iglesia Del Pacto Evangelico Elgin still was in the pre-fellowship stage when it was integrated into a larger congregation.

Oakgrove Covenant was formed in 1997 and had a peak membership of approximately 100. With average attendance at 57, it was determined the church should be closed.

Dayton Ohio joined the Covenant in 1947. It has decided to withdraw from the Covenant.

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