CHICAGO, IL (July 22, 2015) — Did you know that more than 300,000 people regularly attend a Covenant congregation in the United States or Canada, and last year more than 12,000 people made first-time commitments to Christ in Covenant churches?
Did you know that 13 grants totaling more than $100,000 were issued last year by the ECC ministry area Love Mercy and Do Justice? Beneficiaries included ministries in Appalachia, Detroit, and one serving Haitian immigrants in Florida.
That is just some of the information contained in the Evangelical Covenant Church Annual Report 2014/2015, which is now available for download.
“By definition, an annual report is designed to provide an update on how effective an organization has been in accomplishing its stated mission,” President Gary Walter states in the introduction. “But this booklet you are holding is more than a clinical record of the past year. It’s a vibrant narrative of how God is acting in and through his people who comprise the Covenant Church.”
The report highlights the work of the denomination’s five ministry areas and affiliate ministries. Each ministry area and affiliate shares key outcomes for 2014 and initiatives for 2015. The report also details the denomination’s finances.
The Covenant’s five mission priorities are Develop Leaders, Start and Strengthen Churches, Make and Deepen Disciples, Love Mercy and Do Justice, and Serve Globally.
Affiliated ministries include Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, North Park University, North Park Theological Seminary, National Covenant Properties, Covenant Trust Company, and Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos.