July 24, 2017 — by ECO NEWS

ECO Theological Task Force Introduces the ECO Book of Confessions

The ECO Book of Confessions is a very special collection of documents that give witness to the system of doctrine embraced by countless reformed and Presbyterian believers over many centuries. Each document has played an important part in our history as a church and continues to guide us through the present and into our future together. Upon the formation of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians it was decided that all of the current confessions of the PC(USA) would be kept as our founding documents. Therefore the ECO Book of Confessions stands as it was at the moment in time that ECO came into existence. This was a wise and faithful decision as the vast majority of incoming members had taken vows in support of this Book of Confessions. There was also a commitment made that there would be further study and reflection upon this decision after the denomination was established.

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July 11, 2017 — by Dana Allin

Reflections from the 2017 WCRC General Council

A few weeks ago, along with Jen Haddox and John Terech, I had the privilege of representing ECO at the General Council meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Leipzig, Germany.  The General Council meets every 7 years and consists of delegates from 220 member churches from around the world.  ECO became a member of the WCRC in 2013 with the endorsement from the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), who were already members.

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June 2, 2017 — by Dana Allin

Raising the Bar | "Flourishing Leaders"

Many people have commented about how ECO seeks to create an environment that continues to raise the bar on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. There are many ways that this environment is encouraged within ECO congregations and presbyteries. One of the ways that I am thrilled to watch unfold among our churches is the hunger to have lay leaders flourish in their various and diverse ministries.

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May 31, 2017 — by Jen Haddox

Join us in Praying for Muslims Around the World!

When we pray, "Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," in our regular weekly or daily prayers, we can easily lose sight of the radical petition we are making. We are asking for God’s sovereign love and power to come to fullness of expression right here among us. We are praying for God’s perfect love, justice, and peace to reign in our world. We are expressing a sure hope and complete trust that God is actively at work in our world through the Risen Christ to transform and renew all things.  We cannot make the Kingdom of God come by our own efforts, but Jesus invites us to pray and live into its reality in our midst.  

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May 31, 2017 — by Mickie O'Donnell

When Flourishing Churches Gather: Synod 2018 Meeting

Hi, my name is Mickie O'Donnell and I want to tell you about one of the reasons I am so excited about the 2018 national gathering! I know it may seem early to think about it, but now is the perfect time to start planning on how you are going to bring all your hard working and faithful ministry educators with you. You know who they are; Children and Family Ministry Director, Missions Director, Youth Director, and even Nursery School Director. The January 2018 national gathering will be a perfect place to come together as a staff team and help everyone experience the synergy that is evident when flourishing churches gather.

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May 23, 2017 — by Dave Reichelderfer

Covenant Relationships: Lifting One Another Up In Prayer

We had a great Thanksgiving.  Our house was full for dinner with four generations being represented.    The activity level was increased by the presence of our three grandchildren, two girls and a boy, who literally ran from one end of the house to another.   After our guests departed, and we were able to clean-up the aftermath, Ann and I retired for a good night’s rest.  It was a wonderful evening!

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April 19, 2017 — by Greg Wagenfuhr

Good Enough?

I hope many of you have received an email, or the April ECO newsletter that introduces myself and my task as the part–time Resource Coordinator for our national Theology Task Force. I am very excited to have the honor of serving ECO in this way.

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April 6, 2017 — by Dana Allin

Dana Allin's April Newsletter Article

I am thrilled with the number of churches who are utilizing the “Becoming a Flourishing Church” series that is available on our website. The feedback has been very positive as many leaders wrestle with the question of what is next for their congregations as they seek to truly flourish. My only concern are the leaders who say, “Our church is only going to do the last two sessions related to being a flourishing church.

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April 6, 2017 — by ECO NEWS

A Resource for Care: Shepherd's Heart Ministry

Shepherd’s Heart Ministry has been serving Pastoral Couples since 2004 in one of their many retreat centers around the world, and has partnered with ECO to assist in supporting their Pastoral Couples in Issues such as burnout, conflict in their ministry assignments, marriage issues and moral failure which are just a few of the challenges that face those serving in ministry.  ECO believes strongly in caring for their Pastoral Couples and has set up several resources to help you on your journey.  

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April 6, 2017 — by Anna Kent

A Community Committed to Christ's Commission

Over the past year, I am thankful to have been involved with a couple of initiatives through ECO.  The pilot project of the Discipleship Initiative was a great learning experience on how to develop a disciple-making culture within a church.  Also, I have been actively involved with one of our Mission Affinity Groups which includes four churches who are going through the Elder Leadership Institute (ELI) together.  I remain thrilled with and excited about the development of the Becoming a Flourishing Church resource and cannot wait to hear responses to it from ECO leaders!

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April 6, 2017 — by Juan Sarmiento

"Joyful Encounters" Via The Outreach Foundation

“Muslim-Christian encounters do not consist primarily of discussions regarding doctrines. Instead, Muslims are first encountered as neighbors. Religion should not be the only marker of their identity that motivates us to reach out to them (or avoid their presence). Christians meet Muslims first and foremost because they have felt the joy of God radiating toward themselves and now feel the same joy leading them towards others.” — Evelyne A. Reisacher "Joyful Witness in the Muslim World, Sharing the Gospel in Everyday Encounters" Baker Academic, p 157

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