May 16, 2016 — by Eric Laverentz

Seven Ways For Elders To Shepherd People Right Now

Often when someone older joins our congregation, they will be very concerned with making sure their ‘letter of transfer’ is properly handled.  It is almost like you are dealing with an agency of the Federal Government and they must present proper ID in order to verify their faith and be fully welcomed into our fellowship.

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May 9, 2016 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator Of Northern California & Nevada: Terri McNabb

These are exciting times for us in ECO!  Many of our presbyteries are multiplying.  I have had the privilege of being the MPT chair for the past two years for the Presbytery of Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.  Now, as Moderator, I am facilitating the transition from one presbytery into two.  We are now becoming the Presbytery of Northern California and Nevada, (which I will continue to moderate) and Bluewater Presbytery, which will consist of the churches in the Northwestern side of California and Hawaii.

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May 9, 2016 — by Anna Kent

Praying For Our MAGs

I've been wondering something lately. I've actually been wondering a lot of things lately. The Lord has been stirring a number of things in my heart.  I fear I may have been doing a little too much “navel-gazing”… a little too much self-introspection.  I’ll share a bit and you can be the judge.  

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April 18, 2016 — by Stuart Strachan

The Life-Giving Nature of ECO’s Polity

“In ECO polity, the role of the presbytery is to support, encourage, and be a resource for local congregations. ECO presbyteries are designed to be flexible and to cultivate connection and community among member churches.” -Intro to  ECO Presbyteries

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April 11, 2016 — by Pete Santucci

God Is In The Details

Easter Sunday worship may be one of the most predictable services in the year. We know the story. We know the songs. We know that egg hunts and families meals are par for the course.

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April 7, 2016 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator Of The Rivers Of Life: Jason Schepp

Rivers of Life Presbytery sits in the wooded country side of Western Pennsylvania, and is home to a hard working, fun loving group of men and women.  It is an area that is filled with congregations that desire the opportunity to grow and teach discipleship.  Through this new presbytery, it is my hope that we can create an environment that empowers as well as guides these congregations in the way of the early church, and to a movement of disciple builders.

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March 28, 2016 — by Matthew Lee

ECO Church Planting

As I begin my new role and ministry at ECO, I am excited and hopeful for what God will do in and through the individuals and churches of this denomination. I love the fact that so many ECO churches and pastors have a heart to see new churches started and their neighborhood, towns, and cities transformed by the Gospel. I also love the de-centralized emphasis where congregations have the primary ownership and responsibility to plant churches versus the denomination. This vision will not only empower local churches to have more “skin in the game,” but will also foster a greater culture of multiplication.

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March 21, 2016 — by Eric Laverentz

3 Things Elders Did For 4,000 Years

The role of church elder has changed substantially during the last century.  Following the Civil War, gaining momentum well into the 20th century, elders moved from a primary role as a shepherd of people alongside the pastors, to become the superintendent of a program or ministry.  To put it simply, for nearly four millenia, elders oversaw people.  For a hundred years up and until today, Presbyterian elders focus nearly all their time upon the things of the church—bricks, money, programs, and pew pencils—at the expense of the people.   

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March 17, 2016 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderators Blog Series

It has only been 4 years since ECO was launched (in January of 2012) and it took another 5 months before any congregations were actually able to join ECO. At the time of our 2016 gathering in Newport Beach, ECO was made up of 252 congregations that represent over 100,000 covenant partners.

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