1. I am not able to move to Michigan and
2. I am not ordained with the Evangelical Covenant Church.
I have a soft spot in my heart for them, however. This dates from when Ken and I were pastors of a small Assembly of God congregation whose church building sat diagonally across the street corner from the small Evangelical Covenant Church. I don't remember how it came about, but we became good friends of the Covenant pastor and his wife, and I learned a little about their denomination. There was much I liked. We held a joint VBS, did outreach together, had a potluck or two where both congregations came.
The Thornapple Church website needs some work, but a look around was so encouraging. From all I can learn they are doing it right. They have the best mission statement of any church I've ever seen, and maybe also the shortest. Ready? Here it is.
Helping people find and follow Jesus Christ.
They caught the essential mission of the church in seven words! Bravo! From their website I surfed over to the Evangelical Covenant Church in America website. I just had to share the "commitment" statements I found there.
What are we committed to?
- Reaching the unchurched, particularly the emerging generation
- Pressing forward in ethnic ministry and diversity
- Extending greater measures of compassion and justice to the poor and desperate
- Attending to the health of existing congregations
- Forming spiritually mature disciples who live out obedience to Christ in the world
- Calling forth and equipping women and men for all levels of church leadership
- Pursuing expanded strategic global opportunities and partnerships.
They are focusing on the emerging generation, deliberately embracing greater diversity, expanding the focus on justice and compassion, helping their churches be healthy, affirming the equality of men and women in ministry, and reaching out to the world.
WOW! Exactly right!
Thus ends my advertisement for Covenant churches. And old friends Dave and Alexis Davidson, wherever you are, I hope you are blessed and a blessing to many. I'm so sorry we lost touch.