What We Believe
The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), rooted in the Protestant Reformation, biblical instruction of the Lutheran Church of Sweden and the great spiritual movements of the nineteenth century, Affirm:
The centrality of the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the authoritative Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.
The necessity of “new birth” in Jesus Christ for eternal life, and the importance of an ongoing, growing spiritual relationship with Christ.
A commitment to the whole Gospel which drives us to evangelism, mission work, and ministries of compassion and social justice, bridging the boundaries of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age and status. This commitment flows from Jesus’ Great Commandment to love God with our whole being and our neighbor as we do our self, and from his Great Commission for us to make disciples of all nations. (Matt. 22:37-40; 28:18-20)
The Church as a fellowship of believers who share new life in Christ. All are always welcome; membership is by confession of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit, who calls the church into being, empowers its witness, guides its mission, and supplies the gifts needed by the Church and its members to exalt Christ.
The reality of freedom in Christ, who delivers us from the power of sin and moves us by His grace into a whole new experience of obedience and life. This freedom allows for differences of opinion in “secondary” matters of doctrine, interpretation, and practice within the context of biblical authority.