What is the Covenant Church? 

Covenant Church 
Evangelical, but not exclusive Biblical, but not doctrinaire Traditional, but not rigid Congregational, but not independent
East Coast Conference 

East Coast Superintendent: Howard K. Burgoyne

Conference Office Address: 52 Missionary Road Cromwell, CT 06416
Phone: 860-635-2691
Fax: 860-632-5422

Organized: 1890 Number of churches: 64 Institutions
New England Seafarers Mission, Inc.
Camp: Pilgrim Pines Conference Center, West Swanzey, New Hampshire
The Evangelical Covenant Church 
The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish Immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
What does the Covenant Church Believe? 

On one level, the answer is quite simple. When new members join a Covenant church, they are asked two questions about belief: “Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and promise to follow him as Lord?” and “Do you accept the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct?” They are then asked if they intend to live as faithful followers of Christ and members of the church and denomination. That’s all. That is enough.

But on another level, of course, the answer is a good deal more complex. While the Covenant Church does not require adherence to any written creed, we take our theology very seriously, and our history as well. We are a Reformation church, a part of the Church universal, and an evangelical church. In that heritage, we share certain central beliefs, which draw us together in faith and fellowship and make possible a freedom among us on more widely ranging issues.

We describe those central beliefs as “affirmations,” and they are outlined in the document available for download below. We hope that as you read these affirmations you will find yourself identifying with them in your own faith experience. If they raise questions for you or you would like to read further, we would encourage you to ask your pastor (if you are already in contact with a Covenant church) or any Covenant pastor for more suggestions.

May God bless you as you seek to learn more about him through his Church.
Glenn R. Palmberg, President The Evangelical Covenant Church
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