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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March 27, 2017 — by Matthew Lee

ECO Church Planting Quarterly Update

In an effort to promote connection, continuity and above all, intercession for our church planters, this is our 2nd quarterly prayer update for ECO Church Planting. As you are observing this season of Lent, it is our prayer that God causes our hearts to intensely burn with Christ's commission to make disciples of all nations; what more effective way than through church planting!

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February 23, 2017 — by Will & Kari Ritter

Expanding the Kingdom of God in Jerome Idaho

One of ECO’s core values is Kingdom Vitality.  We believe that congregations should vigorously reproduce new missional communities to expand the Kingdom of God! We are thrilled to announce that First Presbyterian Church in Jerome, Idaho has done just that! FPC Jerome has been involved with helping two ECO church plants become a reality. Headwaters Ministries is a beautiful and growing missional community in the Wood River Valley around Hailey, Idaho. In addition, this month marks the launch of Renew, a remarkably unique ministry in the heart of downtown Jerome. So why is FPC Jerome launching a church plant just blocks away? 

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