January 3, 2018 — by Nate Dreesmann

Cleaning up, Shaping up, and Clearing up our Polity and Theology

2018 marks ECO’s sixth year of existence, now made up of more than 370 churches and church plants. ECO’s mission “to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ” continues to inform every decision and choice that the Synod Executive Council and Synod Staff are making to support and resource ECO churches. As Dana Allin said last year, the Synod sees its role as helping catalyze flourishing in every ECO church and in every ECO leader. To that end, how ECO governs itself and what theological statements guide its leaders matters. If I could sum up this year’s Synod Business Meeting with one phrase, I would call it “Cleaning up, Shaping up, and Clearing up our Polity and Theology.”

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December 4, 2017 — by Nate Dreesmann

God is Transforming the Muslim World, and ECO Churches can be Part of this Story

"I grew up as a Muslim and have lived in this Muslim country all of my life. One day, Jesus came to me in a dream and revealed himself as the Messiah and Lord. I was afraid because becoming a Christian would cost me everything—it would cost my relationship with my family, my job, and perhaps my life, but I knew that was what Jesus wanted from me. I was able to find a copy of the New Testament that had been passed through many different people. As I read it, I understood that Jesus loved me. I wanted to follow Him. My family has disowned me and I lost my job, but Christ is with me and I trust in him…"

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December 4, 2017 — by Dana Allin

December Newsletter | A Word From Dana Allin

Confession time. For the first few years of my pastoral ministry I did not enjoy preaching during Advent. I have always liked to preach through a book in the Bible and felt as if Advent interrupted the book I was working through with my congregation. Plus, to have to preach four weeks AND Christmas Eve on concepts all relating to the preparation for and birth of Jesus was challenging to keep fresh and new, year after year. I knew it was powerful that God became flesh in Jesus, but in my evangelical mindset, the power of the incarnation was primarily utilitarian because it was necessary for the ultimate substitutionary atonement of our sins.

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November 7, 2017 — by Jen Haddox

We're In This Together | Global Engagement Pre-Conference

We live in a globalized world, where cross-cultural mission is nearer to our doorsteps than ever before, and the ends of the earth don’t seem so far away. Even so, 2 billion people in the world do not have access to the Gospel and many suffer injustices from poverty and war.  To reach this world that God loves, we must admit that as a global Church, “We’re in this together!”

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November 7, 2017 — by Anna Kent

Mission Affinity Group Update

One of the blessings of our growth in ECO comes with the multiplication of our presbyteries.  And because our presbyteries are multiplying, it means that we are living more fully into the idea of smaller, more relational presbyteries. That means that we have the opportunity to develop deeper relationships among ECO leadership and realize the blessing and benefit of COVENANTAL ACCOUNTABILITY!  

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November 7, 2017 — by Dana Allin

November Newsletter | A Word From Dana Allin

What Do We Mean by Evangelical? - Last year I was at a meeting for all of the denominational leaders who are part of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). We met right after the election. As a result, there was significant dialogue about how the words evangelical and evangelicals have had negative associations.

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September 29, 2017 — by Dana Allin

October Newsletter | A Word From Dana Allin

When discerning the types of resources that we desire to provide for our congregations (either through direct development or in partnership with others), we have used a framework in our discernment process that asks a few key questions.

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September 29, 2017 — by Jen Haddox

Mission Collaboration & Connection

Often my starting point for describing ECO Global Engagement is to point people to one of our core values, missional centrality: "We believe in living out the whole of the Great Commission – including evangelism, spiritual formation, compassion, and redemptive justice – in our communities and around the world."

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September 7, 2017 — by ECO NEWS

Continued Prayers for Peace & Protection

ECO friends, as we continue to pray for South Texas and the clean-up efforts along the Gulf Coast, we are now compelled to widen our prayers to include our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and possibly other states as Hurricane Irma heads towards the East Coast. We ask everyone to pray that the storm shifts east and does not directly hit any coastline of the Eastern United States.

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