August 25, 2015 — by Dana Allin

ECO's Fifth Core Value: Egalitarian Ministry

I love how our 5th Core Value, Egalitarian Ministry, encompasses both our commitment to upholding the roles of women in all aspects of the church, as well as the need to deploy, celebrate, and support leaders from every ethnicity.

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June 10, 2015 — by Dana Allin

ECO's Third Core Value: Thoughtful Theology

Over the next several months, in preparation for our national gathering, we will be focusing our Thursday blog posts on ECO’s nine values. We will spend a month of Thursdays on each of the values, where I will write an introductory blog post and then other authors will expand upon our Biblical understanding of the value for the next 3-4 weeks. We are excited to dig in together and pray that you will join us in this journey as we strive to stay connected until we see each other in person next January!

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May 7, 2015 — by Dana Allin

ECO's Core Values: #2 Biblical Integrity

Over the next several months, in preparation for our national gathering, we will be focusing our Thursday blog posts on ECO’s nine values. We will spend a month of Thursdays on each of the values, where I will write an introductory blog post and then other authors will expand upon our Biblical understanding of the value for the next 3-4 weeks. We are excited to dig in together and pray that you will join us in this journey as we strive to stay connected until we see each other in person next January!

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April 9, 2015 — by Dana Allin

ECO's Core Values: #1 Jesus Shaped Identity

Over the next several months, in preparation for our national gathering, we will be focusing our Thursday blog posts on ECO’s nine core values. We will spend a month of Thursdays on each of the values, where I will write an introductory blog post and then other authors will expand upon our Biblical understanding of the value for the next 3-4 weeks. We are excited to dig in together and pray that you will join us in this journey as we strive to stay connected until we see each other in person next January!

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January 26, 2015 — by Dana Allin

"Like-Minded" Not "Same-Minded"

One of the key things I remember Jim Singleton saying at the first Fellowship gathering in Minneapolis was that Fellowship and ECO would be a collection of people who are like-minded but not same-minded. I think that distinction is the very component for what ECO strives to be. Rather than ruling from the boundaries and dictating non-essentials, ECO desires to hold at the center: a core theology that gives clarity to the movement.

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January 1, 2015 — by Dana Allin

Happy New Year, ECO friends!

Though it used to be even better when ALL college football games were on TV, New Year's day is still one of my favorite days. I love being able to not just celebrate the past, but also start fresh and make some adjustments that change the trajectory of my life. I also love New Year’s as a tangible reminder of what the Lord does for us every day.

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December 10, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Shift Five: From An "Addition/Subtraction Mentality" To A “Multiplication Mindset"

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This fall our Thursday blogs are focused on the five shifts we've identified as significant for living out the mission and vision of ECO. Every third Thursday, Dana Allin writes specifically about one of these shifts, and then the following two Thursdays we hear from people within the ECO community who are living out that particular shift in their local contexts. Read Shift OneShift Two, Shift Three, and Shift Four.

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November 19, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Shift Four: Becoming Missional And Attractional

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This fall our Thursday blogs are focused on the five shifts we’ve identified as significant for living out the mission and vision of ECO. Every third Thursday, Dana Allin writes specifically about one of these shifts, and then the following two Thursdays we hear from people within the ECO community who are living out that particular shift in their local contexts. Read Shift OneShift Two, and Shift Three

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October 8, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Shift Two: From “Safety and Preservation To Risk Taking and Expansion”

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This fall our Thursday blogs are focused on the five shifts we've identified as significant for living out the mission and vision of ECO. Every third Thursday, Dana Allin writes specifically about one of these shifts, and then the following two Thursdays we hear from people within the ECO community who are living out that particular shift in their local contexts. Read more about Shift One here.

Shift #2: From “Safety and Preservation To Risk Taking and Expansion”


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September 17, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Shift One: From "Clergy-Centered" To An "Unleashed Laity"

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This fall our Thursday blogs will focus on the five shifts that we have identified as significant for living out the mission and vision of ECO. Every third Thursday, Dana Allin will be writing specifically about one of these shifts, and then the following two Thursdays we will hear from people who are making that particular shift in their local contexts.

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August 22, 2014 — by Dana Allin

When We Gathered in Dallas: ECO's Synod Meeting

A few things have changed since we gathered 18 months ago


Wow! I am both excited and exhausted—what a great couple of days we had in Dallas at the 2014 National Gathering! It’s exciting to see how we’ve grown from 30 churches and 10,000 covenant partners at our first Synod gathering in 2013 to now having 149 churches and 60,000 covenant partners at this gathering. Plus, it’s extremely encouraging to see a dozen church plants in various stages of formation and organization! There is so much to be grateful for.

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July 2, 2014 — by Dana Allin

What it Means to Be a Church Planter

Thoughts from the Church Planting Assessment


Last week in Tacoma, WA, I had the privilege of co-directing our church planting assessment with J. Allen Thompson, the master of church planting assessment. I have attended the Mission to North America church planting assessments a few times to learn how the process works, and am grateful ECO has a similar church planting assessment process in place now. Every time I've been to an assessment, I've heard from the candidates how grateful and encouraged they were by the process. I want to briefly reflect on the ways in which I too was encouraged by the assessment event last week.

Church planting takes courage


Special thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, WA for hosting our Church Planting Assessment! Photo credit: Emily Day Special thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, WA for hosting our Church Planting Assessment! Photo credit: Emily Day

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June 15, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Important Shifts For Our Future Development

Thoughts about the future

In the middle of May, the ECO Synod Executive Council met for a day. We spent some time thinking about the future and looking at where we need to spend our time and energy for future development. We took a look at our mission statement, “to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.” We began to ask,

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May 1, 2014 — by Dana Allin

In Pursuit of God's Mission For The Church

Reorienting our goal as the Church


Reorienting Church Goals This coming Sunday, I have the privilege of preaching at First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs and I plan on using Acts 1:1-8. My title for the sermon is, “God’s Mission has a Church.” I believe we often reverse the relationship between mission and church.

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February 20, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Discovering Our God-Given Gifts For Ministry


What I missed in the passage


Nine years ago, when I was the candidate for the pastor position at Indian River Presbyterian Church, I preached on Ephesians 4:11-16. I’ve always seen this passage the closest thing we can find in Scripture for a pastor’s job description. In fact, it is the only time the word pastor is used in the Bible and, even then, it is often translated as shepherd.

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January 27, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Five Focuses For A New Year

2014 goalsJanuary marks the two-year anniversary of ECO. We launched in January 2012, accepted our first congregation in May 2012, and now have over 108 member churches and two new churches in the process of being planted. Praise God for the ongoing story of ECO! A few weeks ago in the ECO newsletter, I shared five focus areas for ECO as we grow into 2014. In case you missed it, I wanted to share it again here to keep us focused as we live into our mission in the new year.

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December 25, 2013 — by Dana Allin

Following the Holy Spirit to the Middle East

book-coverDavid Garrison has a new book coming out in January 2014 called A Wind in the House of Islam. In this book he looks at Christian movements in the Muslim world. He classifies a movement as at least 1,000 baptisms or 100 new churches started from one source. He notes there have only been a handful of such movements from 1600-1980. However in the last 20 years there have been 70 well documented independent movements of this magnitude. His point? The Sprit of God is blowing in some unique and powerful ways in the Muslim world.

Exploring partnerships for ECO in the Middle East


Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel with a few others to the Middle East on a vision trip to see how ECO might be called to join with the Holy Spirit in this movement in the Muslim world. We met with many pastors, church planters, and Christian business leaders to learn first hand what God was doing. There were several things I was amazed by.

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November 20, 2013 — by Dana Allin

"What Gets Measured Gets Done."

“What gets measured gets done.”

Peter Ducker was the one who coined this phrase and over the years, I have found this principle very helpful, especially in how I have seen it applied within the life of a congregation.

Measuring Growth

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