May 9, 2016 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator Of Northern California & Nevada: Terri McNabb

These are exciting times for us in ECO!  Many of our presbyteries are multiplying.  I have had the privilege of being the MPT chair for the past two years for the Presbytery of Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.  Now, as Moderator, I am facilitating the transition from one presbytery into two.  We are now becoming the Presbytery of Northern California and Nevada, (which I will continue to moderate) and Bluewater Presbytery, which will consist of the churches in the Northwestern side of California and Hawaii.

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April 7, 2016 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator Of The Rivers Of Life: Jason Schepp

Rivers of Life Presbytery sits in the wooded country side of Western Pennsylvania, and is home to a hard working, fun loving group of men and women.  It is an area that is filled with congregations that desire the opportunity to grow and teach discipleship.  Through this new presbytery, it is my hope that we can create an environment that empowers as well as guides these congregations in the way of the early church, and to a movement of disciple builders.

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March 17, 2016 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderators Blog Series

It has only been 4 years since ECO was launched (in January of 2012) and it took another 5 months before any congregations were actually able to join ECO. At the time of our 2016 gathering in Newport Beach, ECO was made up of 252 congregations that represent over 100,000 covenant partners.

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March 3, 2016 — by ECO Communications Team

STRIVE 2016: Walking Through An Open Door

Hope. That is how I characterize STRIVE. Coming from snow-bound West Virginia, it seemed to metaphorically represent the spiritual binding of Presbyterians here who feel trapped without options, but the joy and passion of the commissioners and guests affirmed that God is doing a new thing.  There is an open door – if we will just walk through it.  

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December 7, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

The Most Wonderful Time of Year: A Savior Is Born For The World

The happiest time of the year

At long last, it's the most wonderful time of the year! The church calendar has caught up with the rest of our culture, who has been celebrating Christmas with its holiday-themed store displays and gingerbread lattes for weeks—if not a couple months! I'm thrilled to join with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you, ‘be of good cheer’!

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November 16, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

But I Could Never Do That

Calling all church planters

Go ahead. Admit it…what’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you think about planting a church? What about starting a missional community in your neighborhood? When you read an ECO blog about the experience of church planter assessment? What about when you hear stories of plants that have started through ECO? I’m going to take a wild guess that when you hear anything about planting, your first response is, “I’m all for it…but I could never do that!

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November 2, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator, Brian Stewart | East Central Presbytery

Listening when the Voice speaks

As a boy, my grandfather was taught to memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism by my great-grandmother while she cooked on the wood stove in her kitchen. When my grandfather and grandmother, farmers outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, had their own children - including my mother, all eight of them had to recite either the Westminster Shorter Catechism or the Children’s Catechism before they could get their driver’s licenses. This tradition of memorizing the Catechism before one could receive their license skipped my generation (I am the oldest of fifteen grandchildren), but to some chagrin, it has been reintroduced to my own children – the oldest of whom in sixteen and a half. I’ll let you imagine the rest…

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October 19, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator, Ron Horn | Presbytery of The Northwest and Alaska

How God found me

For most of my life, I believed the lie that I did not need God. Finally, after struggling with a conflict that I couldn’t fix, a good friend suggested that my problem was too big for me to handle, and that I should turn it over to the Lord. In my desperate condition, I was willing to try anything, even a God that I did not believe in. And I learned, like so many other adult converts, that God is real, and in His grace, He loved and cared for those, like me, who had rejected Him for years.

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October 15, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

A Voice In The Crowd

A personal account of the 2014 National Gathering

My name is Helen Brooks. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended the 2014 National Gathering and I've been thinking about the event ever since.

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October 5, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator, Nate Dreesmann | Presbytery of The West

Beginning his ministry

One of the first sermons I remember hearing when I was in middle school was from John 4: the account of the Samaritan Woman. I remember being captivated by this amazing man named Jesus, who cared for and reached out to this woman who clearly felt the shame of her life journey. Jesus revealed to her that He was the Messiah and that she could have eternal life through Him. After hearing the sermon I knew that my life would forever be changed. A few months later at summer camp, I joyfully welcomed Jesus the Son of God, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords who died for our sins, into my life and have walked with Christ since that day.

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September 28, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator, Bob Bullock | Presbytery of Texas and Louisiana

"You've always been a Presbyterian,"

Some years ago, a witty friend of mine introduced me as a “Methobapterian.” I am the great, great, grandson of circuit ridding Methodist ministers in Arkansas and Texas. I first encountered God while kneeling with my Confirmation Class, being baptized, and taking my first Communion. It was Easter Sunday and my 12th birthday when, in John Wesley’s words,

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September 7, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

Meet The Moderator, Lucky Arnold | Presbytery of Florida

Feeling God's pull

I was born and raised in Miami, so I am one of those rare “Native Floridians”. Though I was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, I never learned what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, except from watching Billy Graham on TV. I didn’t understand what his words meant, but somehow still ‘felt the pull’ of Dr. Graham’s invitation at the end of his messages. Over time, I came to think that educated people did not believe the more supernatural parts of the Bible, but could value religion as a means to teach morality to children and create a wholesome community of adults.

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July 24, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

Equipping Pastors For Ministry

Creating ECO's ordination process

When ECO was conceived, there was hope that what would be created was a reformed body that kept churches connected, but allowed enough autonomy and flexibility that the local church would be able to flourish, thrive, and plant new churches. When a team of us imagined what the ordination process would look like for future ECO pastors, we took that vision and attempted to create a process that would be adaptable and flexible enough to meet the unique needs of each candidate. We also wanted to create a rigorous process of assessment that would have high expectations of candidates who needed to be theologically astute, knowledgeable of scripture, called and supported by their church community, and had already served the church successfully in multiple capacities.

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July 10, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

The Gathering at Windsor Survives and Seeks To Thrive

An update from our friends in Windsor

Greetings ECO from one of your newest members, The Gathering at Windsor (TG) in Windsor, CO! We’re posting here to tell you more of our story in coming to ECO and some of our dreams for the next chapter. Circumstances have led us through a rocky season, but we have high hopes and faith as we aspire to a glorious future for the praise of our Lord Jesus!

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June 12, 2014 — by ECO Communications Team

When It's Time To Pass The Baton

Discipling faithful men and women

In what’s believed to be a letter written from prison, shortly before Paul’s death, Paul wrote to Timothy, the one who “as a son with his father [had] served with [Paul] in the work of the gospel;” the one who had “proved himself.” Paul knew his time was short and that he was close to finishing the race he had been called to run. It was now time to make sure the baton he was passing was securely in the hand of those who would continue the race; to those who would be faithful in the ministry of shepherding the church in such a way that they “proclaim” Christ, “admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that” they “may present everyone mature in Christ.”

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