Joining ECO As A Pastor

Objectives of the Application Process:

  • Ensure pastors will uphold the theological and moral standards of ECO
  • Ensure pastors embrace the missional vision of ECO, desiring to minister boldly in a post-denominational environment
  • Ensure that a thorough process does not distract pastors from their primary call: to make disciples of Jesus Christ

Pastor Application Process: 

  1. Request an ECO application packet via email from
  2. Study the values, theology, and polity of ECO to discern if ECO is an appropriate denominational home.
  3. Complete and return the application via email to
  4. Pay for the background check fee via credit/debit card by calling Shelby Murphy at (805) 201-9019.
  5. Alternatively, you can mail the application and background payment (check made to ECO) to: ECO Office, 5638 Hollister Avenue Suite 210, Goleta, CA 93117.
  6. Meet with an ECO liaison who will review the application and any potential questions.
  7. Meet with members of the Commission on Assimilation.
  8. Submit your application to the ECO Board for approval.
  9. Sign contracts for health and retirement benefits package.
  10. Being Ordained by ECO.