We are a member church of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a denomination of more than 750 churches in the United States and Canada. The Covenant has its roots in historical Christianity as it emerged in the Protestant Reformation, in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth century.

A Covenant church is:

• Evangelical, but not exclusive
• Biblical, but not doctrinaire
• Traditional, but not rigid
• Congregational, but not independent
Covenant churches emphasize the following “affirmations” as important pieces of our life together:

1. The centrality of the Word of God, the Old and New Testaments, as the powerful and living Word that shapes our lives.

2. The necessity of new birth for entrance into God’s kingdom, and the importance of continuing growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

3. The church as a fellowship of believers, characterized by sharing in the new life in Christ; membership is open by confession of faith in Jesus Christ, regardless of class, race, education, wealth, or prestige.

4. A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit, who with the Father and the Son calls the church into being, empowers its witness, guides its mission, and supplies the gifts needed by the church and its members to serve and glorify God.

5. The reality of freedom in Christ, which allows for differences of opinion in matters of interpretation, doctrine, and practice within the contexts of biblical guidelines, historical Christianity, and the responsibilities and disciplines of a loving Christian community.

To learn more about the Covenant Affirmations, please visit:

http://www.covchurch.org/affirmations