The mission of “A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians” (ECO) is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.
ECO is committed to a clearly-articulated, Christ-centered theology that propels our ministry and mission.
A Common Theological Core
One of the founding principles of ECO was uniting pastors and congregations around a common theological core. The goal is not to be same-minded, but like-minded. We affirm that theological consensus around certain essentials is foundational for a healthy denomination. As a covenant community, our unity derives from a clearly-articulated theology that is Christ-centered, Reformed, and evangelical.
The ECO Constitution, included in our polity document, outlines our behavioral and theological essentials and requires that all officers “receive, adopt, and be bound by” these essentials tenets.
Five Important Shifts For Our Future Development
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,“what are the road blocks keeping our churches and leaders fromflourishing?” We brainstormed lot of different items and then tried to categorize all the information into a few themes. What we came up with are five shifts we feel are important in the lives of our churches. Some shifts will be more relevant to some congregations than others but, as a whole, these are important shifts for us all to make as we move forward as an ECO community and fulfill our mission.