Convictions & Culture
In the Central Conference, we start, strengthen, and unite churches. This is the mission we pursue together. Along with every other Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) conference, we hold six theological affirmations, our convictions. And within the Central Conference, we nurture a distinct identity, our culture. It is from these convictions and culture that we engage in the good work of planting, strengthening, and connecting churches. Our convictions and culture shape our mission.
Central Conference Convictions:
- We affirm the centrality of the Word of God.
- We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
- We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
- We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
- We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
Central Conference Culture:
- We are a relational conference.
- We are a hospitable conference.
- We are an immigrant conference.
- We are a justice-seeking conference.
- We are a courageous conference.
- We are a hopeful conference.
Throughout the Central Conference are churches that are worshipping and ministering in a wide variety of contexts. Visit even a few of these churches and you will experience a diversity of worship styles, cultures, and ministry priorities. Underlying this great diversity are the theological convictions and cultural elements that make the Central Conference a wonderfully unique and thriving place to pursue God’s mission. This resource is a way for your congregation, Sunday School Class, or small group to explore in more depth what it means to belong to a larger movement of churches that, despite our diversity, share so much in common. For each conviction and cultural element, we have invited a Central Conference leader to contribute an article and a Bible Study lesson. We have designed these to be used in a variety of manners, in whichever ways best suit the needs of your congregation.
Additionally, we’ve produced this short video that could be used to introduce the Convictions and Culture resource to your congregation.
You will notice that, while the articles are mostly the same length, the Bible studies vary slightly in style and length. Rather than edit these for uniformity, we chose to let the preference and disposition of the contributors shine through these studies. We hope this will be a helpful resource for your congregation. We welcome your feedback and would love to hear how you use these articles and studies are received within your unique context.
On behalf of the Central Conference Staff, David Swanson
Director of Church Planting and Pastor of New Community Covenant Church, Bronzeville
Convictions & Cultures Bible Study Lessons
You have a choice to download a complete version of all the bible study lessons or individually:
Conviction & Culture Complete Version: Part 1-12
Part 1: We affirm the centrality of the Word of God.
Part 2: We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
Part 3: We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
Part 4: We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
Part 5: We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
Part 6: We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
Part 7: We are a relational conference.
Part 8: We are a hospitable conference.
Part 9: We are an immigrant conference.
Part 10: We are a justice-seeking conference.
Part 11: We are a courageous conference.
Part 12: We are a hopeful conference.