Resources

Resources are available for churches, pastors, and leadership in the Central Conference as an introduction for further conversation or as supplemental tools for pursuing healthy missional ministry in this region.

The Central Conference develops and delivers several kinds of resources to member churches, including those found here. We strive to provide relevant and accessible resources to all, and encourage you to call the Central Conference office at (773) 267-3060 or the Covenant Resource Center at (800) 338-IDEA/4332 for more resource ideas.

Documents

  • Basis for Women in Ministry | This document prepared by the Evangelical Covenant Church provides a biblical basis for women in ministry. (download pdfs here)
  • Central Conference Constitution and Bylaws | Click here to download our Constitution and our Bylaws. (Amended in 2015)
  • Communication and Care | Developed for the Central Conference of the ECC – Pastoral Relations and Mutual Ministry Committees. (download pdf here)
  • Ethical Principles for Covenant Ministers | Developed by the Ethics Committee and the Board of the Ministry of The Covenant Ministerium, this document outlines ethical principles for all Covenant ministers. (download pdf here)
  • Guidelines for a Sabbatical Leave | This document is an introduction to the definition of a sabbatical leave and tips on preparations for a sabbatical leave for ministers. (download pdf here)
  • Ministerial Association of the Central Conference of the ECC Constitution and Bylaws |
  • Pastoral Relations Committee Guidelines | A guidebook for the relationship between pastor and congregation, including mutual ministry reviews and compensation parameters. (download pdf here)
  • Pastoral Search Committee Material | This sample packet assists congregations in the process of conducting a pastoral search. (Download: PSC Material)
  • Position on the Practice of Baptism | This document prepared by the Evangelical Covenant Church outlines the church’s position on baptism. (download pdf here)
  • Response to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct | Developed by the Central Conference Committee on Ministerial Care, this policy gives due process to a difficult subject. (download pdf here)
  • Central Conference Executive Board | The Central Conference exists to serve its congregations, to unite them in common mission, to make known the good news of saving faith in Jesus Christ, to encourage a Christlike life among its congregations and their members, and to carry out Christ’s redeeming work of love, mercy and justice in the world. (download CC Board Member Description)

Forms

  • Training Needs Assessment Form | Churches interested in having the Central Conference provide training classes and workshops may print this form to outline their needs for training. Completed forms should be mailed to Deborah Griffith, Director of Ministry Development at the Central Conference office. (download pdf here)
  • Volunteer Leadership Application | Individuals interested in serving the ministries of the Central Conference through a board, commission, or committee may print this form and mail it to the Central Conference office. (download pdf here)

 Covenant Churches Serving Globally:

If your church is supporting missionaries, supporting ministries in communities or villages in other countries or a group from your church takes a short-term mission trip from time to time; your church is Serving Globally!  If your church wants to serve globally and don’t know how or where to start, feel free to contact the Conference office, Denomination or one of the churches stated below:

  1. Grace Covenant Church, Chicago – Mexico, France, Russia and England
  2. New Community Covenant Church – Zambia, China and Colombia
  3. Hope Covenant Church, Orland Park – Japan and through sowhope.org
  4. Batavia Covenant Church – Russia, Mexico, Ecuador and Eastern Europe
  5. New Zion Christian Covenant – Ghana West Africa
  6. Evangelical Covenant, Belvidere – Colombia, Congo, Japan, Russia and Canada
  7. Edgebrook Covenant – Thailand, Mexico, Spain and Belgium
  8. Church of the Good Shepherd – Japan, Ecuador and Braille
  9. Northwest Covenant – Ecuador
  10. Oakdale Covenant – Cameroon and South Africa
  11. Evangelical Covenant Church South Bend – Mexico, Congo, Kenya and Alaska
  12. Fountain of Life – Zimele – South Africa and COCINA – Haiti
  13. 1st Covenant, Iron Mountain – Colombia, Belgium, Mexico, Republican of Zaire, Spain and Estonia
  14. New Community Covenant Bronzeville -Ecuador

Covenant Children’s Ministry        

CCM

  • Covenant Children’s Ministries continues to work in the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church and beyond through their grant programs. (learn more here)
  • Attention Covenant churches of the Central Conference!  If you have a program or are planning a program that addresses the needs of “at risk” children and youth, we have a funding opportunity for you! Click (CCM Program Grant Announcement) to learn more!

Legal Issues:

  • Micah Legal Aid | A group of volunteer attorneys dedicated to serving the needs of the poor and working poor residents of Logan Square. Make an appointment or stop by for advice or referrals to legal service agencies or attorneys. (download pdf here)
  • ICIRR | Dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.Need help? Call our family support hotline:

 1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY    (1-855-435-7693)
English/Spanish/Korean/Polish
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Housing:

  • Covenant Retirement Communities | There are 14 Senior Living Communities Nationwide. Discover the possibilities of your retirement at our Covenant Retirement Communities. Experience retirement the way it was meant to be. There are senior living options such as: Continuing Care Retirement, Residential Independent Living, and Assisted Living.

Financial Services:

  • Covenant Trust Company® | CTC is a non-depository trust company who provide trustee services and asset management for individuals and organizations nationwide. The owner-shareholders of Covenant Trust Company are Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, North Park University, and Evangelical Covenant Church. Covenant Trust Company is your financial services partner for: Trustee Services, Asset Managment, Retirement Planning and Legacy Planning. (Click here for details)

Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction:

  • Agave Studio For Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction  | Agave Studio provides resources to engage the mystery of the human journey through psychotherapy, spiritual direction and body therapies. Agave Studio works from a holistic model of wellness to address issues concerning both mind and body and addresses different areas that include issues of mood, culture, sexuality, spiritually, relationships, anxiety, depression, transitions, grief/loss, and trauma.abuse. (click here for more information)