The Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada was founded in 1904 in Winnipeg, Manitoba by Swedish immigrants who had a passion for God's Word; for those who did not yet know God personally through Jesus Christ; for gathering to worship and for getting together with one another.
The Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada, a denomination in Canada, and a regional conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is a community of churches in covenant with God and one another. We single-mindedly confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and the Bible as the Word of God, the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. As a family of churches, we enjoy diversity in all other matters of faith and practice, refusing to let them divide us or detract from our common mission.
The Evangelical Covenant Church is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in Canada and the United States with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
The Evangelical Covenant Church is:
- Evangelical, but not exclusive
- Biblical, but not doctrinaire
- Traditional, but not rigid
- Congregational, but not independent
We are united by Christ in a holy covenant of churches empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the great commandments and the great commission: to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to go into all the world and make disciples.
Vision for Mission
- to cultivate communities of worship committed to: prayer, preaching, and study of the word; the celebration of the sacraments; and fellowship across gender, race, age, culture, and class.
- to equip loving, giving, growing Christians to reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ – evangelizing the lost, ministering to those in need, and seeking justice for the oppressed.
Our Ministry Priorities:
Make & Deepen Disciples
The Great Commission records Jesus’ instruction to us to GO MAKE disciples and to GO TEACH them to follow him. We hold evangelism and discipleship closely together. Discipleship never comes down to one event or one program; rather it is about a closer walk with Jesus Christ. Read more...
Start & Strengthen Churches
Why start churches? Jesus commissioned his followers to go and make disciples: Mission and Spiritual Formation. Jesus calls us to make disciples, and his chosen vehicle for doing so is the local church. As a conference we also have a strong commitment to strengthen churches. The congregational vitality pathway is a process designed to help our existing churches with an on-site healthy missional check up, but also provide the follow-up support and resources for each local church to take next steps in moving toward becoming a healthy missional church. Read more...
The ECCC is committed to developing clergy and lay leaders. One avenue for this is through a grant the ECCC provides called Vantage Point 3 (VP3). Pastor Evan Dewald has this to say: “As a pastor, I'm excited to be moving forward with the VP3 approach to leadership development this fall because I believe the reflective practices that are taught are some of the most important practices a follower of Jesus can have. We are a drawn deeper into the big story of God when we spend the time to understand ourselves, understand Jesus and understand those around us. Read more...
Love Mercy, Do Justice
The Old Testament prophets spoke out and advocated for the needs of the poor and those who treated unjustly. Interestingly, most of these prophetic words were actually spoken in times of increasing prosperity. We are fortunate and blessed to live in a place where most of those reading these words have no shortage of food, clothing or shelter. We also read and are aware that deep needs exist today just as they did in the time of the biblical prophets. Read more...
The most important thing we have to offer is an invitation to experience new life in Christ. In the Bible we learn that God gives new life to any person who trusts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. A trusting personal relationship with Jesus is all that is needed to be a Christian. We invite you to contact one of our pastors.
The unique character of the Covenant is expressed in the design of the Covenant logo—people united in Christ, people serving people in God’s name, and people bringing people to Christ. The basis of the design is symbolic of four people facing north, south, east, and west. Note that each one’s arms are outstretched, indicating the church’s outreach in mission and service to the world. The four are part of the whole, yet their hands do not touch, symbolizing their unity in the freedom and evangelical warmth that characterizes the Covenant. The geometric arrangement of the four figures results in a crosslike pattern, representative of the center of our faith. The center circle symbolizes the unity and the bond of fellowship which we call “the Covenant.”
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