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Glen Ellyn Covenant Church emphasizes a deep commitment to the following:

1. Confessing Jesus Christ as Savior and seeking to follow him as Lord

2. the Bible as the inspired word of God our authority for faith, doctrine and conduct

3. bringing the love of God to others in the form of prayer, encouragement, and service to the poor and marginalized

4. building lasting bonds of companionship on our journeys of faith

We are a proud member church of the movement known as the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), whose roots are in the revival movements of the Swedish Lutheran Church, brought to the United States in the second half of the 19th century. Simply put, the Covenant Church consists of followers of Jesus Christ, joining together to do the work of Christ in the world. For this reason, the ECC has often been described as

  • evangelical but not exclusive
  • biblical but not doctrinaire
  • traditional but not rigid
  • congregational but not independent
  • As Covenant people, we value the ancient creeds of the Christian Church, particularly the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. But we also view all statements of faith to be secondary to the Scriptures themselves. As a Covenant church, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call the Covenant Affirmations:

  • We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
  • We affirm the necessity of 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.
  • These affirmations have been a centering basis for how we think and act as a congregation, though they are not a formal doctrinal statement. To view a brief video about the Covenant Affirmations, CLICK HERE.

    While this description may help you to understand our basic beliefs, the best way to get to know who we are and what we believe is in the context of worship. For in worship we gather together, hear and proclaim God's word, respond to the word (with communion on the first Sunday of each month), and are sent out to love and serve our world in Christ's name. Worship is central to who we are as a body of believers.

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