We covenant to cultivate a community of worship committed to prayer, preaching and study of the Word of God, the celebration of the sacraments, and fellowship across gender, race, age, culture, and class. In so doing, we covenant 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. Put simply: Experiencing, Engaging and Extending the love of Jesus.
Excelsior Covenant is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a denomination that values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and an importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world.
Excelsior Covenant is an evangelical church. We look to the Bible as our authority, and profess the absolute necessity of a new birth. We proclaim Christ's mandate to evangelize the world, plant new churches, and emphasize the continuing need for education and formation within a Christian community. We have a passion for mission and many of our young people have gone on to serve in full-time ministry as pastors and missionaries. ECC also shares in the Church's responsibility for benevolence and the advancement of justice in our community and around the world.
Excelsior Covenant is a multi-generational church, and values worshiping, learning, growing and serving together. Parents and children worship together on Sundays, serve together on mission trips, play and reflect together at our Winter Retreat, and minister together through Feed My Starving Children, TreeHouse, Pine Ridge mission, and Vacation Bible School. With a strong children and youth ministry, ECC attracts families where they can connect with peers and with all generations in meaningful ways.
Our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant Affirmations. We affirm:
- the centrality of the Word of God
- the necessity of the new birth
- a commitment to the whole mission of the church
- the Church as a fellowship of believers
- a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit
- the reality of freedom in Christ
The Evangelical Covenant Church of America has its roots in historical Christianity as it emerged in the Protestant Reformation, in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth-century.