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Grace Presbyterian of Conway

How ECO Began

In the summer of 2010, seven pastors from the Presbyterian Church (USA) spoke of finding new ways to encourage each other in faith, ministry, and mission. They were concerned by the declining membership within their denomination (from four million to two million in 40 years). And they worried that growing denominational disputes over theology and bureaucracy stole focus from their pastoral calling of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping a new generation to lead. These pastors dreamed of reclaiming a sense of covenanted community among leaders from a Presbyterian and Reformed heritage, and to find new ways for churches to connect, grow, and multiply.

 

In January 2011, these pastors sent out a letter to PC(USA) pastors around the country, asking if others wanted to join in crafting a new way forward. The response was overwhelming: just seven months later, in August 2011, nearly 2,000 men and women gathered in Minneapolis to dream and pray. This became the birth of The Fellowship of Presbyterians, a ministry association that seeks to equip and connect those in various Presbyterian denominations including the PC(USA). But some pastors and congregations felt God calling them to leave the PC(USA), and many young seminarians were looking for a different context for ordination. As a result, in January 2012, at a conference in Orlando with more than 2,200 in attendance, a new denomination was formed: ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

WE BELIEVE:

  • The Bible is the inspired, authoritative, and infallible written Word of God
  • Jesus is God’s only-begotten son and is the Word of God made human
  • In the birth, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through him
  • We are saved not by our works but rather by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ
  • Jesus will come again to judge both the living and the dead
  • All glory belongs to God alone
  • In the Trinity:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
  • The Essential Tenants and Confessions of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians are reasonable expositions of our faith
  • In the sanctity of all human life
  • Marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman with God
  • We must love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as ourselves
  • We must go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded

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