Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church

What We Believe

Our place in the worldwide Christian Church...

We are an apostolic church.  We confess Jesus Christ and the faith of the apostles as recorded in the Holy Scriptures.  We believe the authority of the Bible is supreme in all matters of faith, doctrine, and conduct, and it is to be trusted.  "Where is it written?" was and is the covenant's touchstone of discussion with regard to faith and practice.

We are a catholic church.  The word catholic literally means universal.  This means we understand ourselves to be a part of the community of believers that began with Jesus's first followers, is alive today, and will continue until Christ comes again.

We are a Reformation church.  We stand in the mainstream of a church renewal movement of the sixteenth century called Protestant Reformation.  Especially important is the belief that we are saved by God's grace alone, through faith alone, not by anything that we can do.  The Covenant Church is also shaped by Pietism, a renewal movement that originated in seventeenth-century Europe and emphasized the need for a life that is personally connected to Jesus Christ, a reliance on the Holy Spirit, and a call to service in the world.

We are an evangelical church.  A series of religious awakenings flowered in Europe and America during the nineteenth century and provided rich soil for the early growth of the Covenant Church with our passion for mission.  Evangelicals historically have been characterized by a strong insistence on biblical authority, the absolute necessity of new birth, Christ's mandate to evangelize the world, the continuing need for education and formation in a Christian context, and a responsibility for benevolence and the advancement of social justice.

Our identity and call to serve Christ in the world...
For Covenant people, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call 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.

The Evangelical Covenant Church is a pilgrim church.  Until Christ comes, we worship, serve, and witness so that the whole earth may hear God's voice, learn of God's love, and experience God's joy.  If you want to learn more about the Evangelical Covenant Church the Pastor will be happy to share with you a pamphlet explaining Covenant Affirmations in more detail.