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e-News • September 2019 •
Living Into Our Shared Vision

On August 25, First Covenant in Salina, KS, celebrated the baptism of 12 disciples! On September 1, First Covenant in Omaha, NE, celebrated the baptism of 3 disciples! We are grateful for the ministries of these churches as they continue to grow disciples in their individual contexts.

We would love to share stories and photos from your church's baptism service in our various communications. Please send baptism stories and photos to so we can join you in celebrating the work God is doing in the lives of his disciples!

The MWC will host its first annual Journey to Mosaic out of Denver on February 20-23, 2020. The Journey to Mosaic experience looks at the history and legacy of racial injustice in our geographic region. It is similar in format to our Sankofa Journey, but rather than focusing on the African American/white experience, a Journey to Mosaic attempts to consider the broader spectrum of race relations in the Midwest Conference. We are pleased to announce that our guides for the journey will be Dominique DuBois Gilliard, Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the ECC and award-winning author, and Cheryl Lynn Cain, a bicultural and bilingual pastor at Good Shepherd Covenant Church in Joliet, IL. Pricing and registration coming soon!

Sankofa Lives on Through Relationships
Since sponsoring a Sankofa trip every fall in the MWC, ongoing ethnically diverse relationships have developed and deepened. One group of Sankofa alums has been meeting together monthly to get to know each other and talk about next steps in their community. This group developed after two Sankofa friends who were already connecting monthly to share their lives thought there should be something more.
Vickie Guillot and Patty Thompson came together with the idea of gathering all those in the Salina area that have experienced Sankofa for conversation and brainstorming. The racially diverse group consists of 5-8 people who meet together monthly. A question about race is posed for conversation and some time is spent on next steps.
These gatherings have allowed honest, authentic conversation. One member of the group says, “The conversations are tough and poke us in necessary places to help uncover our ingrained biases and better understand life for a person of color.

The group recently met with the Salina Superintendent of Schools to share about Sankofa, hear what’s happening in school district with regards to race, and explore how we can partner to increase education and awareness. As a result, a date was confirmed for an expanded group gathering that includes the Superintendent, where challenging questions will be posed and conversation will continue. What will happen after that meeting? The Sankofa group is not sure but they are willing to take the next step to see where the Spirit leads.

Our 2020 MWC Sankofa Journey is scheduled for November 5-8, 2020. We encourage churches to share these dates with your congregations so interested individuals can begin planning early. Trip fee is $450/person, and facilitators will be Nilwona Nowlin and David Swanson. Registration to open in early 2020.

Called by God: How do we dismantle the stained glass ceiling?
The Covenant Companion recently published the first article in a two-part series focusing on female Covenant clergy. MWC Superintendent Tammy Swanson-Draheim, Associate Pastor Mary Peterson of First Covenant Omaha, and Pastor Cath Kaminski, a church planter in Lincoln, NE, lent their voices to the conversation. From the article:

Swanson-Draheim, who also chairs the Council of Superintendents, says when Christians preclude women from living into their calls to lead and pastor churches, we limit the power of the gospel.

"You will hear occasionally people say this is not essential, or they will put it in the category of a 'woman’s issue,'" Swanson-Draheim says. "It's a gospel issue—the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we relegate it to some category of nonessential, then people can treat it in an entirely different manner."

[Peterson] came to recognize, however, that churches that do not allow women to lead or preach are "missing out on the voices that originally proclaimed that Jesus is alive. They're missing out on hearing the woman at the well go back to her town and say, 'Look what I found!' They're missing the timbre of those stories. I think they're missing out on seeing how God calls all of us in unique ways. Leaders are not just white males with goatees and plaid shirts, you know?"

We can't assume hearing from women in the pulpit is a box we can just check, says Kaminski. "We can't say, 'Well, we had a
woman do this, so we’re all set,' Or, 'We've had four women in the pulpit, so we’re done.'" She emphasizes the value of preparing congregations to expand their view.


Read the full article here

*To learn how you can get involved with the Lincoln church plant, connect with Cath at

Exploring Call
Have you noticed gifted women in your congregation who may be called to ministry? Affirm them and offer them an opportunity to explore their call at one of our Exploring Call Retreats. We will be offering Exploring Call for Students, February 14-16, 2020, at Arvada Covenant in Arvada, CO, and another Exploring Call Retreat in spring 2020. Contact Patty Thompson at with questions.

Youth Worker Connection | January 24-27

Legacy Children’s Worker Connection | January 24-27

Midwinter | January 27-31

Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare | Rosemont, IL
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018

DATE CORRECTION: Please note that alternate Midwinter dates have appeared in various ECC publications and mailings. Moving forward, be sure to use the above dates in planning for Midwinter 2020. Registration opening soon. We look forward to connecting with you!

ECC Disability Ministry

The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to network, educate, and resource Covenant churches so that persons with disabilities and their families are effectively served and fully included in the life and ministries of the ECC and their local communities. Click here to learn more about the resources available to churches and families through the ECC's Disability Ministry. You can also join their group on Facebook.

Did you know...

A lot is happening in the Midwest Conference. Catch up on recent changes and events below!

On September 1, Jael and Marty Boeschling were installed as co-pastors at Community Covenant in Omaha. We are excited for the congregation and the Boeschlings as they partner in this next season of the church's ministry!

Staff Transitions
We wish to welcome the following individuals to the Midwest Conference:
  • Ryan Howell, Lead Pastor, Crossroads Covenant, Loveland, CO
  • Josh Ostermann, Worship Director, The Well Covenant, Des Moines, IA
  • Lane Grone, Pastor, ECC, Wausa, NE
We celebrate with the following individuals transitioning to new roles within the conference:
  • Perry Creede, Associate Pastor of Care & Support, Crossroads Covenant, Loveland, CO
We are thankful to the following individuals for their service to the Midwest Conference and pray God's blessing over them as they transition out of their roles:
  • Laurette Hoagland, Pastor of Children & Families, Crossroads Church of Greeley, Greeley, CO
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From Our Superintendent


Fall is a busy time in the life of the church, and this is true at the conference level, as well! In October alone, pastors and ministry staff will connect at fall retreats, women from throughout the conference will gather to explore a call to ministry, license and ordination candidates will present their papers, and 30+ individuals will journey together on Sankofa. Each of these opportunities provides connection and growth for the leaders and disciples among us. God is doing great things in the Midwest Conference, and we are grateful for your partnership in turning vision into reality!

To God be the glory!



We invite you to consider a special gift for the mission of the Midwest Conference. Visit Midwest Conference Donations.

Prayer Calendar

Download the July-October 2019 Prayer Calendar, also available on our website.

Church Planting Prayer Update

Download the Church Planting Prayer Update to be in prayer for established and gathering church planters. 

Covenant World Relief

Through disaster relief and community development, Covenant World Relief partners in the transformation of individuals, families, and communities. Your generous giving enables us to continue serving the poor, the powerless and the marginalized throughout the world.

Did you know that up to 50% of your church's giving to the denomination can be designated to specific ECC ministry priorities and mission opportunities, such as Covenant World Relief? We invite you to consider giving to areas of ministry that reflect the heart of your church's ministry!

Covenant Orientation 

Click here for upcoming classes and registration.

Upcoming Events

Fall Pastor Retreats
Oct 1-3
Carol Joy Holling
Ashland, NE

Oct 7-9 
Franciscan Retreat Center
Colorado Springs, CO

Exploring Call
Oct 14-16
Franciscan Retreat Center
Colorado Springs, CO

Oct 24-27
Leaving out of KC

Midwinter 2020
Jan 27-31
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

Exploring Call for Students
Feb 14-16, 2020
Arvada Cov
Arvada, CO

Journey to Mosaic
Feb 20-23, 2020

Called, Gifted, Here to Stay
Mar 3-5, 2020
Carol Joy Holling
Ashland, NE

Annual Ministry Celebration 2020
Apr 24-25
Christ Comm Cov
Arvada, CO

Gather 2020
Jun 25-27
Arizona Grand
Phoenix, AZ

Sankofa 2020
Nov 5-8
Leaving out of KC

Israel/Palestine Journey
Jun 7-18, 2021

MWC Youth Ministry

If you are a youth worker in the MWC and have not been receiving communication from Jim Eaton, please email to be added to the list.

Employment Opportunities

Seeking employment? See if any of these opportunities within the denomination are right for you.

Executive Director
Covenant Cedars Bible Camp
Hordville, NE
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