The Evangelical Covenant Church

The Evangelical Covenant Church

5101 N. Francisco Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Attesting Officer
Gary Walter
President


Media Contact
Donald L. Meyer

41.974468, -87.699853


The Evangelical Covenant Church has its roots in historic Christianity as it emerged during the Protestant Reformation, in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran State Church of Sweden and in the great spiritual awakenings of the 19th century.
The Covenant Church adheres to the affirmations of the Protestant Reformation regarding the Holy Scriptures, believing that the Old and the New Testament are the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. It has traditionally valued the historic confessions of the Christian church, particularly the Apostles' Ethe Nicene Creed, while at the same time emphasizing the sovereignty of the Word over all creedal interpretations. It has especially cherished the pietistic restatement of the doctrine of justification by faith as basic to its dual task of evangelism and Christian nurture. It recognizes the New Testament emphasis upon personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the reality of a fellowship of believers which acknowledges but transcends theological differences, and the belief in baptism and the Lord's Supper as divinely ordained sacraments of the church.
While the denomination has traditionally practiced the baptism of infants, in conformity with its principle of freedom it has also recognized the practice of believer baptism. The principle of personal freedom, so highly esteemed by the Covenant, is to be distinguished from the individualism that disregards the centrality of the Word of God and the mutual responsibilities and disciplines of the spiritual community.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2006
114,283
158,200
0
114,283
783
2003
105,956
138,183
0
105,956
734
2000
101,003
130,000
28,997
101,003
800
1999
98,526
117,061
0
98,526
636
1998
96,552
0
0
96,552
628
1997
93,414
0
0
93,414
622
1995
91,458
0
0
91,458
0
1993
89,511
0
0
89,511
597
1992
89,648
0
0
89,648
596
1991
89,648
0
0
89,648
596
1990
89,735
0
0
89,735
590
1989
89,014
0
0
89,014
592
1988
87,750
0
0
87,750
584
1987
86,741
0
0
86,741
575
1986
86,079
0
0
86,079
570
1985
85,150
0
0
85,150
566
1984
84,185
0
0
84,185
561
1983
82,943
0
0
82,943
554
1982
81,324
0
0
81,324
550
1981
79,523
0
0
79,523
542
1980
77,737
0
0
77,737
539
1979
76,092
0
0
76,092
529
1978
74,678
0
0
74,678
520
1977
74,060
0
0
74,060
515
1976
73,458
0
0
73,458
512
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2006
1,486
347
0
1,833
2003
589
342
0
1,297
2000
679
369
211
1,259
1999
607
385
185
1,177
1998
607
385
185
1,177
1997
565
0
0
1,110
1993
551
0
0
992
1992
542
0
0
1,028
1991
542
0
0
1,028
1990
824
0
0
1,267
1989
821
0
0
1,264
1988
836
0
0
1,260
1987
518
0
0
973
1986
517
0
0
930
1985
502
0
0
912
1984
492
0
0
900
1983
473
0
0
863
1982
465
0
0
847
1981
473
0
0
818
1980
502
0
0
803
1979
481
0
0
770
1978
477
0
0
751
1977
453
0
0
716
1976
451
0
0
717
1975
430
0
0
704
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2006
750
10,701
95,321
106,022
2003
748
10,373
92,395
102,768
2000
725
1,027
86,753
88,780
1999
577
9,483
83,653
93,136
1998
577
9,483
83,653
93,136
1997
540
0
0
88,924
1993
498
0
0
76,744
1992
0
0
0
77,903
1991
514
0
0
77,903
1990
506
0
0
76,923
1989
515
0
0
72,866
1988
532
0
0
74,922
1987
539
0
0
73,854
1986
524
0
0
71,424
1985
523
0
0
72,025
1984
516
0
0
69,967
1983
504
0
0
69,492
1982
505
0
0
69,740
1981
496
0
0
69,134
1980
491
0
0
66,443
1979
486
0
0
64,976
1978
509
0
0
64,577
1977
493
0
0
65,772
1976
491
0
0
68,206
1975
464
0
0
67,766
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2006
$25,232,786
$292,000,000
$267,000,000
2004
$23,226,589
$267,000,000
$244,000,000
2003
$22,644,569
$257,000,000
$234,000,000
2002
$22,644,569
$257,000,000
$234,000,000
2000
$23,237,513
$185,000,000
$161,000,000
1998
$20,134,436
$161,000,000
$141,000,000
1997
$20,462,435
$148,000,000
$128,000,000
1995
$17,565,085
$111,000,000
$92,970,066
1993
$16,482,315
$96,223,815
$79,741,500
1991
$16,598,656
$90,753,171
$74,154,515
1990
$15,601,475
$86,170,275
$70,568,800
1989
$15,206,265
$81,791,479
$66,585,214
1988
$14,471,178
$79,391,637
$64,920,459
1987
$14,636,000
$75,685,703
$61,049,703
1986
$14,374,707
$72,003,279
$57,628,572
1985
$13,828,030
$68,547,339
$54,719,309
1984
$11,243,908
$62,857,301
$51,613,393
1983
$10,615,909
$57,013,643
$46,397,734
1982
$8,830,793
$51,430,402
$42,599,609
1981
$8,689,918
$46,574,710
$37,884,792
1980
$10,031,072
$43,222,394
$33,191,322
1979
$9,400,074
$39,387,358
$29,987,284
1978
$8,017,623
$34,218,331
$26,200,708
1977
$7,240,548
$30,771,724
$23,531,176
1976
$6,898,871
$28,350,415
$21,451,544