Connecting with the Global Church - Iranians in London

Last month, I had the privilege this month of traveling with The Outreach Foundation to learn about the Iranian church in London. The focus of the trip was on the diaspora church, meaning Iranians who left their home country, either voluntarily or involuntarily. We also learned about how God was working inside of the country of Iran through the underground house church movement, and the help of those outside of the country.

Our team heard phenomenal stories of those who came to faith in these diaspora churches. We also heard stories of those who came to faith... Read More
- ECO Synod Executive, Dana Allin

2019 National Gathering


All the details you need to know along with registration for the gathering will be available August 1.

Plan to register early as we anticipate space filling very quickly.  

Early Bird Cost (until October 31) - $195
Spouses, Students, and Small Church Pastors (budget under $100,000) - $175
Pastor's Retreat - $45 (for those attending the entire National Gathering)






We are so excited to offer a retreat just for pastors (and spouses, if applicable) right before the gathering at First Pres Colorado Springs. 
Please plan to join us for a wonderful time of worship, renewal, encouragement, connecting with others in pastoral ministry- and most of all, FUN - before we jump into the rest of the gathering. Trust us- you won't want to miss it!

Churches, please pray about making it a priority for your pastor(s) and spouse (if applicable) to join us for our pastor's retreat. 
This is a great chance to go above and beyond for your fearless, faithful leader(s). Offer to pay for childcare and for spouses to come. Save up for nice accommodations for your pastor. Join together to cover responsibilities for an extra day away while he or she is away while your pastor travels to Colorado. We're excited to go above and beyond to help our pastors leave truly refreshed, encouraged, empowered and excited for another year of ministry!  
Are you new to ECO? There is no better place to connect and learn than at our National Gathering.

 Pete was just installed as the pastor of Maple Valley PC in May and we can't wait to see him in January, along with so many more new faces who have recently joined our ECO family!

"The 2019 National Gathering in Colorado Springs, CO is already on my calendar! I am excited to bring my team with me to catch the vision of what the Lord is doing in our ECO movement."

Dr. Peter DellaSantina, Maple Valley Presbyterian Church, Maple Valley, WA




Transitional Pastors




Global Engagement

Outreach Foundation Trip Blog and Highlight

Several ECO staff joined the Outreach Foundation on a recent trip to learn more about the Pars Seminary and Iranian church community in England and Iran. Read the Trip blog for reflections by ECO staff Jen Haddox, Dana Allin, Lisa Johnson, and others on the trip:  Trip Blog
 
God is doing so much in and through the lives of those seeking Him!


Podcasts to Build your  Spiritual Leadership

- ECO Director of Mission Affinity Groups , Anna Kent

I don't know about you, but sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed by all the information available to us through various social media outlets. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. On the one hand, I can waste precious time reading through posts of my friends. On the other hand, it keeps me up-to-date on what is going on in people's lives who I may not talk to frequently, but still care about. It helps me to know how to be praying for folks, and for that, I am thankful.

One resource I have been fond of for a while is the podcast.  I enjoy listening to sermons preached from some of my peers,  or by preachers I admire as a way to improve my own preaching  skills.  Read More


ECO's California office has moved...across the hall!

If you would like to send love notes, care packages, ministry information forms, applications, checks, or visit us in person, please use the new addresses below:

*NOTE UPDATED SUITE NUMBERS*

ECO
5638 Hollister Ave. Suite 210
Goleta, CA 93117



For any Flourish related correspondence, please send to:


Flourish
5638 Hollister Ave. Suite 220
Goleta, CA 93117



Welcome New ECO Churches!


Alton Presbyterian Church, Alton, IA
Alton Presbyterian is happy to be joining with the ECO family. It has taken several years to complete this move because of various reasons (health issues particularly), but we are extremely happy to be a part of a denomination that believes that God's Word is still inerrant and infallible.  -  Harlan De Jong, Pastor






New Life Brazilian Church, The Colony, Texas
We are so honored to be part of the ECO family! We are looking forward with excitement to this new time for our Brazilian congregation in the Dallas Metroplex. We believe ECO and New Life will be strong partners for ministry in an urban, multicultural context.
Antonio Oliveira, Pastor 




First Presbyterian Church, Akron, CO
We are pleased to be joining a denomination whose essential tenets reflect the core values of our small town and rural area based congregation. 
 -  Ken Wahl, Clerk of Session






First Presbyterian Church, Otis, CO
The journey here may have seemed like it would never end at times, but thanks be to God that he is faithful. We as a church believe this is exactly where God wants us to be. And as you know, God's timing is always perfect. We look forward to serving God with our brothers and sisters of ECO as His Holy Spirit guides us to share Jesus with those we come into contact with in our respective journeys. The journey here was all God's. We just got to come along for the ride. And Praise the Lord we were invited to come along!   - Randall Feather, Pastor



 
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