Identity | Who We Are
The East Coast Conference is a movement of God, organized in 1889 by an immigrant people with a spiritual heritage as Mission Friends. Now a multi-cultural communion of Evangelical Covenant congregations, we are gathered by God, united in Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Territory | Where do we serve?
The conference is called to carry out our mission to the peoples in twelve east coast states and the District of Columbia: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, eastern New York, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.
Mission | What must we do?
Believing we are a movement of God, the mission of the Conference is to:
- Multiply congregations, by planting new missional churches
- Orchestrate ministries, by connecting district churches for shared ministry & mission
- Vitalize congregations, by coaching pastors and church leaders to embrace renewal
- Empower leaders, by building a culture of trustworthy Christian leadership
Vision 2020 | What will this look like in 2020?
- 100+ vital congregations growing deeper in Christ and further in mission;
Update: By 2020 we will grow to & support 120 churches;
- Dozens of new churches planted and growing in every state and the District of Columbia;
Update: By 2020 our healthy churches will plant 50 new churches;
- 5,000 new followers of Jesus being discipled and serving Christ in our churches;
Update: By 2020 we will be known distinctively as disciple making churches;
- Our churches doubling the number of people they now serve outside their congregation;
Update: By 2020 we will be known by the distinctives of generosity and compassion in our communities and around the world;
- A new generation of believers raised up who embody the love, grace and justice of Jesus;
Update: By 2020 we will effectively resources churches in developing children’s, youth, young adult and marriage & family ministries;
- Growing ethnic and cultural diversity and inclusion within and among our churches;
Update: By 2020 we will reflect 50% diversity within the Conference;
- Churches and districts partnering in local ministries and global mission;
Update: By 2020 we will orchestrate 6 regional ministry networks;
- Regionally expanded Christian camping and spiritual retreat ministries;
Update: By 2020 we will establish a Conference camping and retreat ministry in the southern half of the Conference