God loves partnerships.
God could do all of this redemption work on his own. And while he does all the heavy lifting, he does invite us to parter with him and has been doing so ever since Abraham. It's pretty amazing, when you think about it, that we get to partner with God himself in his work. It's kind of like a kid helping out in the kitchen, but even though we probably make as much of a mess as we do any actually helping, God is pleased to have us join him.
So, it stands to reason that we should be making similar relational and missional partnerships all over the place. And the truth is, we can't do this alone. But we don't want to either.
So, we have strong and healthy relationships with lots of the churches here in Bend, Oregon. One of our primary local partners is Journey Church, which has not only invited Pete to preach, but has invited its members to join with us in our community and mission. How many churches send their members to another local church? Pretty cool.
Here's a list of ten churches in five states (and three denominations) that have partnered with us in prayer, financial support, and relational support (linked and listed alphabetically):
Cedar Creek Church — Sherwood, OR
Escalon Presbyterian Church — Escalon, CA
Gateway Presbyterian Church — The Dalles, OR
First Presbyterian Church of Jerome — Jerome, ID
First Presbyterian Church of La Junta — La Junta, CO
Lake Grove Presbyterian Church — Lake Oswego, OR
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church — Menlo Park, CA
Oakville Presbyterian Church — Oakville, OR
The Village Church — Incline Village, NV
Westminster Presbyterian Church — Medford, OR
our national Partnership
We are part of a new network of churches called ECO, which many of the churches listed above are a part of as well.
Initially, ECO stood for Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. But because that too closely resembled another group of Christians (the Evangelical Covenant Church), it now stands for A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Here are what the parts of the name mean:
Evangelical — Please set aside political and media representations of evangelicals. Evangelical comes from the Greek word in the Bible euangelion, which simply means “good news.” To be evangelical in that sense is to be a good news person, someone who believes and shares the good news of Jesus.
Covenant — A covenant is an agreement among people who intend to live together in community. By being a part of ECO, we are committing ourselves to supporting and challenging other ECO communities while being supported and challenged by them as we together seek to live out and extend the gospel of Jesus.
Order — Rather than being a denomination, ECO is an order. A denomination is an institution. An order is a way of life. The Christian communities which make up ECO are less interested in being a denomination than in supporting one another to live a life ordered by the practices that Jesus sets out for us.
Presbyterian — Coming from the Greek word for “elder” used in the Bible (presbuteros), the term presbyterian points to our leadership structure. We aren’t congregational, making every decision by community vote. And we aren’t pastor-run, with the lead pastor making all of the decisions. We are led by a representative group of elders which includes our pastoral staff and other men and women who are chosen by our community. The other thing that the term Presbyterian points to is our theological heritage, which is strongly influenced by the Reformation and John Calvin in particular.
Beyond all that, we simply love the name ECO. It takes seriously the fact that we humans aren't just individuals, but that we take part in ecosystems — human, natural, and spiritual ecosystems. We want to love and care for and live sustainably in all of these essential ecosystems.
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