The Four “Al’s”

Who or rather what are the “Four Al’s” of the ECC?

This past Sunday, Peter Sung (Director of Church Planting for the ECC, i.e. Evangelical Covenant Church) visited New Vision as a guest speaker.   He shared a great message on prayer, but later during a Q&A time with some of our leaders, Peter referenced the four historic “Al’s” of the ECC.

At first we though he was talking about four founding fathers of the ECC who happened to all be named “Al” (wouldn’t that be weird).  Rather, these ended up being an articulation of the ECC’s core values that still hold sway today.  Here is a breakdown:

ECC’s Four AL’s

1. BiblicAL - Authority of Scripture

  • “Where is it written”
  • Lived out by study and personal transformation by the impact of the Word.

2. DevotionAL - Intimacy with God

  • “How goes your walk with Christ?”
  • Lived out by developing an intimate relationship with God

3. RelationAL - Importance of fellowship with one another

  • “I am a friend of all that fear the Lord.”
  • Lived out by realizing the unity of the Body.

4. MissionAL - Going out into the world

  • “God wants to see the lost people fond and hurting people helped.”
  • Lived out by reaching people for Christ worldwide with deeds and words of compassion and hope.

 I found it so fitting that this breakdown of the ECC’s core values so closely echo New Vision’s (which were formed way before we even looked into the ECC). 

New Vision’s Core Values:

1.  Anchored in the SCRIPTURES  (2Tim. 3:16, Ps.119)

2.  Empowered by the SPIRIT  (Eph. 5:18, Gal. 5:25)

3.  Embedded in the BODY  (Rom.12:5, 1Cor.12:12-26)

4.  Missional in the  WORLD  (Matt.28:19-20, Acts 1:8)

There were many of places where we felt a great resonance with the heart and ways of the ECC; making us look all the more forward to our coming adoption and partnership.

Well, our next ECC guest speaker will be Dave Olson, the executive minister of the Department of Church Growth and Evangelism of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC).  I’ll give you a heads up when that visit gets scheduled.


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