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COURSES

COURSES HIsTOry Covenant Orientation includes four courses designed to provide a common educational experience focusing on

HIsTOry

Covenant Orientation includes four courses designed to provide a common educational experience focusing on the Covenant’s heritage, distinctives, and mission.

39 hours of coursework

available for 3 graduate credits

THEOlOgy

39 hours of coursework

available for 3 graduate credits

MIssIOn & MInIsTry

26 hours of coursework

VOCaTIOnal ExCEllEnCE

28 hours of coursework

requires assessment work turned in prior to class sessions

All courses require preparation in the form of prereading and possible online interaction through a virtual classroom tool in order to maximize the time spent in the actual classroom setting.

Courses are under the jurisdiction of our Academic Policies, which can be found online at www.covchurch.org/ministry.

LIFE EXPERIENCES

The Covenant Life Experience component of CO

is designed to immerse pastors in the life of the

ECC. CO students must participate in at least six experiences any time during enrollment:

rEquIrEd ExpErIEnCEs (at least 1 of each)

1. Covenant annual Meeting: This includes the annual meeting of the ministerium and participation in the business sessions, either as a delegate or as a general conferee.

2. The Midwinter Conference: This may include years when CO classes are taken.

3. Conference Ministerial retreat (also called pastor/spouse retreat or fall ashram)

ElECTIVE ExpErIEnCEs (need 3)

A variety of other Covenant Life Experiences can

fulfill this requirement, including:

Service on a Conference or Denominational board, commission, or approved committee;

• Service as a Camp Pastor or on staff at CHIC;

Connection events prior to Midwinter;

Courses taught by NPTS faculty;

Several more options available at www. covchurch.org/ministry.

ADVISING RELATIONSHIP

The CO advisory relationship is designed to connect pastors with a veteran ECC pastor willing to listen to their experiences, answer their questions, lend advice, and help them become more firmly rooted

in their local Covenant context.

Please visit www.covchurch.org/ministry for more information and guidelines for the Courses, Life Experience, and
Please visit www.covchurch.org/ministry for more information and
guidelines for the Courses, Life Experience, and Advising Relationship
requirements of Covenant Orientation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will be my standing in the Evangelical Covenant Church as I go through Covenant Orientation? A minister can be licensed by the ECC, and thus fully equipped for ministry, during the orientation process.

How long do I have to complete CO? The program is designed for completion in two years. Upon request, the program may be extended to no more than 6 years.

How much does it cost? The program fee for CO is $4750. This covers a student’s involvement in the orientation studies and Midwinter registration fee if he/she takes a course during that conference. This fee may be paid up-front or in equal installments over the duration of the program.

This tuition cost does not cover additional fees such as housing, readers, books, and transportation.

Is there financial assistance available? Pastors may apply for a scholarship for 25% of the program cost; payment plans are also available.

What if my primary language is not English? Orientation classes are available in Spanish. Other language needs may be met by individual- ized learning plans. Contact the Covenant Orienta- tion office for more information.

needs may be met by individual- ized learning plans. Contact the Covenant Orienta- tion office for
needs may be met by individual- ized learning plans. Contact the Covenant Orienta- tion office for

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PROGRAM OUTLINE

THErE arE THrEE COMpOnEnTs TO COV- EnanT OrIEnTaTIOn:

OrIEnTaTIOn sTudIEs Students in Covenant Orientation take four classes in the areas of history, theology, ethics, and the mission and ministry of the Covenant. Two of the courses are available for graduate credit through North Park Theological Seminary. Courses are led by experienced Covenant faculty and are designed to explore topics from a distinctly Covenant perspective. Courses are offered during the Covenant Midwinter Conference and at other venues around the country throughout the year, making them accessible to students serving in a wide range of locations and ministries.

COVEnanT lIfE ExpErIEnCEs Six Covenant Life Experiences, such as attending the Covenant Annual Meeting and the Covenant Midwinter Conference, help students share in the breadth and depth of ministry in the ECC.

COllEgIalITy Each student establishes an advising relationship with a veteran Covenant pastor. This relationship is designed to provide opportunities to meet other colleagues and to reflect on life and ministry in the Evangelical Covenant Church with those of long experience.

WHY COVENANT ORIENTATION?

The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) has historically placed a high priority on the education of its clergy. Covenant Orientation (CO) enables pastors to be in ministry while learning about the theology, history and expectations of the denomination. For a pastor to be credentialed (li- censed, commissioned or ordained) by the ECC, he or she must complete a year of Residential Orien- tation at North Park Theological Seminary, Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos, or complete Cov- enant Orientation. CO, as outlined in this brochure, offers these important benefits to Covenant pastors and congregations:

Accountability to the denomination;

• Fulfilling the orientation requirement for credentialing set by the Board of the Ordered Ministry;

Increasing pastors’ knowledge and appreciation of Covenant distinctives and theology;

Connecting pastors more fully to the Covenant fellowship;

• Offering practical tools for fruitful ministry in the Covenant context.

Since 1996, CO has prepared more than 400 pastors for ministry in the ECC, benefiting
Since 1996, CO has prepared more than 400
pastors for ministry in the ECC, benefiting hundreds
of churches all over the world.
MORE INFORMATION
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1-888-COV-PROG
www.covchurch.org/ministry
covenant.orientation@covchurch.org
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