Northern Theological Seminary, author, and founder of the Transforming Center
spoke on “Soul Care”, “compassion fatigue”, and the need for “solitude”, mostly
directed at the pastors present.
Eugene Cho, pastor and author, spoke
on mutual spurring to bring people into the kingdom. Eugene has a book coming out: Thou
Shalt Not Be a Jerk.
Sameh Maurice encouraged the church to
action and sacrificial service with stories of his church, Kasr El Dobara
Church Evangelical Church, the largest church in Egypt (12,000 members).
Dana Allin, Synod Executive.
- ECO plans to plant 1000 churches and micro expressions of church by
2030. Need 1000 vocational leaders and 10,000 lay leaders to do this. The main goal is impact for the kingdom of
- ECO has a Church
Transformation Cohort which has shown to increase church attendance by 10%
average in 1 year. Paul Borden is the
principal who works with congregations. eco-pres.org/church-transformation
Lisa Johnson, ECO director of leadership
Development - and Jamie’s Commissioned Lay Pastor (CLP) facilitator. Quality of CLP students has been
excellent. Have been 8 pastors
facilitating 9 cohorts of students. 32
have completed the program, 50 are in process, and 20 are pending a start. Anyone in ECO can join in the CLP program.
CLP curriculum and certification program is based upon ECO’s Ten Core
Leadership Competencies. Two
certifications offered: CLP 1 and CLP 2 (CLP 2 includes CLP 1 and seminary
Kaitlyn Wood, Pastor at the United Church
of Cohoes, Cohoes, NY - Told of how they made great changes to their dying
church to adjust to the community needs.
Removed pews to make multipurpose space.
Reduced staff and board of elders.
Increased volunteer staff.
They have had many baptisms,
confessions of faith, increased membership from 90 to 124 so far, and stabilized
NOTE: All main sessions from the national Gathering
were recorded and will be on the website by the end of February at econationalgathering.org
worship - Amazing worship music by
recording artists and worship leaders --- Shane
& Shane! Worship music was also
led by Ashley Irons and her praise
team from Dallas.