Fundamental Beliefs

Our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call “Covenant Affirmations”:

We affirm the centrality of the word of God.

We affirm the necessity of the new birth.

We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.

We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.

We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.

We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.


Four engines that drive our vitality

Scripture: empowered by God’s thoughts (His Word)

Intimacy with God: empowered by the indwelling of God (His Spirit)

Evangelism and Compassion: empowered by the purposes of God (His Mission)

Compelling Christian Community: empowered by the family of God (His People)


Four Commitments

Biblical – We are committed to the Bible as holding the answers for daily living.

Devotional – We are committed to connecting hearts to God and helping people grow in their relationship with Christ.

Connectional – We build relationships within the local church that build disciples.  And we partner together as a Covenant of churches to better impact our shared mission field.

Missional – We are committed to helping believers and churches reach the world for Christ.


Evangelical Covenant Church

Evangelical – Good News

In some churches, you mainly hear bad news — about how bad you are, how bad the world is, and you leave feeling worse. In other churches, you just hear good advice.

Instead, we focus more on the good news — which is found in God’s Word, the Bible, and which came to us in Jesus, God’s Son. He is our Savior, our Lord and Friend. That’s the best news of all!  (John 3:16-18)

Covenant – God’s Friends

We’re a fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ. People “come for the light, and stay for the warmth.” They understand from God’s Word how to become God’s friends through faith in Jesus Christ (John 15:14,15). And, they are encouraged through the care, the love and through study with godly friends — so together we all grow in Christ.

Church – Better Together

We are made for fellowship with God and with His people. None of us is perfect; we need each other. We stand in the long line of Christians down through the centuries who minister God’s love to one another and to the world.

Dearborn Covenant is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world.

Read more about the denomination:

Who we Are

Core Beliefs

What we Do