The mission of our denomination (ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) is “to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.” So to be a disciple and make disciples of Jesus Christ is at ECO’s core. ECO was founded in 2012 as an offshoot of the Presbyterian Church, USA.
Theologically, ECO is evangelical (centered in Jesus Christ and strongly valuing the authority of the Bible) and Reformed (based in John Calvin’s teachings on God’s sovereignty). You can read more about ECO’s statement of faith and core values which can be summarized using the three words: biblical, missional and relational.
ECO seeks to spark a movement more than a denomination and is focused on serving local congregations rather than build a large denominational infrastructure. ECO currently has over 270 churches across the country, which are geographically subdivided into groupings of 10-20 churches called presbyteries
Some distinctive traits of ECO include a commitment to church planting, a priority on leadership development, and an affirmation of women in leadership.