ABOUT


OUR VISION


To catalyze a movement of gospel-centered, healthy, contextualized, missional church plants throughout the United States.


OUR VALUES



GOSPEL CENTERED

Our desire is to see new churches planted where the good news of God’s grace through Jesus saturates, motivates, empowers every believer so that our world would be transformed and restored to the way God intended.

SPIRITUALLY & EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY

Our desire is to see church plants that are marked by deep intimacy with Christ, where prayer and God's Word is central to the life of the church, and informs every aspect of life.  As well, our desire is to church plants where people can feel safe to be vulnerable with one another; where pastors, leaders, and lay people experience emotional health.

CONTEXTUAL

Our desire is to see church plants that are  flexible, creative, and open to diverse methods, models, and strategies so that they fit the context and culture of their location.

MISSIONAL

We desire church plants to grow as a result of missional living and outreach instead of simply by transfer growth.


OUR STRATEGY


PRAYER

Movements can’t be manufactured. It is the work of God’s Spirit through the prayers of God’s people. 


MULTIPLE MODELS & METHODS

One size doesn’t t all when it comes to church planting. We need to be exible and utilize as many models and methods of church planting as possible. 



INVOLVEMENT OF EVERY ECO CHURCH

We need every ECO church to pray, give, and participate in church planting. . 



INCUBATOR CHURCHES

We need strategic ECO churches and church plants to create a nurturing environment where potential church planters can be identified, assessed, trained, and supported through long-term residencies. 


OUR TEAM


NATIONAL CHURCH PLANTING CATALYST

Rev. Dr. Matthew Lee

Matt has been involved in five church plants with a variety of denominations and organizations. In two of those plants he has been the lead planter. He has coached church planters, been involved in church planting networks, and recently served as the Director of Church Planting Programs and continues to serve as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Fuller Seminary. Matt graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has a Ph.D in Intercultural Education from Biola University. Matt is married to Grace and they have two boys, Aaron and Elijah. 


STEERING TEAM

2017 Steering Team

(Left to right)  Becky Lahna, Keith Case, Wes Barry 


CHURCH PLANTING CHAIRS

Church planting chairs are the main contact in our Presbyteries​ for individuals and churches that want to plant. 

Listed below are ECO Presbyteries. For the contact information for the Church Planting Chair, please email us.


May 2016 Church Planting Chairs Gathering (San Antonio, TX)

(Top Left to Right)  Jerry Fourroux, John Walsh, Tom Belhy, Bill Crawford, Ed Black

(Bottom Left to Right)  Bob Jordan, Bryan Wilson, Matt Hilgaertner, Dick Nelson

(Not pictured)  Rebecca O'Hara, Edwin Collado, Mark Tumney, and Len Tang

  • Presbytery of the Northeast (Eastern PA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, NH, ME, VT)


  • Presbytery of East Central (KY, WV, VA, NC)


  • Presbytery of Florida (FL)
  • Presbytery of Texas & Louisiana (TX, LA)


  • Presbytery of the West (ID, MT, WY, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM, KS, OK, AR, MO)


  • Presbytery of Northern California and Hawaii (CA, HI)
  • Presbytery of Southern California (Southern CA)
  • Presbytery of Alaska (AK)


  • Presbytery of the South (TN, MS, AL, GA, SC)


  • Presbytery of the Rivers of Life (Western PA)
  • Presbytery of the Great Lakes (WI, IL, IN, MI, OH)
  • Presbytery of the Northwest (WA, OR)
  • Presbytery of Upper Midwest (ND, SD, MN, NE, IA)


OUR DENOMINATION



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.



PLEASE VISIT THE DENOMINATION WEBSITE

​FOR MORE INFORMATION.