On Covenant Church and C.C. Hancock Church

On Covenant Church and C.C. Hancock Church

Author: Jim Anderman
Published: May 1, 2018

For the past two years, Covenant Church has been working more closely with C.C. Hancock, our sister United Methodist Church in Springfield. We have held joint picnics and worship services. We have engaged in pulpit exchanges and discussed ways we can enhance each other’s ministries. As a result, the pastors of both churches have begun to explore possibilities of making our arrangement more formal and permanent.

Exactly what shape the ministries will take has not yet been determined, but there are several possibilities. I have consulted with our District Superintendent, the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm to explore options that are permissible under The Book of Discipline. Rev. Taylor-Storm is very supportive of the concept of cooperative efforts to strengthen our witness in the community.

One option would be for Bishop Johnson to create a two-point charge where Covenant and Hancock share a pastoral staff. With a combined pastoral staff, we would naturally begin to do more ministry jointly.

Another possibility is a combination creating a church with two campuses. This would allow us to pool our administrative functions while maintaining a ministry presence in both locations. Under this model we would officially be a unified church, but likely operate very different programs in each location.

There are other possibilities and nothing has been decided or set in stone. As our discussions proceed we will keep you up to date on the plans and ideas. We will also be forming a task force to explore the options and make proposals to the congregations. If you have ideas you would like to propose, or if you would like to serve on the task force, please talk to me.

As we look to the future, I ask each of you to pray asking God to guide us in this process. The prayer can be as simple as, “Lord, what do you want Covenant to do to advance the Kingdom in Springfield and surrounding communities? Amen.” Oh, and don’t forget to listen for God’s answer!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Jim

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessings, life forevermore.
Psalm 133: 1 & 3 NRSV

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