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Five Sundays: Five Leadership Team Reports

June 29 2014 at 4:01 pm 0 Comments

Update, July 19, 2014: All five Leadership Team updates have been given now. Please see the links below to review them.

Over five consecutive Sundays in June and July, the pastors who oversee each of our Leadership Teams will briefly share their vision and ministry goals, and we’ll take time to pray for the work of their teams. This is an opportunity to hear how we’re seeking to advance our church’s mission this year in five key ministry areas.

None of the ministry areas are new to our church. What is new is that the responsibility to develop and execute a multi-year strategy for these ministry areas has been consolidated under the five Leadership Teams.

As the Sundays go by, we will post recaps of the leaders’ remarks here on the church blog and link to them below.


June 15 - Equipping & Training | Don DeVries
June 22 - Care & Counseling | Joe Lee
June 29 - Community Life | Adam Malcolm
July 6 - Missions | Greg Somerville
July 13 - Student Life | Dave Brewer

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This Sunday: Darrin Patrick

May 1 2014 at 2:03 pm 0 Comments

Darrin Patrick photoThis Sunday we welcome Darrin Patrick to preach God’s Word to us. Darrin is Lead Pastor of The Journey in St. Louis, Mo., and is in town for this Saturday’s Men’s Conference in Springfield, Va. He was able to stay over on Sunday to be with us. Come hear him at both places!

Darrin founded The Journey in 2002 in the urban core of St. Louis, Mo. The Journey has six locations and has released seven church plants. Darrin is Vice President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and has helped start multiple non-profits in St. Louis.

Darrin’s passion is to help people know and live the gospel. After earning his B.A. in Biblical languages from Southwest Baptist University, and a Master’s of Divinity (summa cum laude) from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Darrin earned his Doctor of Ministry from Covenant Seminary. Darrin has authored a number of books including Church Planter, For the City (with Matt Carter), and two books published this year: The Dude’s Guide to Manhood and Replant.

Darrin is married to his high school sweetheart, Amie, and they have four beautiful children: Glory, Grace, Drew, and Delainey.

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A Grieving Community

January 25 2014 at 2:47 pm 28 Comments


UPDATE (Monday morning, January 27):
Yesterday afternoon, the Lowe family asked that we pass on to you this brief report on Emma’s condition.

Many in our church and community are grieving in the wake of the traffic accident yesterday in front of the church, which resulted in the death of one Covenant Life School school student and very serious injuries to others. We will be taking tomorrow morning’s service to look to God and his Word for comfort and peace in the midst of this troubling time.

Please pray for the French and Lowe families, those in the two vehicles that were in the accident, and all in the community who have been affected. We as a church family also grieve for the family of Suzanne Snyder, a long-time and beloved member of the church who went to be with the Lord this week.

As Christians we do not grieve as those without hope, but instead have hope beyond the grave. The community is invited to join us tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. for our Sunday service, as well as at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening for a Community Prayer Vigil.

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Looking to Jesus in the Race of Faith

June 13 2013 at 5:51 pm 2 Comments

Endurance Series Artwork

This month we’re taking a break from our study of the gospel of Matthew. I believe the Lord is leading us to work our way through the 12th chapter of Hebrews

We know that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s all part of the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). We need all of it. But isn’t it true that at certain times in our lives certain parts of Scripture seem to speak so directly to our circumstances that the breath of God’s Word feels like a mighty wind? The Word doesn’t just speak to us in those moments; it feels like it thunders! And the living and active Sword of the Spirit seems to pierce even more deeply.

That’s how I feel about Hebrews 12 right now for myself personally and for our church family as a whole. In so many ways this chapter with its 29 verses speaks to where we find ourselves. We’re facing disorienting challenges. Many of us feel weary and discouraged. Hebrews 12 calls Christians to endurance and faith. It speaks to God’s purpose in painful circumstances. It addresses the temptations we face in times of difficulty. And most importantly it holds forth Jesus. Hebrews 12 calls us to fix our eyes on him and to remember the unshakeable nature of his kingdom.

So Lord willing, for the next five weeks, I’m going to preach Hebrews 12 to you, and to me. And I’m asking the Lord to send his Holy Spirit and do something deep and powerful and lasting in our hearts through his living Word.

—Joshua Harris

June 9: The Race of Faith
June 16: Disciplined for Our Good
June 23: Make Straight Paths
June 30: Are We There Yet?
July 7: The Unshakeable Kingdom

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Good Friday and Easter Services

March 15 2013 at 10:04 am 0 Comments

Good Friday Service | March 29 | 7 p.m.
Join us as we remember Jesus Christ’s suffering to pay for our sins.
Child care provided for infant to 5th grade
Order of Service

Easter Services | Sunday, March 31 | 9 & 11:30 a.m.
A celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Child care provided for infant to 5th grade

What to expect at Covenant Life
Directions to the church

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The Meaning of Marriage

February 8 2013 at 7:23 am 0 Comments

The Meaning of Marriage book spine

Here’s a brief preview of The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, a book Josh will recommend this Sunday in church:

The author’s own description: “This book is for those spouses who have discovered how challenging day-to-day marriage is and who are searching for practical resources to survive the sometimes overwhelming ‘fiery trials’ of matrimony and to grow through them ...This is a book for those who have experienced ‘the honeymoon is over’ and have fallen back to earth with a thud.”

From a Covenant Life member: “My husband and I, in 37 years of marriage, have experienced more fiery trials than we care to remember! Keller’s truthful, down to earth portrayal of modern day marriage has been incredibly refreshing and practically helpful. Keller doesn’t just write about what marriage should look like ... He shares about real difficulties we live through everyday. As a result, we are experiencing genuine progress in our relationship.

If you are satisfied with a “drifting” marriage going nowhere, WARNING ... Don’t read this book!”

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