We provide a number of different contexts for believers to obey the “one another” commands of Scripture. There are three primary ways to connect with fellow believers at ECC
The primary way to connect with our congregation is by becoming a covenant member, submitted to the leadership and committed to the other believers at ECC. It is our conviction that the Christian life can only be fully realized in relationships and community with others.
1. Corporately | Lord’s Day Worship
Every week we gather together on Sunday morning to hear from God and be strengthened by his Spirit through his word. In the corporate gathering of the church God invites us to recalibrate our desires, the Spirit nourishes us through the word, and we, by God’s grace, become people who treasure him above all else. Everyone is welcome. In this service, we sing several songs, hear Scripture read, offer prayers of confession and thanksgiving to God, listen to a sermon, and every other week celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
These gatherings also provide the members of ECC with several opportunities for serving the rest of the body. Ministry teams enable volunteers to use their gifts to serve the church and to develop relationships with others. These teams include kids ministry, greeting, ushering, security, media, and music performance.
2. Publicly | Weekly and Monthly Events
Along with the corporate gathering of the local church there are other times when we gather to experience life centered on God’s word together. These ministries provide additional ways to connect with one another.
Community Groups. These are our church’s “small groups.” These groups consist of about 10-15 people who meet for around 90 minutes to enjoy fellowship, conversation, and prayer, to eat and laugh, and to discover the life-changing truths of Scripture together (Acts 2:42).
Men’s Ministry. We want to help the men of our church be more like Christ, live out their unique calling, and connect men with one another to bear one another’s burdens. To this end, we have a breakfast every other month for men to fellowship, hear God’s word, and pray; we have an accountability group that meets during the week, we get together for prayer on Saturday mornings, and we do service projects to help members of our congregation.
“Adorned” Women’s Ministry. Our goal is for women to adorn the gospel of Christ through intergenterational discipleship, fellowship in God’s word, and service to His church. We want to see women understand God’s design and purpose for them, engaging in God’s word, modeling Christ-exalting relationships between older and younger women, and serve the church through acts of service. To this end, our women meet bi-monthly for in our lower auditorium for and quarterly with women from other churches for fellowship, prayer, and teaching. We have women’s Bible studies and mom meet-ups throughout the week, and we provide opportunities for women to imitate the humility of Christ as they apply their gifts in service to the various needs of our church body.
We also want “to love one another” outside of our public gatherings. Although there is no requirement to connect with others in a home or coffee shop, we encourage everyone to do so. No man is an island and no Christian can receive the love of Christ apart from other Christians. The author of Hebrews understood this when he connected the “confession of our hope” with the words “meet together” two verses later.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
At ECC, we seek to love one another on a personal level through activities such as discipleship, mentoring, hospitality, evangelism, and shut-in visitation. On any given day you will find members of ECC getting together to have coffee, study the Bible, share meals, have kid play-dates, visit our sick and shut-ins, or serve those in need.