The Annual Meeting is the highest legislative session in the Evangelical Covenant Church
Every congregation is entitled to representation as we worship God and celebrate what God has done. We gather to discern future direction, select leaders, consecrate missionaries, credential and ordain clergy and encourage one another to greater discipleship. We make determinations around funding the mission and we hear about the challenges and opportunities in front of us. In it all, we get to meet new friends, and strengthen old relationships.
These are the official representatives from congregations and other ECC entities. A delegate is entitled to full voice and vote in the Annual Meeting. Delegates are named by their sending body. Every congregation is entitled to representation.
How many delegates can we send to the Annual Meeting?
From the ECC Bylaws, Article VII, Section 7.4, member congregations shall be entitled to representation as follows: (*based on 2019 membership)
* All member churches must submit a 2019 Annual Statistical Report (ASR) prior to receiving a credential letter.
0-99 members: 2 delegates
100-224 members: 3 delegates
225-449 members: 4 delegates
450-699 members: 5 delegates
700-999 members: 6 delegates
1000 + members: 7 delegates
Each delegate to the annual meeting shall be a member of the church and can only represent one entity.
A general conferee is any adult participant at Gather ’20 who is not an official delegate. General Conferees may silently observe the Annual Meeting and may receive handouts during the sessions.
Children of delegates and general conferees are eligible to participate in Covenant Kids Ministry at Gather ’20.
*Please note: Business meetings are closed sessions. Only registered delegates, general conferees, and resource personnel may attend business sessions on Friday and Saturday of the Annual Meeting. Evening worship sessions are open to the public.