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Covenant EFC is a vibrant community of people committed to authentic discipleship in our daily lives and intentional disciplemaking in our ministry. We want to see God transform us into disciples of "a certain kind" so that He can multiply us and use us to win the world for Him.
Change Me, Use Me, Train Me, Empower Me and Multiply Me are vital steps along this journey of life transformation. Come be part of this great adventure in God!
Our name says what we believe, what we stand for, and how we're organised.
The Covenant points to God's unfailing promise of salvation and blessing for mankind, fulfilled in Christ. As a church, we want to uphold God's promise to our generation.
This reflects our commitment to the gospel and to the preaching of the same for salvation. An evangelical agrees to the virgin birth, the resurrection of Christ and justification by faith, and is devoted to the inspired Word of God.
Each congregation of the Evangelical Free Church denomination has a right, under God, to govern its own affairs.
We are linked as a community of believers united in Christ by His Spirit.
We are passionate about our vision to be an Intentional Disciplemaking Church (IDMC) that is part of a movement that makes an impact upon the nations! A movement characterised by Word and Spirit, holistic disciplemaking, life transforming ministries, world class internship, and reaching the unreached.
This vision is captured in our mission statement: 'Returning the Church to its disciplemaking roots - through authentic discipleship and intentional disciplemaking - so as to reproduce disciples of "a certain kind" and to multiply them to win the world for Christ.'
What is this 'certain kind' of disciple? He or she is a person of depth in four arenas of life and ministry:
of meekness and brokenness
of depth in wisdom and principle-centred living based on the Scriptures.
with an ability to minister effectively
Spirit-ﬁlled and empowered by the Spirit
Our main means of making disciples that will impact the world are our five transformational strategies:
This is all about putting ourselves in a position where God can break into our lives and change our hearts. Without this, nothing of eternal significance can happen.
In Covenant EFC, our Breakthrough Weekend is key to this process. It's a time when we get away on a spiritual retreat to engage with God so that He can break into our lives, help us break with the past and give us a genuine breakthrough!
We believe the next step to growing as a disciple once God has set us free from our past is to serve Him - by putting our time, talents and treasures at His disposal.
Besides serving in church, in the marketplace and our various spheres of influence, one key way of being used by God is to live a life that continually testifies of His goodness to us, a lifestyle of "PDA": Personal revival, Divine appointments and Active obedience.
When our hearts are right with God and sensitive to His Spirit (Personal revival), He will supernaturally place us with people in situations to achieve His purposes (Divine appointments), at which point we are called to respond in Active obedience. We trust God to use us to reach a lost world for Christ!
As God uses us, we will realise that we need some form of training, both in practical skills and in the discipline of godliness, so that we can be more fruitful.
One of our main vehicles for training is our Intentional Discipleship Training (IDT), a two-year intensive training programme for those wanting to grow deeper in their Christian discipleship and disciplines. Another is a one-year course at our Evangelical Training Centre, as well as various other equipping modules.
When we work, we work. But when we pray, God works! We need to align ourselves to God's work and be empowered by His Spirit to do it.
This calls for fervent and unwavering prayer. In Covenant EFC we model prayer and mobilise our people towards a prayer-filled discipleship through our Dawn Prayers, Days of Prayer and 24/7 week-long prayer.
MULTIPLY ME through SMALL GROUPS
God intends for His disciples to be fruitful! We believe that as God transforms our lives, He intends to multiply that life in others. Change and transmission of that change happens best in a community filled with grace, bent on growth and pursuing godliness. Our Covenant Groups and Discipleship Groups provide that environment where growth and multiplication can occur.
We want to be a values-driven church. This means that while we are committed to fulfilling the mission that God has entrusted to us, we want to be intentional in living out our five core values in the process of doing so. So that what we do is the result of who we are.
We value Truth centred upon the Word of God (Psa 119:160). We are committed to the Bible as the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God, and as the sole authority governing the believer's life and practice. We believe that true biblical teaching is the primary vehicle for life transformation and the key to effective disciplemaking.
We value Community centred upon the Worship of God (Acts 2:43-47). We believe that true biblical community begins when we relate rightly with God and with each other. Life change best happens within the context of small groups. That is why we are committed to establishing communities through small groups.
We value Stewardship centred upon the Will of God (1 Cor 4:1-2). We believe that we are called to be faithful to both the stewardship of the Gospel and the stewardship of our resources. As such, we practise faithful tithing and are committed to growth by conversion. We also believe that God is worthy of our best. Therefore, a spirit of excellence should permeate ministries.
We value Balance centred upon the Wisdom of God (Ecc 7:18). We believe that we must ride the tensions of life's complexities with compassion and discerning wisdom. This wisdom comes from above. Thus, in a world that is prone to extremism, we seek a biblical balance.
We value Brokenness centred upon the Work of God (Psa 51:17). We believe that people often look at the outward, but God looks at the heart. What God looks for is "a broken spirit and a contrite heart". We are called to die to self and follow Christ. Calvary's road is a discipleship of humility and brokenness.