May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
The God of hope is filling us to overflowing with joy, peace and hope! However, we know that exhaustion continues to set in. Ongoing stress is prevalent. Concern for the future looms and we mourn so much loss. We are depleted.
Yet, we are truly grateful that our lives and ministries are not about us but about the God of hope, this trustworthy God, who fills us to overflowing by the power of the Holy Spirit! Through Him we experience hope once again. We prayerfully invest in new disciples. We nurture missional living. We humbly serve those in our communities as we flow out of our buildings into our neighborhoods and into the world. Not by our power but through God’s alone, we have joy. We have peace. We have hope. And our congregations flourish once again.
What Can You Expect from a National Gathering?
For ECO pastors and leaders, this is our favorite week of the year to connect with friends and colleagues from all over the country.
What attendees have to say about the National Gathering
After 17 years in ordained ministry and attendance at a lot of different conferences, I have to say (and I've said it before): The ECO National Gatherings are the best events of their kind I've attended. The keynote speakers are engaging and relevant to church leadership. The breakouts are always from people who are passionate about their topic. The fellowship with people in the ECO tribe is always a blessing. I can't say enough.
- ECO Pastor
Thank you so much! As a first-time elder, I had no idea what to expect from the gathering so I was very pleasantly surprised to see the worship, the fellowship, the renewing and equipping that took place. The Gathering also gave me a new understanding and a deep appreciation for our ECO denomination. I came back energized and eager to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
- ECO Church Elder
The main session speakers were inspirational and the breakout sessions were very informative. The worship time was amazing! I come from a small church so worshipping with such a large group was awesome! I am excited to share what I learned with my church; so that we can take our flourishing next step.
- ECO Pastor