Posted by the Kings Mountain (N.C.) Herald.
The elders and Rev. Greg Martin announced this week in a news release that First Presbyterian Church [Kings Mountain, N.C.] has joined ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, a rapidly growing denomination that exists to serve the local church and “reclaim a sense of covenanted biblical community.”
The action was effective June 10 after an almost unanimous vote of the congregation.
Previously affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA),”the congregation feels that ECO is more closely aligned with our beliefs and values,” according to the news release.
Clerk of Session Stella Putnam said that ECO has four main priorities, to lift up the centrality of the gospel, grow with an emerging generation of leaders and prioritize a wave of church innovation and create an atmosphere of accountability.
Among ECO’s Core values, she pointed out, are that “we believe that Jesus Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry. We believe that the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, and that it shapes our priorities. The unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our attention to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives.”