Dating back to 1884, the Northwest Conference is comprised of 140 churches in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and western Wisconsin. These churches come in all shapes and sizes. They are urban, ethnic, town & country, and suburban.
Some are traditional and some are contemporary. Some have been around for over 125 years, and some are less than a year old. Most meet in church buildings, while others meet in school auditoriums.
The broader Conference ministry is focused in the areas of church planting, church health assessment and revitalization, leadership development, and youth ministry. Further, the Conference participates with local churches to develop and implement new ministry initiatives.
The Northwest Conference exists as an association of local churches. It is a mission region of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The mission of the Northwest Conference is to glorify God, proclaim the Gospel, and promote Christ-like life in our churches. The primary work of the conference is to en-courage, equip, and empower local congregations to fulfill their mission.
We are a regional conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength the comes from unity within diversity.