February 24, 2019 Update

What is ECO?

  • ECO - A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

  • Not an acronym

  • “The name ECO is not an acronym. It reinforces our passion for strengthening the ecosystems of local churches. We believe that the Church is a living organism that needs life-giving resources to help it grow, thrive, and multiply. ECO is committed to cultivating a healthy, diverse, resource-rich ecosystem where pastors and congregations can flourish.”


Transitional Pastor

  • The Transitional Pastor search team (Gail Cain, Abbott Smith and Dave Hohl) has been evaluating resumes from a dozen candidates.

  • One especially promising candidate has been identified.

  • Candidate is an ECO-trained and certified Transitional Pastor.

  • The search team has interviewed the candidate and has begun checking references.

  • Candidate will meet with the elders and pastoral staff this week.


  • If both the Board of Elders and the candidate are interested in continuing, the next step would be to negotiate an agreement.

  • April 1 would be the likely target date for the Transitional Pastor to start.

  • If things do not work out, the search team will continue to evaluate the applications it has received.

  • No vote of the congregation is required.

Transition Training

  • Auxano has been partnering with ECO to provide help to local congregations in their efforts to develop flourishing churches.

  • Auxano will be performing a 2-day training on pastoral transition and succession planning early next month.

  • The training will help us prepare for the search for a new Senior Pastor.

  • If we do hire our current candidate, he would also attend the training.