We follow Jesus together, and invite our neighbors to follow Jesus with us.
We participate in Jesus' redemption of our own lives, reconciliation in our relationships, and restoration in Sioux Falls and around the world.
Prairie Hills Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church in America (ECC). Some people call it a denomination, some call it a movement, some call it a family of churches. We belong to the ECC because we're better together. The ECC trains, equips, supports, encourages, and keeps us accountable. The ECC connects us with other churches, and with God's work around the world. The ECC provides us with relationships that deepen our faith, and empower us to deepen faith in others.
As a Covenant church we sum up our faith in six Affirmations ...
• We affirm the centrality of the Word of God.
• We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
• We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
• We affirm the Church as a fellowship of believers.
• We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
• We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
The Covenant church has its roots in historical Christianity as it emerged in the Protestant Reformation, in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth-century.
We are the apostolic church. We confess Jesus Christ and the faith of the apostles as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. We believe the authority of the Bible is supreme in all matters of faith, doctrine, and conduct, and it is to be trusted. "Where is it written?" was and is the Covenant's touchstone of discussion with regard to faith and practice.
We are a catholic church. The word catholic literally means universal. This means we understand ourselves to be part of the community of believers that began with Jesus' first followers, is alive today, and will continue until Christ comes again.
We are a Reformation church. We stand in the mainstream of a church renewal movement of the sixteenth-century called the Protestant Reformation. Especially important is the belief that we are saved by God's grace alone, through faith alone, not by anything that we can do. The Covenant Church is also shaped by Pietism, a renewal movement that originated in the seventeenth-century Europe and emphasized the need for a life that is personally connected to Jesus Christ, a reliance on the Holy Spirit, and a call to service in the world.
We are an evangelical church. A series of religious awakenings flowered in Europe and America during the nineteenth-century and provided rich soil for the early growth of the Covenant Church with our passion for mission. Evangelicals historically have been characterized by a strong insistence on biblical authority, the absolute necessity of a new birth. Christ's mandate to evangelize the world, the continuing need for education and formation in a Christian context, and a responsibility for benevolence and the advancement of social justice.