Pastor Mike’s Blog: Updates from Around the Covenant

It’s been a busy summer for Covenant churches around the nation and in our neck of the woods. You may have already heard what happened at the Covenant Annual Meeting in late June and about plans for the Latina church plant in the Rockford area, but I want to provide some updates so we are all aware of what God … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: We Could All Use Some Re-creation

One of the pastors I knew while growing up would often say the same thing each summer after return-ing from a week or two of vacation. He would tell the church that he had enjoyed a nice time of “re-creation.” In one way, it’s just a silly pun, a clever way to justify spending some fun time with family and … Read More

Outreach Opportunities

The Outreach and Evangelism Committee wants to provide some opportunities for all members to experience “service to the least of these” out in the community. So, we are going to plan two maybe three opportunities each year, at organizations we support, for a group of us to serve together. I am going to list a few options below and we … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: A New Vision for Reaching our Community

During our congregational meeting on May 19, we discussed an opportunity for Broadway to join together with other local Covenant churches and the Central Conference to help plant a new church seeking to reach the Latino community in Rockford. It’s an exciting opportunity for the Covenant, for Broadway, for Rockford, and most of all, for the Kingdom. The Central Conference … Read More

Rockford Church Planting 2019

What? The Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church is led to start a church in the Rockford Area. Due to the Covenant presence and the growing diversity, it seems to be the proper time for this investment and unification of the local churches to grow and reach an underserved area. Who? The church planting process searches for the right … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: Joining Together in Mission

Like some of you, I did not grow up in a Covenant church. I have no Swedish blood in me, and as far as I can remember, I had only visited one Covenant church before beginning my seminary education. My family attended Presbyterian churches during my childhood, but I had some theological reservations about serving in that denomination. So, when … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: We Believe the Easter Story

After our long, cold winter, it seems fitting that Easter comes late this spring, not until April 21. By then, the ugly snow piles should be a distant memory and the green grass should be ready for mowing. Spring will be in full bloom, fulfilling God’s annual promise to bring renewal and rebirth to His good world. In the same … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: Our Journey through the Old Testament

We live in a culture obsessed with the new and the next. From technology to health care, even fashion trends, everything seems to run on the theory that what’s new must be what’s best. In some ways, new things in our lives are blessings, like new medications that help heal diseases and new ways to communicate with people far away. … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: Another Year of Generous and Joyful Giving

I recently completed my eighteenth year of pastoral ministry, having served three Covenant churches in three different conferences, including nearly six years here at Broadway. During this time, I have been amazed over and over by God’s goodness and by the faithfulness of His people. This faithfulness is expressed through worship, service and financial sacrifice, enabling the mission of Jesus … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: The Immerse Journey Continues

I have been impressed with the wide and deep participation of our church in Immerse: Messiah. Since September, well over half the church has read the New Testament and joined together for engaging and theo-logically challenging discussions on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. What a joy it is to read God’s word and allow the Spirit to form us individually … Read More