Emmanuel is a growing, intergenerational family that offers big church quality with a small church feel. People appreciate our devotion to God and His Word, our commitment to authenticity, the purposefulness behind all that we do, and the substantive ways that we address real needs. Together, we’re discovering what it means to love God and love people in a more Christ-like way.

Our Mission

Love God and love people in a Christ-like way. more...

When Jesus of Nazareth was asked to comment on the greatest of all the commandments given by God, He responded with this mash-up of Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18, 34.

An expert in the Law asked Jesus a question to test Him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

We have been called to love God and love people as Jesus modeled and taught. Everything we do is directed towards that end.

Our Invitation

Experience God with us. more...

The name Emmanuel means God with us.

Jesus commissioned His disciples to go and spread the good news.  As they did, they discovered that God was with them in a unique way when they gathered in His Name.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.  And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)

Christianity was never meant to be something that you experience alone.  We invite you to experience God with us.

Our Core Values

Six core values shape our relationships and decisions. more...

Christ-likeness (Colossians 3:17)

  • Obedient to the Father
  • Led by the Spirit
  • Full of grace & truth

Big church quality (Colossians 3:23)

  • Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Missional focus

Small church feel (John 17:20-21)

  • Known
  • Invested
  • Safe

Teamwork (Ephesians 4:11-16)

  • Humble
  • Hungry
  • Smart

Respect (1 Peter 2:17)

  • For God
  • For people
  • For property

Legacy (2 Chronicles 10:1-19; Matthew 9:16-17)

  • We believe that innovation and tradition should be friends
  • We learn from the past
  • We’re constantly re-thinking, adapting, changing, and improving

Our Culture

Every church has a personality. more...

We’re part of the Covenant family of churches (and not in name only)

We’re committed to Biblical principles and we’re attentive to best practices

We offer big church quality with a small church feel

We believe churches can be both relevant and reverent

We’re a multi-generational, community church (we don’t “target” a narrow demographic)

We strive to eliminate disconnect between who we present ourselves as and who we really are

We hate ugly church politics

We really hate ugly church politics

We’re passionate about building God-honoring teams and exhibiting God-honoring teamwork

We won’t allow our pursuit of excellence to become a liability

We don’t dodge the hard stuff (theologically or relationally)

Our starting point for questions about belief & conduct is “What does the Bible say?”

We encourage people to fact-check us and hold us accountable

We engage in respectful, non-condescending discussions (when arguments begin, listening and learning end)

We’re a family that both embraces you as you are and encourages you to become all God created you to be

We point people towards “repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18)

We’re very, very, very slow to judge (everyone has their stuff)

We practice exceptional stewardship and build margin into our budget

We don’t simply outsource our outreach

We take steps to ensure the marginalized have a voice

We try to distinguish between relief and development efforts

We do our best to protect people from burn out

We really, really, really, really love kids & teens

We love to laugh (when there’s no joy in the journey, we’ve lost our way)

We use the word “we” a lot (we’re all in this together)

Our members renew their membership annually

Our Discipleship Milestones

The Great Commission for all Christians everywhere is to make disciples. more...

One of the last things Jesus said to His followers was this…

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Mathew 28:19-20)

Emmanuel helps people grow in six essential areas…

DISCOVERING a more transformational walk with God

Not interested → Curious → Surrendered → Honoring

CONNECTING with others in more meaningful ways

Neighbor → Guest → Friend → Family

STEWARDING God’s resources with God-honoring intent

Keep all → Share some → God first → Joyful giving

SERVING our Christian brothers and sisters as Christ modeled and taught

Consumer → Volunteer → Recruiter → Trainer

REACHING OUT in Jesus’ Name to those who are lost and hurting

Insulated → Introduced → Engaged → Advocate

Leaving a LEGACY by handing off a brightly-lit, well-fueled torch to the next generation

Welcoming → Modeling → Equipping → Entrusting

Our Story

Every church has a story. Here’s a very small portion of ours. more...

Emmanuel was God’s idea from the beginning.

A bedtime devotional set in motion a series of events and divine appointments that can only be attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit. There are “God stories” behind our name, our denominational affiliation, the facilities we’ve met in, and more.

We held our first Sunday service on September 9, 2007 at Chippewa Middle School. In 2009, we moved to the Shoreview Community Center. A second service was added in 2010 to accommodate our growing church family. About 500 people attend one of our two services each Sunday.

Many of us feel like we’re rediscovering church! We’re learning what it means to be a church without walls, we’re watching God open doors before we knock, we’re experiencing what it means to be part of an authentic church family, we’re discovering new models for effective ministry, we’re helping to launch new churches, and we’re becoming transformed through missional partnerships that are a mile-deep rather than a mile-wide.

Each passing month continues to confirm that Emmanuel Covenant Church was truly God’s idea. We invite you to experience God’s unfolding story with us.

Our Vision

When Jesus returns, we’d love to hear Him say, “Well done.” more...

His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21)

God gave us the name Emmanuel and He’s entrusted us with the domain Emmanuel.church.  We desire, by God’s grace, to honor the name and domain that He’s gifted us with.

We’re committed to becoming the kind of community church that the New Testament envisions.

As we increasingly live lives worthy of the name God gave us, we’ll play an increasingly influential role in a network of churches through whom: the Gospel is proclaimed, good shepherds are developed and cared for, hope is restored, the lost are welcomed home, believers are challenged, resources are well-stewarded, strangers become friends, relationships are reconciled, those in need find a helping hand, ugly church politics find no foothold, singles and families thrive, young people are trained in the way they should go, our neighbors are blessed, skeptics become curious, and God is praised (Matthew 5:14-16).

Emmanuel will continue to have a regional influence in the years ahead.

Authentic humility requires both modesty and honesty.  We are sincerely humbled by the ways that God continues to work in and through us.  Within months of our launch, people were already looking to Emmanuel as an example of a healthy, missional church. Church planting teams have observed our methods and shadowed our leaders, we’ve coached, developed, and deployed Senior Pastors, we’ve resourced churches and ministry partners, we’ve been highlighted at Covenant gatherings and featured in Covenant publications, we’ve raised the bar locally when it comes to community partnerships, and we’ve set the standard for “mile deep” relationships in outreach partnerships. Our influence will continue to grow as we do (Matthew 25:14-30).


Our Affiliation

Emmanuel Covenant Church is a member of the Covenant family of churches. more...

While our affiliation with Christ supersedes any denominational connection, we acknowledge that there are some things that individuals do best, there are some things that small groups do best, there are some things that churches do best, and there are some things that denominations do best.

Our covenant with the Covenant denomination does at least four things.

  1. It provides real, external accountability for our pastors
  2. It provides real, external accountability for our lay leadership and congregation
  3. It unites us with a global network of believers who share resources and ideas
  4. It empowers us to accomplish things together that none of us could accomplish alone

Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the Evangelical Covenant Church is a rapidly growing, multi-ethnic partnership of 830+ churches in the US and Canada. We’re part of a worldwide movement impacting more than 500,000 people in more than 30 countries on five of the world’s continents.

The Northwest Conference is our regional conference and includes about 140 churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, our expanding global network is on the leading edge of racial reconciliation, church revitalization, development initiatives among the world’s poor, and the fight against modern slavery.

The Covenant Denomination plants roughly two new churches a week.  Covenant World Mission sends missionaries to people who haven’t yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. When the tsunami struck India, when the hurricane ravished New Orleans, when the earthquake devastated an already devastated Haiti, Covenant World Relief provided both emergency aid and ongoing support and development. Covenant Camps and Residences welcome and care for thousands of people each year.

Covenant churches believe the Bible is the Word of God, share the Good News of God’s grace, help people develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit, and extend God’s love in tangible ways to our hurting world.  Membership in the Covenant Church is open to all believers by confession of personal faith in Jesus Christ.

One of the defining characteristics of the Covenant is freedom within boundaries.  While the Covenant unwaveringly affirms the Bible is our only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct, we acknowledge that God’s truth is sometimes revealed in paradox and shrouded in mystery. We focus on what unites us as followers of Christ and “agree to disagree” when the Bible itself appears to allow for a variety of interpretations.

Learn more:

The Evangelical Covenant Church (www.covchurch.org)
The Northwest Conference (www.northwestconference.org).