In addition to supervising matters of ministerial standing, the Southeast Conference Ministerium seeks to raise the spiritual, ethical and professional standards of the association while strengthening the bonds of Christian fellowship and rendering help to members in times of physical, personal, emotional and spiritual need.

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Jump Start Registration Going On Now


Do you need a financial coach? Are you stressing out about your personal financial load? Then register today for Jump Start!

Jump Start is a personal finance retreat focused on strengthening the financial conditions of clergy. This interactive retreat takes a formational, devotional, and practical look at personal finances and identifies tools to help build spending plans that invite impact. Jump Start participants will go through an interactive experience of assessing their current financial health, identifying personal money beliefs and exploring how these beliefs impact financial choices.

The two-day ends retreat ends with time devoted to developing a financial planning action list. This personal finance retreat is a prerequisite for receiving personal financial coaching. There is no charge for this workshop as it is a pilot of the Lilly Foundation grant. Your only cost to accessing these resources and being assigned a personal coach is getting to Tampa, Florida.

To register, click the ‘Register Now’ button, scroll down to Personal Finance and click Jump Start Retreat and Application.

Good Standing

To be a member of the Southeast Conference ministerium credentialed clergy must be in good standing. To maintain good standing, a credentialed Covenant minister must do the following:

  1. Pay annual dues to the treasurer of the conference in which the minister serves. To verify your ‘good standing’ status in terms of ministerium dues clergy should contact their conference ministerium treasurer. Military Chaplains should contact the Covenant Denomination’s Ministerium Executive Committee treasurer and missionaries should contact Serve Globally administration.

  2. Complete a current profile on CovConnect. The profile should be updated every 3 years in order to qualify as “current.”

  3. Complete the Vocational Growth Tool (VGT) each year. The VGT is found under the resources tab within CovConnect.

  4. Maintain regular healthy connections with ECC ministerial colleagues. This can be achieved in a number of creative ways from attendance at conference or denominational retreats, Midwinter or Gather and regular gathering with clergy colleagues in conference networks in person, via phone or Skype conversations.

SEC 2019 Ministerium Annual Meeting

The SEC 2019 Ministerium Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Silverhill, Alabama. We will begin with a ministerium lunch from 12 noon until 1:15 p.m. The ministerium annual business meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. Join us in a time of connecting over lunch.


‘Well done, good and faithful servants’

David Elowson


After a brief illness, David Elowson, retired Covenant Pastor and fellow SEC Ministerial Association colleague, went home to the Lord on July 20, 2018. David’s family, Trailer Estates Covenant Church, and Tri-Par Estates Covenant Church extend an invitation to come together with them to celebrate Dave’s life and remember his faithful ministry to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A “Witness to the Resurrection” service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm at Trailer Estates Covenant Church, Bradenton, FL. Rev. Robert Dvorak will be officiating.

Jim Swanson


Retired Covenant minister, James Swanson, who helped guide the Covenant’s ministries to people with disabilities, died Sunday, March 18, 2018. He was 80. Jim suffered from stage four glioblastoma, a brain cancer. He was in hospices care for the last few weeks and quietly slipped into glory to be with the Lord on Sunday morning at 5:45am. im’s interest in serving people with disabilities began when his daughter Karna was born with Down Syndrome in 1971. He helped launch the first of what would become Covenant Enabling Residences (CER), Bjorklund House, where his daughter was a charter resident.

John Alton Sterling

John Alton Sterling served as an ordained ministered for 65 years, pastoring churches in Kansas and Alabama. He loved to read, analyze the stock market, collect model cars and tractors, enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and talking about his antique car. Most of all, he loved his family and his greatest joy was to be with them. After a nearly miraculous healing from a life-threatening illness in 2013, God gave John a dream about a men’s Bible study in which there were six men, 3 whom he knew and 3 he did not. The dream was so vivid, he pondered it for several weeks, mentioning it to several others. At the first meeting, there were 6 men present–3 he knew, and 3 he did not. The Bible study eventually grew to nearly 20 committed men who meet every week to pray and study. He regarded it as one of the highlights of his life. John died suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes on October 22, 2018.