Covenant UCC is a mission-minded church that does ministry through ministries created and developed by its members. The members through these ministries, function through the interrelatedness of membership, discipleship, and stewardship, all combined to create a dynamic of ministry to the person, the family, and the community. The entire book of Acts sets the tone and context of ministry at Covenant Church. It is in this body of scripture where dependent followers were confronted with the challenge of becoming dependent disciples relying no longer on the physical presence of Jesus Christ but on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our motto, Empowered by Christ and Embracing our Culture, seeks to nuance our as not only exclusive but inclusive of all people. Situated in the sanctuary are three flags, American, United Church of Christ and Garvey, visual statements of the paradoxical and diverse nature of our sitz-em-leben, where in spite of claims of liberty, many are loose, but not free. It is the Holy Spirit which empowers and frees us to embrace the tensions of diversity and paradox that all captives might be set free.
Covenant UCC is a predominately African-American new-church start with approximately 435 members. It is 18 months in operation and recently supported by the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, UCC, Chicago Metropolitan Association, and the Community Renewal.
Predominately White Dutch community in transition, called a Community of Churches.
Development of a viable Christian Education Department, Diaconate, Youth Ministries.
Student would be presented with various opportunities to be on the ground floor in ministry strategies and development. Preaching/teaching opportunities would be centered around Sunday School, Wednesday noon and Thursday night bible Study, monthly Pizza with the Pastor sessions, leading worship for two Sunday morning worship services and serving as an liaison with existing 18 lay-led ministries.
The Reverend Dr. Ozzie E. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts from Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma; a Master of Education in Music from Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee; a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He served as Associate pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ under the tutelage of the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. As a music scholar and teacher, Reverend Smith has held posts at Chicago State University, Lemoyne-Own College and Memphis City Schools in Memphis Tennessee. As a professional musician, he has functioned in roles as a bass vocalist, alto saxophonist, tenor saxophonist, bass guitar, soprano saxophonist and as arranger for many types of musical organizations and events. In addition to his pastoral duties, Dr. Smith serves the community in his affiliation with the South Holland Ministerial Association, Community Renewal Society, Anti-Racism Institute - Clergy and Laity Concern, Church and ministry Community of the Chicago Metropolitan Association.