Christian leaders are calling it the birth of a new movement based on old ideas and a new creed. It’s an international union of churches, ministries, and denominations called the Covenant Christian Coalition that adheres to evangelical Christianity and the key doctrines that sprung out of the Protestant Reformation. The CCC is perhaps the first largely conservative ecumenical movement that seeks to unite all evangelical Christians. The importance of biblical inerrancy and evangelism are forefront in the organization.
Churches and ministries all over the world have joined the movement since it first began just three years ago, including large numbers of Pentecostal and non-denominational evangelical churches in South America, Africa, the Philippines, and the United States. The Salvation Church of Christ in Uganda pastored by Grace Kigozi is one such church. “My main reason for joining the CCC was and still is to connect, get in touch with, and work together with ministers and ministries whose vision and purpose is to spread the word,” said Kigozi. He emphasized that only “together [can evangelicals] fulfill the Great Commission that Christ Jesus instructed us to obey.”
Part and parcel to the CCC is a modern creed called the Covenant. The Covenant is a universal, evangelical statement of faith that outlines the importance of biblical inerrancy, substitutionary atonement, and salvation through Christ alone. It is composed of twelve stanzas all beginning with “We believe…” and is written in broad enough language to include most evangelical Protestants, while excluding various sects and denominations that the leadership fears seek to distort the gospel. All churches and ministries that join the CCC, including Salvation Church of Christ, have agreed to accept the Covenant and abide by the truths contained therein. The Covenant has thus become a key unifying factor in the movement.