This heartbeat is part of a series that was first published in the church bulletin when Covenant EFC embarked on our Seed Fund Faith Journey.
Covenant was started 41 years ago, when our pioneers planted a house church in Ghim Moh estate. By then, they had already planted three other churches. They did not know that the fourth plant (Covenant EFC) would grow to become the largest EFC church in Singapore with a global reach and impact.
In September 2000, BPJ Centre was birthed. It came about out of necessity, as we often say, because we were desperate for a home. New Life Community Services was started then, and it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. There is still much to be done here with so much favour given to us.
Woodlands Centre was birthed in August 2008. This was much more challenging. People wondered: Why do we need another centre? Why Woodlands? So much money was needed. Why not give to the poor? Amidst all these questions, the leaders led with a vision to reach out to the Northern corridor. Two thousand people raised $27M, five hundred went out in faith and God blessed. With the current renovation adding rooms for student care and children’s ministry, and the completion of the nearby MRT station this year, WDL Centre is poised to grow further.
In November 2016, Covenant East was born. We had some 500 people living in the East then and members requested a church plant in this area. We spent a number of years praying and planning. When it was finally launched, 200 pioneers grew to 900 in three years. Souls were won and people were discipled. We started praying for a more permanent home to deepen our impact and widen our reach in the community. God brought to us a property right in the heart of Bedok’s town centre. We believe this is God’s provision. We pray that the URA approval will come soon and the seller will hold it for us.
Each step of the way, the Lord did something more, something greater! During each church plant and building journey we encountered challenges that brought divine provisions and breakthroughs. Each time, we experienced afresh the prophetic proclamation: “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isa 43:18-19).
God kept blessing us as we moved in vision and faith. He brought us spiritual and numerical growth. However, it is not the numbers that we are impressed with, but the transformed lives that we stand in awe of. Your life changed by God through Covenant EFC is a proof of His work.
Today, experience how God can use you to do something more, something greater. Give to the $40M Seed Fund. Be part of the “new thing” He is doing in Covenant EFC and in your life!