Decorah Covenant Church

Pastors

Rev. Don Holmertz and Pr. Julie Chamberlain

Weekly Attendance

51-100

Contact Info

We are currently livestreaming our services and hope to return to limited in-person services w/registration required sometime after the new year. Up-to-date information about weekly worship format--as well as links to the livestream and registration--can be found on our website.

Decorah Covenant Church is a gathering of people of all ages and backgrounds who are passionate about following Christ and following Christ together. In our Sunday morning service, we value vulnerability, authentic participation and Gospel-centered worship. The atmosphere is creative, comfortable, and encourages togetherness. There are plenty of opportunities for spiritual growth and connections through the week as well, all of which seem to come back to our curious and joyful preoccupation with the Bible. Following Jesus is more than showing up and growing up, however. Jesus said, “You shall be my witnesses….” We take those words seriously in a variety of mission and service efforts locally and abroad. Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, we’re interested in getting to know you. We hope that you’ll come with your questions, your struggles, your own history with Jesus, and the unique gifts God has given you.

Opportunities for Luther students

Internships (paid)**, Internships (for credit)**, Fellowship, Music, Children and Youth Programming, Bible Study, Worship Leadership

Luther students are involved in many aspects of our ministry at DCC. We currently have a Luther student serving as our worship intern and several other Luther students involved in our worship team. Luther students volunteer with our youth ministry, teach youth and adult Sunday School classes, and over the last year, two Luther students were part of our preaching rotation. We have an active college-age ministry called DeCCAF that gathers monthly (pre-Covid) for food and fellowship, and college students are also involved in other bible studies and small group ministries. Luther students are an integral part of our ministry family here at DCC.At DCC we consider it an honor to walk alongside college students as they take new steps on their journey of faith. We know that these college years are often a time of great questioning, deconstruction and reconstruction, growth, exploration and calling. And we want to be here for all of it. Especially for students coming from a more evangelical background, DCC is a safe place to process new learning, ask hard questions, study the Bible together and build relationships that foster growth and trust. The Evangelical Covenant Church has a high view of Scripture and also a high view of freedom in Christ. This makes DCC a rather theologically diverse body and a great place to explore, ask questions and grow.

Demographics

LGBTQ

  • Does not have official welcome statement
  • No folx currently in worship
  • No folx currently in leadership
  • Does not marry same-sex couples

Gender

  • Employs(ed) women clergy
  • No policy for gender inclusion/equity in leadership (councils etc.)
  • No gender neutral bathrooms
  • Opportunity for self-identification of pronouns

Race

  • Congregational anti-racism efforts
  • Community anti-racism efforts
  • No official statement of welcome for BIPOC community
  • No Indigenous land use statement

Immigrants

  • Welcome of immigrants
  • Not actively support of local immigrants
  • Safe sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

Environmental

  • Not active in environmental justice
  • Non-renewable energy
  • Doesn’t assess energy usage
  • Recycling policy in place

Ability

  • Does not have large print bulletins at every service
  • Does not provides hearing devices for every service
  • Has ADA compliant ramps
  • Has ADA compliant restrooms
  • Actively trying to make church environment more accessible