Ecola exists to raise up disciples of Jesus Christ who have the desire, knowledge, and discipline to live out their faith in a practical way. We believe that the interaction that a Christian believer has with the Christian community, and secular culture, is an invaluable part of their Christian testimony, and the natural outflow of spiritual life and growth. As growing Christians, Ecola students are expected (and required) to participate in the local community through weekly church attendance, regular outreach, and community service.
CHURCH ATTENDANCE Click here for local churches
During the school year, Ecola students should find a local church assembly in which they feel comfortable, and attended the same church throughout the year. Regularly changing churches is discouraged, except in the case of work schedule conflicts, in which students may wish to attend an evening service when and where available. There are a variety of Bible-teaching churches on the North Oregon Coast, and all of them cheerfully welcome the attendance of our staff and students.
MINISTRY OUTREACH Click here for outreach opportunities
Students may choose from a wide variety of outreach opportunities in which to participate throughout the year. Options include working with local youth groups, AWANA, Kids’ Club, street evangelism, worship leadership, as well as many others. Creativity is encouraged and the Ecola staff welcomes suggestions for new ministries, and allows some latitude for the fulfillment of the outreach requirement. We all have different gifts and abilities, and our diverse student body plays an important role in the Christian impact on the area. Students should use these outreach ministries as opportunities to apply what they learn in class, and to test their interest in, and ability for vocational Christian ministry.
Opportunities for service to the community of Cannon Beach and the greater North Oregon Coast area abound. Occasionally, Ecola will schedule volunteer events, such as a beach clean-up. Regular winter storms cause damage to landscaping and houses, providing students with opportunities to be involved in practical ways. Every year, the staff is impressed with the creativity and dedication of student-led volunteer service.