The Evangelical Covenant Church emerged from small groups of believers (conventicles) that met to cultivate warm personal piety. It has also—on a customary rather than mandatory basis—sustained observance of the church year, which keeps the Christian story alive and vivid in the community.
The Evangelical Covenant Church eschewed traditional church architecture and use of the arts in its beginning. But in the twentieth century, it has produced church buildings built in a variety of architectural styles. Denominational leaders have been influential in the literary and visual arts.