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Our Mission Statement

Walking together in faith, working together for justice is the mission of our covenanting denominations, congregations and affiliated partners as they come together to be the Colorado Council of Churches (CCC).


Preamble of the By-laws of the Colorado Council of Churches
This preamble expresses some of the core perspectives which shape the work of the Council.

  1. The Colorado Council of Churches is the expression of Christian denominations, Christian congregations and affiliated partners that have intentionally entered into a covenant relationship to live out its mission:  Walking together in faith, working together for justice.
  2. We shall operate under a model of “covenant relationships,” which shall include “covenanting denominations” (Christian denominations), “covenanting congregations” (Christian congregations that may or may not be part of a covenanted denomination), and “covenanting affiliated partners” (denominations or congregations that are not uniquely Christian, and other organizations).
  3. We believe that as churches are called to have a voice and have a responsibility to act in the public realm, our voice and actions shall be grounded in scripture as expressed in public policy statements approved by the Executives of covenant denominations.
  4. We are a voice within the Christian community, acknowledging our brokenness and working to bridge divisions within the Christian community.
  5. Our work shall be carried out through issue-driven Task Forces that shall be approved by the Board. The membership of such Task Forces can be comprised of representatives of covenanting denominations and congregations, other congregations and community non-profits (affiliated partners).
  6. We are committed to engage congregations whose denominations might not be in covenant relationship, but who share a passion for ministry in particular focus areas.
  7. We are committed to inclusiveness in our covenantal relationships and partnership efforts.
  8. We work in partnership with other faith based and non-faith based organizations on a range of shared concerns for relationships and justice.
  9. We are not seeking as an organization to become direct service providers.
  10. We seek a model for the Colorado Council of Churches which is flexible, expandable and offers a variety of opportunities for engagement and collaboration.
  11. We seek a model which will be financially sustainable in the future.
  12. All covenanting denominations, covenanting congregations and affiliated partners will be expected to offer financial support to the Colorado Council of Churches.
  13. We acknowledge that development of a model is not the same as implementation and that the transition will take time, therefore we agree together to enter into this work to manifest and give witness to the unity and mission of Christ’s Church in Colorado.

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Council Executive Director Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller is a Colorado native and a lifelong member of Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. Adrian is a graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University Law School.  After practicing law in Denver for several years, Adrian became a special assistant to President William Jefferson Clinton and the Deputy Director of the President’s Initiative for One America.  The President’s Initiative for One America was the first free-standing White House office in history to examine and focus on closing the opportunity gaps that exist for minorities in this country. The One America office built on the foundation laid by the President’s Initiative on Race by promoting the President’s goals of educating the American public about race, and coordinating the work of the White House and federal agencies to carry out the President’s vision of One America. 

After his White House stint, Adrian returned to Colorado and served as the General Counsel and Director of Outreach at the Bell Policy Center—a progressive think tank dedicated to making Colorado a state of opportunity for all.  In 2007, Adrian became the Deputy Legislative Director for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.  By the end of Gov. Ritter’s first term, Adrian was a Senior Policy Analyst for Gov. Ritter where he handled homeland security, military and veterans’ issues.  Adrian was also Governor Ritter’s point person on the Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger which significantly increased participation in the summer food and school breakfast programs.

Adrian is also the author of the James Beard Foundation Award-winning book Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time (University of North Carolina Press, August 2013).

Rev. Tina Yankee, Director of Programs and Development

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Rev. Yankee is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She comes to the CCC with a wealth of experience on the subjects of criminal justice reform and ministry. She will chair our Criminal Justice Reform Task Force, and will work on issues related to affordable housing/homelessness, the environment and ecumenical relations.  You may email her here.