Disciples News Service

Archive: December 2010

Blessed Silence

My first silent retreat scared me to death. Well, not death, but you know what I mean. I didn’t think I could do it – stay silent for eighteen hours, that is (even though eight of those hours would be spent sleeping.) The occasion was the first gathering of my Bethany Project peer group, pastors from Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. We gathered at historic Bethany, West Virginia.

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Posted on December 18, 2010
Filed under: Sharon's Blog
Hope Partnership focuses on transformative hope for future Church

Emergent Disciple to help develop congregational leadership initiatives As today’s Disciples contend with shifts in the landscape of religious practice in America, particularly the rapid decline of congregational life as we have known it, ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are proactively engaged in discernment around the significant change that needs to occur […]

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Posted on December 15, 2010
Filed under: Congregations
'God So Loved …That God Gave… ' – Christmas Special Offering aids work of regions

The church’s 33 regions perform important ministries in the life of the Church. They partner with new and emerging congregations, facilitate youth church camps, and help churches that might be declining in numbers seek to uncover their own unique stories and visions for the future. The Christmas Special Offering, which will be received in most […]

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Posted on December 9, 2010
Filed under: Regions
Lilly Endowment again sponsors Clergy Renewal Program

Disciples’ congregations will again have an opportunity to participate in the National Clergy Renewal Program. The Lilly Endowment Inc. invites Christian congregations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 for clergy renewal. In its 12th year, the grants allow pastors to take extended sabbaticals for a time of reflecting and renewal. Part of the […]

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Pension Board determines base interest rates for 2011

At its recent meeting in Indianapolis, the Board of Directors of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) determined base interest rates for investor accounts effective Jan. 1, 2011. The Board of Directors set the base rate to be paid on tax deferred and benefit accumulation accounts at 3.5 percent and 3 […]

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Global Ministries website receives a makeover

Looking for ways to engage in God’s global mission? The recently rolled out makeover to the Global Ministries website hopefully makes it easier. New rotating boxes and quick tabs direct you to featured global mission resources, programs and events. A video mission moment provides congregations with a multi-media resource that puts a face on Global […]

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Disciples Seminarians Conference set for March 31-April 3

The 2011 Disciples Seminarians Conference welcomes all M.Div. students who have completed a year of study. Scheduled for March 31-April 3 at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn., the conference gives ministerial students opportunities to meet other new Disciples leaders and learn how the church can help them and the congregation or organization they lead […]

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Disciples sing with renowned composer to benefit homeless

Renowned pianist and composer Joseph Martin recently conducted a benefit concert with Bartlesville (Okla.) High School choirs and a 120-voice adult choir from more than 18 churches and vocal groups. The vocalists included singers from three Disciples congregations: First Christian Church and Disciples Christian Church in Bartlesville and Harvard Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, Okla. […]

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