THE MISSION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST):
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth.
THE VISION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST):
To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
THE CONFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST):
As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
(Preamble to The Design)
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) contains many ministries that work in covenant to resource congregations for mission and ministry. Please use the links below to explore their web sites.
- Improv Christmas pageant livens up season (12/22/2014) - by Rev. Ashley Sherard What happens when you gather some spare art supplies, borrowed Nativity costumes, Christmas carols, the scriptures and a group of really flexible church members? An improve Christmas Pageant, that’s what! On Saturday, December 20 Jerusalem Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gathered for its regular worship time to share a meal and...
- Why I go to church (12/19/2014) - WHY I GO TO CHURCH Anonymous, contributed to the Nebraska regional newsletter through the Broken Halos, a women's support group at First Christian, Weeping Water, NE (Nov. 2014) In recent years, many young adults in my generation have developed a distaste for the church. Some of the reasons are valid, some not. Other friends feel...
- Board for Hispanic Ministries meets (12/16/2014) - The board of the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries met in early December. Rev. Huberto Pimentel, national pastor, reports the board approved a 57 page document as the basis for a new focus on identity, mission and witness for Obra Hispana. Included in this effort will be an emphasis on mental health care (Matt....
- Mass incarceration the focus of 2015 Ecumenical Advocacy Days (12/16/2014) - Editor’s note: Mass incarceration is also the subject of one of the justice track workshops at the 2015 General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, July 18-22. The worldwide issues of mass incarceration, exploitation and forced labor will be addressed at the 13th Annual National Gathering of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, to be...
- Boy, do I need Advent! (12/9/2014) - Boy, do I need Advent this year! I need a respite from the commercial “Christmas season” where the sacred and the secular collide and stay awkwardly entangled for weeks – where good will and generosity struggle with crass consumerism – where the birth of love into the world is reduced to "Jingle Bells"… My soul...
- Resources for congregations: Ferguson grand jury decision (11/26/2014) - Emotions are raw in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision involving the death of Michael Brown. People feel unheard, threatened and confused. As we seek to be a movement for wholeness in a broken and fragmented world, our call is to open our churches as places of dialogue and action. Our challenge is...
- Expectations: Ferguson decision (11/25/2014) - What did you expect? by the Rev. Dr. Timothy James, administrative secretary of the National Convocation The grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed the unarmed Black teenager, Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. This decision brought to mind the death of Trayvon Martin afresh. As an African American...
- Woman to Woman Worldwide 2014 (11/25/2014) - Woman-to-Woman Worldwide is an effort by Disciple Women to experience solidarity with one another, to affirm the unity of the church in Jesus Christ, and to join the common struggle for justice and peace in the world today by educating and advocating for those needs. Journeys occur annually. Recent destinations include China, Mexico, and, most...
- ‘Mission is sacred, strategy is not’ guides historical society board meeting (11/19/2014) - The Disciples of Christ Historical Society Board of Directors gathered in Nashville, TN, Oct. 27-29, 2014. The board established the context for their worshipful work with Rev. Arnold Nelson, Board Chair, quoting George Bullard, “Your mission is sacred, your strategy is not.” Sara Harwell, archivist and librarian, gave leadership to the meeting when she reported on...
- Disciple Women meet as executive committee (11/11/2014) - The new team includes: Marilyn Williams (President), Waleska Acevedo (Vice President), Pernella Shortie, Shandra Yost, Soo Yun, Denise Turner, Lori Tapia, Wende Bristow Barrett, Martine Saint-Vil, and Cheryl Cloar (Absent due to prior commitment), Sheila Spencer (DHM representative), Chesla Nickelson (Staff), Pat Donahoo(Staff). By Rev. Dr. Patricia Donahoo, executive director The 2018 Executive Committee...
Plans for the 2015 General Assembly are underway! The theme, "Soar!" is based on Isaiah 40. Comfort, preparation, call, challenge – all are contained in this single chapter. And there is also the promise of fresh strength to SOAR!
Visit the General Assembly web site to learn more about the theme, explore housing options, and learn more about the Columbus, Ohio area.
The Disciples Mission Fund is the common mission funding system of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Each of our regions, our general and racial/ethnic ministries, and our fourteen institutions of higher education and seven seminaries and divinity houses, need your continued support. Disciples Mission Fund is supported by your gifts and the four special day offerings of Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Disciples Mission Fund dollars support:
- housing and food projects overseas
- provide for church camp
- leadership development
- spiritual care
- college scholarships
- theological education
- search and call
- ministries specific to our racial / ethnic constituencies
- support for Disciples Men and Women
- our ecumenical witness
- and so much more!
Your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund matter; they allow the Church’s witness for wholeness to be heard in over 90 countries and right here at home in the United States and Canada.
See how your gifts are used by the church.