General Ministries of the Church

The General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are established or recognized by the General Assembly, upon recommendation of the General Board. These ministries address broad areas of work, central administrative functions and specialized study and services to meet responsibilities of the Church in its mission of witness and service to the world. General ministries strengthen congregational life for the church’s mission.

General Ministry Operation and Governance

General Ministries are overseen by the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Each General Ministry can have and select the members of its own governing board. All General Ministry boards are elected or confirmed by the General Board. General Ministries can also be incorporated and administer their own program and financial affairs. General Ministries report their work for the Church at each annual meeting of the General Board.

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Note: The Office of General Minister and President includes other ministries such as the Center for Faith and Giving, Communication Ministries, Reconciliation Ministries, Treasury Services, Week of Compassion and the Yearbook and Directory Office. Find out more here.

Directory

General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) function as ministries that cover broad areas of work for the Church. They also assist in the central administrative and specialized functions of the Church. The role of General Ministries is to strengthen congregational life for the church’s mission. Racial/ethnic ministries are included in this directory.

Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries

317.713.2584 –  www.obrahispana.org

  • Promote, undergird and coordinate work of Disciples Hispanic Ministries
  • Domingo Rodriguez Ministerial Scholarship Fund
 Visit the CPOHM Website

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Christian Board of Publication/Chalice Press

1.800.366.3383 – www.ChalicePress.com

  • Congregational and professional resources
  • Faith-deepening resources for individuals
  • Music
  • The Columbia Partnership and the Young Clergy Women Project
 Visit the Chalice Press Website

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Christian Church Foundation

800.668.8016 –  www.christianchurchfoundation.org

  • Inheritance planning
  • Permanent funds
  • Planned giving
  • Prudent permanent fund policies
  • Institutional investing
 Visit the CCF Website

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Council on Christian Unity

317.713.2585 – www.councilonchristianunity.org

  • Giving leadership to Christian unity efforts nationally and internationally
  • Dialogues seeking understanding and reconciliation
  • Resourcing congregations around Disciples identity and ecumenical involvement
  • Interfaith engagement and dialogue
 Visit the CCU Website

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Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF)

317.635.6500 –  www.disciplescef.org

  • Connecting congregations’ financial and capital resources to mission
  • Building and capital planning/lending
  • Investment services for individuals and churches
  • Capital fundraising services.
 Visit the DCEF Website

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Disciples Home Missions

317.635.3100 – www.discipleshomemissions.org

  • Leader development
  • Congregational transformation
  • Faith Formation
  • Christian Vocations
 Visit the DHM Website

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Disciples Women

317.635.3100 – www.discipleswomen.org

  • Leader development
  • Faith Formation
 Visit the Disciples Women Website

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Disciples of Christ Historical Society

1.866.834.7563 – www.discipleshistory.org

  • Assistance for congregational historians and scholars
  • Historical archives
  • Stone Campbell Movement artifacts
  • Lecture sponsorship
 Visit the DCHS Website

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Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries

317.713.2575 –  www.globalministries.org

  • Service as a missionary, volunteer, intern or on a group trip
  • Relationships with global church partners and missionaries
  • Steps to Be a Global Mission Congregation or Region
  • Worship, VBS, camp, youth, advocacy and giving resources
 Visit the Global Ministries Website

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Higher Education and Leadership Ministries

317.713.2660 – www.helmdisciples.org

  • Leadership Development
  • Value-adding experiences for undergraduate and ministerial students
  • Ecumenical student ministry
  • Scholarship and financial aid information
 Visit the HELM Website

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Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation (Hope Partnership)

800.274.1883 – www.hopepmt.org

  • Skill development events for new, transforming and emergent congregational leaders
  • Peer learning groups and leader coaching
  • Demographic and relocation services for congregations
  • Ministry planning and New Beginnings Assessment Service
  • New church planner, coach and emerging church leader training.
 Visit the HOPE Website

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National Benevolent Association

314.993.9000 –  www.nbacares.org
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  • Partners with new Disciples health & social service ministries to strengthen and grow their effectiveness and impact, locally.
  • Initiates ministry programs designed to establish and grow partnerships around health and social service ministries.
  • Connects health and social service providers empowering them to learn, collaborate, and grow stronger together.
 Visit the NBA Website

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National Convocation

317.713.2406 –  www.nationalconvocation.org

  • African-American Disciples congregations partnerships
  • African-American congregational life
  • Selah magazine
 Visit the National Convocation Website

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North American Pacific/Asian Disciples

317.713.2685 or 317.713.2681 – www.napad.net

  • Affirmation of culture and heritage of Asian/Pacific Disciples
  • Recognition and promotion of the gifts and presence of NAPAD Disciples
 Visit the NAPAD Website

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Pension Fund

317.634.4504 – Toll Free: 866.495.7322
www.pensionfund.org

  • The Pension Plan
  • Tax-deferred retirement account
  • Roth IRAs
  • Churchwide Health Care program
  • Churchwide accident insurance
  • Compensation planning
  • Benefit accumulation accounts
  • Tax information
  • Retirement and compensation planning workshops
  • Ministerial relief (13th Check, emergency aid, etc.)
 Visit the Pension Fund Website

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