Disciples News Service

Category: Congregations

Arizona region helps congregation find ‘resurrection story’ in new ministry center

As First Christian Church (FCC) in Glendale, AZ reflected on their congregation’s future, they weren’t alone. With Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), they discussed selling their building to fund a relocation to the West Valley area. After years of conversations, the congregation realized they no longer had the capacity needed for a feasible relocation. Instead, […]

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Posted on December 11, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Regions
Washington pastor selected to preach at 2019 General Assembly

For the first time, the 2019 General Assembly Worship Committee announced a call for sermons to identify new voices for the Church’s biennial gathering. The idea came from first vice-moderator and chair of the committee Rev. Beau Underwood. “There are so many good preachers out there that we just haven’t heard of,” Underwood said. “I […]

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Posted on November 26, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Assembly, General Board, People, Regions
Center for Faith and Giving launches consulting program for congregations

For leaders at the Center for Faith and Giving, stewardship is about far more than raising money to pay the bills or develop a project. “It’s about living the vision,” says Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, minister for faith and giving. Since 2010, Barkhauer has worked to engage our Church in conversations about transformative generosity and stewardship. […]

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Brite Divinity School program hosts conference on spiritual care for moral injury

The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School devotes its efforts to the enormous challenge of moral injury facing veterans and their loved ones. In her 2013 book Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War (co-authored with Gabriella Lettini), Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, founding director of the Center, defines the concept this way: “Moral injury […]

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Posted on October 17, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, Higher Education, Resources
Reconciliation webinar series explores immigration and criminal justice systems

Last month, Reconciliation Ministry partnered with three other ministries to offer two webinars on issues impacting the Church and the world. The first webinar, “Embracing the Call: Putting Out the Welcome Mat,” was presented by Reconciliation Ministry, Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries, and Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel. In this discussion, leaders discussed what being a […]

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Posted on October 3, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, People, Regions, Resources
Reconciliation Ministry celebrates first year of “One Bag of Tea” initiative

The “One Bag of Tea, One Conversation, One Relationship” initiative grew out of Minister of Reconciliation Rev. April Johnson’s own experiences. After 10 years of offering anti-racism trainings, Johnson saw that many participants had never talked about racism in any intentional way. Moreover, trainings were often held in groups of people who had never met […]

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Posted on September 26, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Assembly, General Ministries, Resources
Caution advised against church email scams

We have heard from several regions, congregations, and even our own general ministries, about a high number of e-mail “spoofing” incidents. At first glance, the e-mail you receive from a trusted leader appears to be legitimate. Here are some tell-tale signs that an email is spam: The actual e-mail address and the name do not match […]

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Posted on September 22, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Resources
Disciples Public Presence conference kickstarts conversation

Following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, in 2014, a new conversation to engage Disciples in advocacy surfaced a need for connection. The efforts to network for Standing Rock protests and other crisis led to the creation of Disciples Public Presence. Disciples Public Presence is a movement. After its beginnings in March […]

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Posted on September 18, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General, Office of the General Minister and President