Disciples News Service

Category: Congregations

NAPAD elects leader, celebrates in historic venue

The North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD) elected Rev. Chung Seong Kim to a six-year term as executive pastor at their 20th biennial convocation in Portland, OR. Kim has served the past two years in an interim capacity. The meeting place has historic significance for NAPAD. In 1891, First Christian Church of Portland was the incubator […]

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Posted on August 14, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General, General Ministries
From Disciples Home Missions’ Refugee & Immigration Ministries

Submitted by Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries Remembering how Jesus in Matthew 19 urged children not be hindered from accessing love, but allowed to come into his arms, I remain deeply pained that over 711 children are still separated from their parents after the two court-ordered deadlines for reunification of […]

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Capital Area church organizes Justice League group

Submitted by Capital Area region; written by Mary Wurl of First Christian Church, Falls Church, VA “Organize, organize, organize!” This is the mantra we hear from social justice leaders past and present. But the Justice League of First Christian Church, Falls Church, Virginia was having trouble organizing. We’d been around for a while, had participated […]

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Posted on July 23, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, People, Regions
Kentucky church heading for carbon neutral status

It did not take Midway Christian Church long to decide to be the first Disciples of Christ church to commit to going carbon neutral by 2030. Their first steps were to invite Lexington Theological Seminary Assistant Professor Rev. Dr. Leah Schade to help them plan. On Earth Day Sunday Schade taught Sunday School and preached, […]

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Posted on July 17, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General
Kentucky church offers welcome home for immigrants

When Foster Frimpong immigrated to Lexington, KY from Ghana in 2009, he vowed to start a church in his new community. He began his ministry by praying with other immigrants in their homes. As he met more people, he discovered that many were looking for a gathering place to continue worship practices from their home […]

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Posted on June 27, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, People, Regions
Report from the Road: March 12-18 with NBA

In March 2018, General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens traveled across the United States with the National Benevolent Association (NBA). While on this trip, Rev. Owens listened to and learned from NBA partner organizations, XPLOR Residents, and congregations. The videos below share glimpses from their trip. Overview of the March 2018 trip Rev. […]

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Capital Area church creates “prayground” for children

For Fairfax Christian Church, listening is an important part of worshiping in community. To solicit suggestions for improvements, the church office conducted a congregational survey in 2017. One congregant’s response immediately captured the attention of the church’s leaders. That member missed listening to something more specific at church: the sounds of children. Three years earlier, […]

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Posted on June 11, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, Family & Children, People, Resources, Youth
New webinar series offers practical tips

Introducing a new webinar series sponsored by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation’s New Church Ministry… New Church Hacks. Hosted by Pastor Terrell L McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies, New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. Why only do new or better when you can be both! NCH is […]

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Michigan region hosts ecumenical day of service

For nearly thirty years, the Michigan region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Michigan conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) have partnered on a variety of activities and events, from attending anti-racism and boundary training together, to hosting joint regional assemblies for a number of years. “For Disciples, unity is […]

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Posted on June 4, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, General Ministries, Regions