Disciples News Service

Category: Congregations

Illinois/Wisconsin region uses Healthy Congregations model to encourage conversation

Nearly 20 years ago, Rev. Scott Woolridge, associate regional minister for transformation in the Illinois/Wisconsin region, took his first workshop to help Disciples wanting to change how their congregations made decisions and handled conflicts. Following the model developed by Healthy Congregations (an interfaith organization based at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio), Woolridge, and the […]

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Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, Regions, Resources
Greater Kansas City region develops congregation transition program

When a pastor resigns or retires, a congregation often faces a major transition. The next steps may feel overwhelming or unclear, but congregations are never alone in these pivotal moments. To facilitate leadership transitions in their congregations, the Greater Kansas City region developed a process to help when a pastor resigns or retires. The first […]

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Pictured accepting the award are Pastor Rebecca Littlejohn, Chair of the Elders Michael Kinnamon, and Outreach Chair Julie Germain
Pacific Southwest congregation honored for homeless ministry work

Submitted by Rev. Rebecca Littlejohn Since 2002, Vista La Mesa Christian Church, in east San Diego County, CA, has opened their doors to neighbors struggling with homelessness for two weeks or more each year, through the Interfaith Shelter Network in their community. Through this program, guests are provided with semi-private rooms overnight, three meals a […]

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Posted on October 25, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical
Answering the 2019 General Assembly’s call to see and respond

October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month emphasis is just the beginning of learning about the issue that affects people across the spectrum of age, race, and economic status. An estimated 12 million people are hostage in toxic relationships. The dynamics are not logical and the complexities around abuse are not easily understood. The authors of the […]

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Posted on October 24, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Family & Children, General Assembly, Resources
Texas congregation hosts “Change the Conversation” immigration conference

Saturday, Oct. 19, First Christian Church in Fort Worth, TX, hosted around 40 people from several congregations for a “Change the Conversation” conference on immigration. The event planning committee decided to focus on immigration and refugee issues because “We wanted truth,” explains committee member and FCC elder Ruth Winkler. “We wanted to hear some truth […]

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Congregation discovers its impact

Not too far from Cane Ridge and Paris, Kentucky, North Middletown Christian Church is, as their pastor Rev. Stephanie Moon says, a “modest” sized congregation. But their impact in the community is marked by generous giving to many causes. In 2018, the congregation embarked on a counting spree. They did not include the contributions the […]

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Posted on October 17, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General
North Carolina congregation partners with general ministries to develop stewardship plan

Congregational transformation doesn’t always require immense creativity or large-scale programs. Instead, important growth can be the result of subtle changes made largely on paper. Reaching out for help is a critical first step. For First Christian Church in Greenville, NC, it was a simple recommendation that made all the difference. At their 2018 homecoming service, […]

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Posted on October 16, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Regions, Resources