Disciples News Service

Category: Congregations

Pension Fund announces The Gathering – A Retreat for Clergy

Submitted by Pension Fund As part of its expansion of Ministerial Relief and Assistance and in renewing its commitment to walk with clergy throughout all stages of ministry, Pension Fund of the Christian Church has announced The Gathering – A Retreat for Clergy. The Gathering is a biennial conference promoting the mental, spiritual, and financial […]

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Posted on July 9, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Resources
Utah congregation ministers to prison population

In some ways, St. Francis of Assisi Christian Church, in Draper, UT, is like numerous other congregations. They offer a traditional worship service centered on communion, sermons, and music. They partner with local organizations to support the homeless community in their area. In at least one way, though, St. Francis is unlike most congregations: they […]

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Posted on July 1, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, People, Regions
Noted scholars update book on Disciples identity

Launching at the 2019 General Assembly, Disciples: Who We Are and What Holds Us Together is a substantial update to Rev. Drs. Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn’s 2009 work (both published by Chalice Press). While the content is certainly revised, so was the authors’ process. “We realized that, even more than in 2009, two white […]

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Posted on June 20, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Assembly, General Ministries, People, Resources
Group of children dancing at FCC's special needs VBS
Texas church offers special needs ministry

Submitted by Meredeth Brown, First Christian Church in Kilgore, TX One simple question turned into an outreach ministry that touches many families in our community: “How can we include a very loved, special needs 4-year-old in VBS?” God prompted the next thought, “Who else could we include? Who else could we love on in our […]

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Posted on June 13, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Family & Children, Youth
Disciples leaders visit Missouri tornado victims

Submitted by Week of Compassion After the devastation of recent tornadoes and significant flooding that followed, communities across the Midwest begin the long journey towards recovery. Jefferson City, MO suffered some of the most significant impact. Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin says, “As our city and state recover from these devastating storms and flooding, the […]

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Anew Church: Welcoming all to a new worship experience

Submitted by New Church Ministry Sometimes a name says it all. But, sometimes, it only hints at all there is to know. Anew Church is a Chicago-based Disciples ministry serving the residents of the Roseland, Woodlawn, West Pullman, Chatham, and South Shore neighborhoods. The stated mission of this self-described ‘church without walls’ is to “make our […]

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Posted on June 4, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Young Adult, Youth
Rev. Dr. Chris Hobgood, former GMP, passes

The Rev. Dr. William Chris Hobgood, former general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) passed into new life in Christ May 31, 2019. Hobgood was general minister and president from October 2003 to July 2005. In addition to his work in the general Church, Hobgood was regional minister in Arkansas and […]

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Beloved of San Diego: Celebrating grace, inclusion, and compassion

Submitted by New Church Ministry Beloved of San Diego, a progressive ‘and contemplative’ Disciples community in southern California, is unique – in vision, focus and, certainly, origin. It started in 2014 out of the concern of its founding pastor, Dale Suggs, for people who had left two nearby congregations during periods of conflict and never […]

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Posted on May 24, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries
MNCC: Founded on service, inclusivity, and ‘standing together’

Submitted by New Church Ministry Multi Nation Christian Church (MNCC) of Kansas City, MO, a Haitian-American congregation, was started back in February 2017 by three pastors looking to make a difference. Later that same year, after Hurricane Maria ravaged the Caribbean, clergy and church members collected donations and sent them to Haiti in support of […]

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Posted on May 17, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries