Disciples News Service

Category: Resources

The importance of authenticity in leadership: a conversation with Richie Sanchez

This interview originally appeared on the Higher Education & Leadership Ministries (HELM) website. The Disciples Leadership Institute (DLI) brings together emerging Disciples leaders, seeking to deepen understanding and develop relationships across perceived boundaries of race, culture and language. This month a past DLI participant, Richie Sanchez, who has just recently been called to serve as […]

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Posted on October 30, 2019
Filed under: General Ministries, Higher Education, Resources
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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Prepare to meet Jesus anew this Advent

submitted by Chalice Press How are you preparing yourself and your congregation to meet Jesus this Advent? In two new inspiring daily Advent devotionals from Chalice Press, you and your church will consider what it means to prepare for an incarnate God, a God who comes into our lives, meets us right where we are, and […]

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Posted on October 17, 2019
Filed under: General, General Ministries, Resources
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
Oregon congregation works to build affordable housing on church property

Five years ago, members of neighboring congregations in Portland, OR – St. Johns Community Church (Disciples of Christ) and University Park United Methodist Church – began looking for ways to better serve people in their community without affordable housing. They knew many people had been displaced from the neighborhood as rent prices skyrocketed. They knew […]

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Posted on October 2, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, Ecumenical, Resources
Reconciliation grant supports Disciples Home Missions staff and board training

“Joining the DHM’s Pro-Reconciling/Anti-Racism Team (PRAR) team has been eye-opening and I’ve learned a lot,” says Brenda Tyler, Disciples Home Missions (DHM) Ministry Associate who now serves as Co-Convener of the PRAR Team. In 1998, DHM, then Division of Homeland Ministries, was one of seven entities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) asked to […]

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Posted on September 18, 2019
Filed under: Family & Children, General Ministries, Resources
#DMFday gifts impact regional and general ministries

On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, Disciples gathered online and in-person to celebrate our Church’s past, present, and future with a giving day for Disciples Mission Fund. Coordinated by staff in the Office of General Minister and President, over $25,000 was given by individuals and congregations across the life of the Church on #DMFday. In Indianapolis, […]

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Disciples Mission Fund covenant makes ministry possible

Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) brings the whole Church together, connecting us to the life-giving and life-saving work we have been called to do. Since the mid-1900s, Disciples have used shared funding to facilitate our denomination’s growing cooperation. DMF is a simplified giving option for congregations or individuals that voluntarily share support. Gifts to DMF undergird […]

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