Disciples News Service

Category: Resources

Free Special Day Offering materials available to order

As you prepare for 2020, update your order for free Special Day Offering materials! For each Special Day Offering (Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas), the following materials are available to order on the Disciples Mission Fund website: Bulletin inserts (come in packs of 50) Offering envelopes (come in packs of 50; shipped twice a year […]

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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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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