Disciples News Service

Foundation hosts Disciples Development Conference

Submitted by Christian Church Foundation

More than 40 Disciples representing 29 ministries across the life of the Church gathered in Jacksonville, FL earlier this month for the Disciples Development Conference hosted by the Christian Church Foundation.

On our first night together, development officers, fundraisers, and ministers heard from Rev. Lee Hull Moses, Chief of Staff in the Office of the General Minister and President, about the meaningful intersection between our faith and development work.

We continued to learn and fellowship the next day from our keynote speaker, Lani Starkey, of Fifty Rock Consulting, and through our afternoon breakout sessions: “Permanent Funds and Fiduciary Responsibilities,” “Growing Your Organization’s Endowment Beyond Expectations,” and “New Faces, New Ideas, New Visions: Development-focused Conversation for Mid-Level Development Professionals and Those New to the Field.”

The conference closed Thursday morning with Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Director of the Center for Faith and Giving, leading the group in conversation about stewardship in the 21st century.

The Development Conference was a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues, learning from each other and hearing more about the work and ministry we do.

The 2021 conference is scheduled for Jan. 12-14.