Disciples News Service

National Convocation men’s group leads month of service

Submitted by National Convocation Disciples Men

The National Convocation Disciples Men (NCDM) are spending the month of November in service to communities across the nation. Whether the efforts are building repairs, food distribution, community gardens, voter registration, prison ministry, or sports clinics, NCDM network participants are committing to at least four hours of service, with some committing to longer periods.

In 2015, the organization completed a weekend of service. This year, their executive committee (Arnold Hayes, Bob Williams, Derek Brooks, Donald K. Gillett, II, Franklin Gee, James Vertreese, and Joshua Womble) decided to have a “NCDM Month of Service,” rather than a single weekend, to allow more flexibility in schedules, and hopefully result in greater participation.

The 2017 Month of Service is off to a great start. Alameda Christian Church, in Nashville, TN, assembled food boxes/bags at Second Harvest Food Bank for school feeding programs. The men of the Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship, which includes a number of Disciples churches across the state, are finishing the interior of a youth center & homeless/disaster relief storage building at New Fellowship Christian Church. Bethany Christian Church, in Austin, TX, prepared 110 Thanksgiving food baskets for people in need.

Arnold Hayes, president of the NCDM, said, “As before, the desire is to continue to ‘DO SOMETHING’ as men associated with the National Convocation on a national level, and for groups to see what other men’s groups are doing and get ideas of ways to enhance their ministries, and to motivate some organizations that are inactive to become active.”

Even though this effort focuses on the National Convocation Disciple Men, Disciples Men throughout the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are welcome to participate. For more information or to participate contact the NCDM Outreach/Service Chairperson Franklin Gee or the NCDM online.