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Christmas Offering – 2021

The Christmas Offering supports regional ministries. In 32 regions across the United States and Canada, ministers are nurtured and congregations are provided opportunities for work and worship. Often recognized for the ministries of camps and conferences, regions also play a critical role in the preparation and authorization of ministerial ordination. Both are key to church leadership […]

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Posted on December 19, 2021
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Christmas Offering – 2021

The Christmas Offering supports regional ministries. In 32 regions across the United States and Canada, ministers are nurtured and congregations are provided opportunities for work and worship. Often recognized for the ministries of camps and conferences, regions also play a critical role in the preparation and authorization of ministerial ordination. Both are key to church leadership […]

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Posted on December 12, 2021
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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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Posted on December 2, 2019
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Regions, Resources
Arizona region helps congregation find ‘resurrection story’ in new ministry center

As First Christian Church (FCC) in Glendale, AZ reflected on their congregation’s future, they weren’t alone. With Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), they discussed selling their building to fund a relocation to the West Valley area. After years of conversations, the congregation realized they no longer had the capacity needed for a feasible relocation. Instead, […]

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Posted on December 11, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Ministries, Regions
Washington pastor selected to preach at 2019 General Assembly

For the first time, the 2019 General Assembly Worship Committee announced a call for sermons to identify new voices for the Church’s biennial gathering. The idea came from first vice-moderator and chair of the committee Rev. Beau Underwood. “There are so many good preachers out there that we just haven’t heard of,” Underwood said. “I […]

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Posted on November 26, 2018
Filed under: Congregations, General Assembly, General Board, People, Regions