Rev. Dr. Louis Threatt never thought he’d be a pastor. But that changed when he became a prison chaplain in North Carolina, where he noticed a disconnect between church and prison. In a recent video call with New Church Ministry, Rev. Louis tells us that there’s both a lack of prison ministries and congregations […]
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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, […]
Submitted by Rev. John Mobley, regional minister for Alabama/Northwest Florida Approximately 45 Disciples leaders (clergy and lay) from all across the southeastern United States gathered at Brookhaven Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, for a two-day “Train the Trainers” event on May 3-4. All of the eight regions included in the Southeast Regional Fellowship (SERF) were […]
By the Rev. Teresa Hord Owens As I prepared to speak at the 2019 Greater Kansas City Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service hosted at Community Christian Church, I saw the news and ensuing controversy of the conflict on the very steps the Rev. Dr. King spoke during the 1963 March on Washington. The juxtaposition […]
The “new” settled regional minister for North Carolina is a familiar face to that region. This bridge-builder is the first woman and first African American to lead the region. Bishop Valerie Melvin will be installed on June 30. She has been associate regional minister in the region since 2007. Melvin is a living bridge between […]