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General Minister and President offers pastoral word in response to COVID19 pandemic

“Hello Disciples, this is your General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens. Psalm 46 tells us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change and the mountains even crumble into the sea. there is a lot going on […]

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Disciples Mission Fund makes ministry possible

The past year was full of incredible examples our Church showing up in the world, loving our neighbors, working for justice, and sharing the gospel. This good work is made possible by your congregation’s gifts to Disciples Mission Fund (DMF). In 2019, Disciples responded to the refugee crisis around the world through partnerships fostered through […]

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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
Southeast Regional Fellowship holds collaboration event

Submitted by Rev. John Mobley, regional minister for Alabama/Northwest Florida Leaders from the eight southeastern regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gathered at Christmount in Black Mountain, NC, for a collaboration event on Feb. 28-March 2, 2019. A variety of leaders, elected officers, and several regional ministry staff persons from the SERF regions […]

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Posted on March 4, 2019
Filed under: Regions
Annual Year Book connects Disciples congregations and ministries

How do we take a snapshot of our denomination? Where can we find some history on our congregation? How many Disciples congregations are there in my area? What do our general ministries do? These questions and more are answered in the annual Year Book and Directory. The Year Book serves numerous administrative functions, compiling General Board […]

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General Minister and President offers New Year’s resolutions to reconnect

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to […]

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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