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What a congregation for those impacted by incarceration can teach the church about welcoming all

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. Dr. Louis tells us that there’s both a lack of prison ministries and congregations doing … Continue reading What a congregation for those impacted by incarceration can teach the church about welcoming all

Navigating death, intimacy, and the palpable nature of online church with Rev. Orlando Scott

New Church Ministry’s interview with Rev. Orlando Scott started later than expected. As a chaplain at Northside Hospital in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Ga., he had just spent time in comfort care with a dying patient and her boyfriend, who had been brought down from another floor. Rev. Orlando is busy turning on lamps in his … Continue reading Navigating death, intimacy, and the palpable nature of online church with Rev. Orlando Scott

Water the Plants Prayer Summit

Water the Plants hears from new church movement supporters at inaugural Prayer Summit

The Water the Plants initiative was born out of New Church Ministry’s vision to support new church plants within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Because our ministry seeks to train, equip, assist, and multiply emerging and affiliating congregations and leaders, we understand that supporting them is essential. So, in July of last year, our team started Water the Plants. … Continue reading Water the Plants hears from new church movement supporters at inaugural Prayer Summit

You never know what’s going to happen with Kesh ‘Oved Faith Ministries

What makes a new church unique? How can Disciples do church the new way? The answers are as diverse as the congregations in formation across the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. But one thing is common: launching a new place of worship is difficult. It's especially difficult in the middle … Continue reading You never know what’s going to happen with Kesh ‘Oved Faith Ministries

Throwing out the agenda at the Hopeful Economics UnConference

With over a year of remote working experience, many homebound workers are wary of signing up for yet another online event due to "Zoom fatigue." Passively sitting in front of a screen while a stranger shares information or fumbles with a poor Internet connection leads many of us to multi-task, largely ignoring what's taking place … Continue reading Throwing out the agenda at the Hopeful Economics UnConference

From Ghana to Kentucky: How One Pastor Learned to Abide in Christ

On a Sunday afternoon in early December, Rev. Foster Frimpong, the founder of Co-Heirs with Christ Missions in Lexington, KY, was ordained while participants looked on over Zoom. This would be an unorthodox way of conducting such a process in any other year, but for 2020, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary and still marked a milestone for … Continue reading From Ghana to Kentucky: How One Pastor Learned to Abide in Christ

Introducing the Water the Plants Prayer Summit

Since last summer, Disciples from across the life of the church have been praying for the new church movement. New Church Ministry’s (NCM) church-wide Water the Plants (WtP) initiative has faithfully gathered together prayer intercessors every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening on the phone to prioritize the spiritual discipline of prayer and ask God to care for new … Continue reading Introducing the Water the Plants Prayer Summit

Rick Reisinger Announces Retirement Plans

Indianapolis, Indiana – On Monday, January 11, 2021, Erick D. ‘Rick’ Reisinger, President of Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), shared his plans with the DCEF Board and staff to retire at year’s end --December 31, 2021.  “This decision has been a long time in coming and is the result of a very personal discernment process,” Rick … Continue reading Rick Reisinger Announces Retirement Plans