Veteran New Church Leader Named Minister for New Church Strategies

INDIANAPOLIS — A veteran leader of new church efforts will assume the full-time leadership role for New Church Ministry after serving a year in a transitional role, according to an announcement by Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF). DCEF oversees New Church Ministry (NCM) on behalf of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Continue reading “Veteran New Church Leader Named Minister for New Church Strategies”

A prayer for Black History Month

On the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Water the Plants intercessors from across the United States and Canada gather with one another on the phone to pray for new congregations and their leaders, as well as regional and general or racial/ethnic ministries. They are led by a group prayer leader, who also focuses prayers on a theme, whether that’s new beginnings or rejoicing in giving.

At the latest group prayer call, Rev. Anita Cobb, Camp Ministry Committee Chair for the Pacific Southwest Region, led the gathered Disciples in a powerful prayer for emerging churches and their leaders in her region, as well as National Convocation and Black History Month.

Continue reading “A prayer for Black History Month”

How the church can respond to sexual assault

A condensed version of this post appeared in the April 2022 issue of the New Church Know-It-All.

“Every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted,” according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). The Canadian Women’s Foundation reports that sexual assault occurs at a rate of 22 incidents per 1,000 people aged 15 and older.

Continue reading “How the church can respond to sexual assault”