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The Past, Present, and Future of New Church

March 6 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EST

A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Dick Hamm

As we begin to unpack all that is DisciplesNEXT, we first look to where this whole thing began: the 2020 Vision. In this IMPACT episode with 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) author and former General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Dick Hamm, he and Rev. Dr. Jose Martinez, Minister of New Church Strategies, will examine all that has led to where we are now and what is next for the New Church movement in our tradition.

Richard L. Hamm attended Butler University (B.A. Religion, 1970) and Christian Theological Seminary (Dr. of Ministry, 1974) in Indianapolis. Dick is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served congregations for 25 years in Indiana, Kansas and Missouri.  He has served in rural, exurban, urban and suburban settings and has been an associate minister, founding pastor of a new church, and senior minister with multiple staff. He has twice been recognized for mediating settlements in school districts and thus averting teachers’ strikes. He received the “Model Minister” Award from the Indiana Region in 1990.

Dick served as Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tennessee (1990-1993) and was named “Tennessee Ecumenist of the Year” in 1993. He served as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada from 1993 to 2003. He served from 2007 – 2012 as the first Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA, a new and very broad ecumenical organization that includes 36 communions from five “families”: Mainline Protestants, Historic Black Churches, Evangelicals/Pentecostals, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox as well as several Christian organizations including Bread For The World, Christians for Social Action, Habitat For Humanity, and Sojourners. See www.ChristianChurchesTogether.org.

Dick is the author of three books, 2020 Vision for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and From Mainline to Front Line and Recreating The Church: Leadership For The Post-Modern Age.

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