2022 Pentecost Offering Turning Struggle into Steadfastness

2022 Pentecost Offering: Turning Struggle into Steadfastness

May 29, 2022 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm EDT

Stories of struggle are nothing new to the church.

From the persecution faced by early Christians to civil rights movements led by faith leaders, the church has found its strength in times of unrest.

The COVID-19 pandemic is yet another chapter in this long history, both nothing unique and yet entirely different. 

Through it all, Disciples have been steadfast. By launching emerging congregations, they have stepped up to care for communities in need.

But they don’t do it alone.

With the help of regional and general ministries, these brave leaders have been provided with facilities to conduct their outreach activities and with online educational opportunities, such as Leadership Academy.

By making a gift to the 2022 Pentecost Offering, received in most congregations on Sundays, May 29 and June 5, you can ensure that the new church movement continues to prosper across the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

Each year, half of these gifts go to your own region to support local new church development. The other half goes to New Church Ministry, which trains, equips, assists, and multiplies new church leaders across the U.S. and Canada through programs such as coaching, New Church Hacks, and Water the Plants.

Planning, nurturing, and sustaining new places of worship is part of the Disciples’ vision – participation in this Special Day Offering helps this vision come to life.

Please consider making a generous gift to this year’s Pentecost Offering.

Resources, including graphics, stories to share, and videos, can be found on the Disciples Mission Fund website.

Stories from previous years’ Pentecost Offerings can be found here.

Trauma-informed Church in Pandemic Recovery

Season 4, Episode 1

April 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

These past few years have been very strenuous for our whole community. With issues on top of the pandemic such as police violence, the threat of war, and other collective traumatic experiences, the need to not only understand how trauma affects an individual’s spirit but how to walk alongside those who are experiencing the responses to trauma is crucial in today’s age. The term ‘Trauma Informed Ministry’ is becoming more commonplace for congregations. Utilizing the work from the field of Trauma Informed Care, this New Church Hacks episode:

  • Familiarized participants with the language of being trauma-informed
  • Provided principles on how to help with trauma responses without retraumatizing individuals
  • Explored spiritual practices that help to center oneself in traumatic experiences.
  • Shared how to form communities of care that are trauma-informed

Joining host Rev. Dr. Jose Martinez (interim Minister of New Church Strategies) were the episode’s current featured guests including Rev. Dr. Irie Lynn Session (preacher at The Gathering: A Womanist Church), Rev. Dawn Bennett (Pastor Developer at The Table), and Joselyn Spence (Director of the Mental Health and Wellness Initiative of the National Benevolent Association).

New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. This free webinar series is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations. For regular updates, be sure to check this page and follow along on social media with #NewChurchHacks!

A link to a recording of the webinar will be emailed to all registrants after the episode airs, regardless of attendance.

Participants can also join us on New Church Ministry’s Facebook page, where a recording of the episode will live on its Videos tab.

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.

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Leaders’ Retreat 2022

March 25, 2022 @ 8:00 am March 27, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT

Picture this: you and a small group of other pastors gather on a lakeshore in the spring. Over the course of a weekend, you hike on walking trails and paddle in a canoe or kayak, all while cultivating leadership skills, self-awareness, and spiritual development.

Leading a community of faith is challenging; why not have a restorative, peaceful, and enlightening event to look forward to that will provide you with opportunities to explore your personality and identify your strengths?

New Church Ministry invites Leadership Academy graduates from the last two years to join our inaugural Leaders’ Retreat. We will host the event at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center in Lake Tahoe from Friday, March 25 to Sunday, March 27, 2022. All attendees are expected to arrive on Thursday, March 24.

This in-person getaway will combine quiet/alone time, team-building with fellow leaders, and guidance from the New Church Ministry Team and coaches, as well as a spiritual director.


Rev. Annie Steinberg-Behrman is Senior Pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. She is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor with over 30 years of experience in Parish Ministry and Spiritual Direction. She graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has served as a chaplain, as the solo pastor of a rural church and in large urban settings. Annie loves music, is learning to play the concertina and singing. She also loves to cook, garden, read and watch British Mysteries She lives in Berkeley, CA with her wife of 18 years, two dogs and four cats. They have four grown children.

Rev. Dr. Trey Flowers has been serving on the staff of Disciples congregations for more than twenty years, including his current role as Senior Minister at Beargrass Christian Church.

As an Enneagram Type 7 (“The Enthusiast”), Trey gets energized by helping others learn the Enneagram for personal, professional, and congregational transformation. His training began more than 10 years ago after first learning the system from Suzanne Stabile and has expanded since then to become an Enneagram teacher himself in congregational workshops and provide Enneagram-based consulting for staff teams. More recently, Trey wrote his doctoral project on how the Enneagram can be used as a tool for effective preaching across the diverse perspectives of each personality type likely present in the pews each week.


Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center

660 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, Nevada 89448 United States
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775-588-6759 ext 100