GA-1924

GA-1924

 RESOLUTION TO CELEBRATE THE FORMATION OF NEW CONGREGATIONS AND CONTINUE THE COLLECTIVE COMMITMENT TO MAKE DISCIPLES

 (Operational, Policy and Organizational)

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WHEREAS, throughout our history, the Stone-Campbell movement has been marked by courageous leaders called to create communities rooted in God’s mission; and

WHEREAS, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) embraced the challenge to form 1,000 congregations in 1,000 different ways pursuant to the 2020 Vision; and

WHEREAS, since 2001, bold Disciples leaders have answered this call by establishing new churches through organic and affiliating growth in the United States and Canada, and celebrate that according to New Church Ministries and Year Book and Directory data, more than 60 percent are still bearing Christ’s witness to the world five years after their inception; and

WHEREAS, the New Church Movement is a major contributor to the racial/ethnic diversity of the Church, as exemplified by at least 28 languages in which our congregations worship, demonstrating our commitment to affirm and advocate for our current and emerging racial/ethnic communities; and

WHEREAS, New Church Ministry partners with all the expressions of the Church to train, equip, assist and multiply New Church leaders as they guide new congregations in God’s mission; and

WHEREAS, it is through these partnerships, ongoing Pentecost Offering, financial stewardship, missional transformation and the faithful call and development of new leaders that Disciples continue to change the world; and

WHEREAS, it is through this cooperative spirit of support and prayer, and through the mighty courage and commitment of New Church leaders and their families, that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) lives into the mandate of the Great Commission;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) meeting July 20-24, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa, celebrates the courageous New Church work accomplished; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the formation of new congregations and faith communities continue to be a priority of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada beyond the year 2020 as we answer God’s call to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

New Church Ministry

 

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The General Board recommends that the General Assembly ADOPT GA-1924. (Discussion Time: 12 minutes)

 

New Congregations and Faith Communities – 2017-2018

Abolition Christian Church DOC, Los Angeles, CA
Agape Center, Las Vegas, NV
Anew Church, Chicago, IL
Beloved of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Berth-A Safe Harbor for Healing, Long Beach, CA
Cabin Worship Center, Springfield, ME
Casa de Adoracion y Alabanza, Phoenix, AZ
Chalice Community Christian Church, Petersburg, VA
Christ Fellowship Community Church, Dallas, TX
Christian Restoration Outreach Centre Ministry, Plantation, FL
Church of the Possible, St Augustine, FL
Chuukese Christian Church, Humble, TX
Community Worship Center, Gardena, CA
Congregational Christian Church of Americankane, Spokane, WA
Eglise Parole de Vie/Word of Life Church, Joliette, QC Canada
First Pacific Islander Christian Church, Bismarck, ND
FISH 153, Corder, MO
Fred – A Community Get-Together, Aledo, TX
Free Spririt Christian Church, Ypsilanti, MI
Grace Community, Danville, VA
Green Life Church, Raytown, MO
Happy Christian Church, Northbrook, IL
Heavenly Gate Christian Church, Skokie, IL
Iglesia Cristiana-Nuevo Comienzo, Aniston, AL
Iglesia Nueva Vida, Riverside, CA
Journey Christian Church, Seattle, WA
Journey Church of Dallas, Richardson, TX
Jubilee Farms DOC/UCC, Decatur, IL
Kentucky Islander Christian Church, Independence, KY
La Nueva de Sion, Tyler, TX
Life Ministries, Los Angeles, CA
Maranatha Church, West Palm Beach, FL
Micronesian Gospel Church, Corsicana, TX
Ministerios Cosecha Final, Ontario, CA
Missio Dei Community, Santa Cruz, CA
MissionGathering, Issaquah, WA
MissionGathering, Pasadena, CA
MissionGathering, Thornton, CO
New Alliance Church, Port St Lucie, FL
New Evangelical Missionary Church of God, Miami, FL
Northwest Regional Christian Church, Arlington, WA
Nueva Comunidad Cristiana, Ocoee, FL
Pacific Islander Agape Church, Pensacola, FL
Pacific Outreach Christian Church, Boise, ID
Primera Iglesia Cristiana, Huntsville, AL
Q3 Faith Community, El Segundo, CA
Rome Disciples of Christ, Rome, GA
Schekinah Church, Miramar, FL
Somos Uno CC, Montreal, QC Canada
South Asian Ministries, Vernon Hills, IL
Tabernacle of Jesus Christ Middleburg, Orange Park, FL
Table of Grace, Chicago, IL
The Gathering, Dallas, TX
The Table Ministries, Oklahoma City, OK
The Turning Table, Crescent City, FL
To Be Love Community, Fort Wayne, IN
UCC/DOC of St. Augustine, St Augustine, FL
Victory Church, Wheeling, IL
Walking on Water Christian Church, Pasadena, CA
Wichita Christian Church, Wichita, KS

GA-1717

(Operational, Policy and Organizational)

RESOLUTION TO CELEBRATE AND REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO THE VISION OF PLANTING 1,000 NEW CONGREGATIONS BY 2020

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WHEREAS, throughout our history, the Stone-Campbell movement has been marked by courageous leaders called to create communities rooted in God’s mission for wholeness; and

 WHEREAS, God has called Disciples to start 1,000 Disciples congregations in 1,000 different ways by the year 2020; and

WHEREAS, since 2001, bold Disciples leaders have answered this call by establishing more than 975 new churches, including plants and affiliates, in United States and Canada, and celebrate that over 60-percent are still bearing Christ’s witness to the world five years past their inception; and

WHEREAS, the New Church Movement, in response to the 2020 Vision, is a major contributor to the racial/ethnic diversity of our congregations, as exemplified by at least 28 languages in which we now worship Church-wide; and

WHEREAS, Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation partners with Disciples Regions and Areas, National Convocation, Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries and North American Pacific/Asian Disciples to train, equip, assist and multiply new church leaders as they guide new congregations into God’s mission; and

WHEREAS, it is through this partnership and the mighty courage and commitment of new church planters and their families that the New Church Movement serves as an area for growth in the denomination;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) meeting July 8-12, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana, celebrates the meaningful New Church work already accomplished and encourages the whole Church, Regions, Areas, and congregations to recommit to the critical mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to start new churches through 2020 and beyond. By collective spiritual support and prayer, ongoing Pentecost Offering giving, financial stewardship, and the faithful call and formation of new leaders, Disciples will champion the proclamation: “Churches Change the World… Start More!”

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation

2017 – 20

  1. Urban Missions – Pomona, CA
  2. Potluck Church – Madisonville, KY
  3. Vision of Jesus Christian Church – All these churches are PSWR region and are under care by the region
  4. Joyful Church
  5. Loving Jesus Church
  6. Nanum Christian Church
  7. Silver Lakes Christian Church
  8. Casa de Oración Fullerton
  9. Casa de Refugio
  10. Centro de Alabanza Emanuel
  11. Centro Familiar Cristiano Restauración
  12. Iglesia Cristiana de Ventura
  13. Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel
  14. Iglesia Cristiana Encuentro con Dios
  15. Iglesia Cristiana Seguidores de Cristo
  16. Iglesia Discípulos de Cristo
  17. Fe, Esperanza y Amor Christian Church
  18. Iglesia Unida en Cristo
  19. Iglesia Cristiana – Árbol de Vida, Pensacola, FL – In Formation
  20. Primera Iglesia Cristiana, Birmingham, AL – In Formation

2016 -14

  1. Community Christian Church – Brooklyn, NY
  2. The Church at Lake Cherokee – Henderson, TX
  3. New Life in Christ Christian Church – Louisville, KY
  4. First Tongan Christian Church – Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Centro la Familia Cristiano Church – Rowlett, TX
  6. Bethel Ethiopian Christian Church – Dallas, TX
  7. New Life Christian Church – Sacramento, CA
  8. First Samoan Congregational Christian Church – Oakland, CA
  9. Disciples in the Wilderness – Conroe, TX
  10. Life Recovery Fellowship Church – Hastings, NE
  11. New Hope Community Christian – MO
  12. Chuukese Fellowship Church of Christ – Salem, OH – Affiliation Process
  13. Iglesia Cristiana Príncipe de Paz – Portland, OR – Affiliation Process
  14. Iglesia Nueva Vida – Portland, OR – Affiliation Process

2015 – 20

  1. Congregational Christian Church – Stockton, CA
  2. La Viña – Troutdale, OR
  3. Christ Church – Portland, OR
  4. Saint John’s Community Church – Portland, OR
  5. Pacific Islands Family Church – Portland, OR
  6. Iglesia Cristiana Bíblica Eben-Ezer – Dallas, TX
  7. At the Cross Christian Church – Dallas, TX
  8. Open Table Christian Church – Murfreesboro, TN
  9. Church of Another Chance – Nashville, TN
  10. Co-Heirs with Christ Missions INC – Lexington, KY
  11. Discípulos de Cristo – Springfield, VA
  12. Visión Mundial para la Familia – Arlington, TX
  13. Pacific Islanders Fellowship- Lakewood, CO
  14. Centro Cristiano Discípulos de Cristo en Houston – Houston
  15. Saint Paul’s Church – Dearborn Heights, MI
  16. Casa de Refugio Christian Church – Covina, CA
  17. Zeteo – Houston, TX
  18. Sacred Hoop Native American – Tulsa, OK
  19. New Century Fellowship Christian Church – Louisville, KY
  20. Downtown Disciples – Des Moines, IA

The General Board recommends that the General Assembly ADOPT GA-1717. (Discussion Time: 12 minutes)