From its beginnings on the American frontier in the early 19th century, what became known as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) developed out of a tension between congregational autonomy and the need to work together.  Like other faith based organizations in the United States, Disciples called staff and created structures to provide resources and training as well as to extend their reach and maximize their influence in the popular culture.  
Areas are the latest example (1982) of Mid-America Disciples organizing beyond the congregation (yet within a larger Region). They are four semi-autonomous geographic groupings of congregations, each calling its Area Minister, funding administrative operations, and planning ministries and missions.
Conversations have already begun about the future of Areas as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America considers streamlining governance structures and investing more staff time and resources in better serving and supporting congregations. Click here for more information.

Contact information for each of the four Area offices is listed below.

Visit their web pages here:
Northeast Area
Northwest Area
Ozark Lakes Area
Southeast Gateway Area

Click here for a list of Regional Ministries organized by Area.