39 Hacks to Prevent Ministry Burnout
May
22
2:00 PM14:00

39 Hacks to Prevent Ministry Burnout

Join in this free webinar and:

  • Learn to lead from within and find ongoing renewal for a compassion-filled life

  • Discover ways you can combat burnout for your church staff

  • Discuss how church members can help their pastor and leaders avoid it

  • Recognize your own triggers to avert looming burnout around the corner

Learn more and register here.

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Men's Rites of Passage 2019
Jun
19
to Jun 23

Men's Rites of Passage 2019

The retreat is a five-day / four night, deeply prayerful and soulful experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through simple and moving rituals and teaching. Each day includes participating in group prayer, major teachings on central masculine spirituality themes, quiet time for reflection, and sharing in the context of a “home group.”

Contact Regional Minister Paul Koch for more information.
See flyer * Visit MN Men’s website

Leadership Development grants are available for this event.

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Association of Disciple Musicians Conference
Jul
7
to Jul 12

Association of Disciple Musicians Conference

  • Webster Groves Christian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are so excited that this wonderful annual conference will take place here in Mid-America this year! The event will feature distinguished Disciples, Dr. Ron Allen & Linda McKiernan-Allen as Worship Clinicians and Andra Moran as Emerging Worship Clinician.

Join us at Webster Groves CC in St. Louis. Find all the information and register here.

Leadership Development grants are available for this event. Event brochure

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Boundary Training
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Boundary Training

  • Central Christian Church - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a second level “Boundaries & Beyond” course, requiring previous participation in a first level boundary training course. It will cover topics such as boundaries & internet, social media, self-care, and privilege & responsibility.

Our instructor is Rev. Katrina Palan.

Clergy with active ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) must participate in a boundary training session every three years. The $55 registration fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Register online now

Mail-in registration form: Word format - pdf format

The Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ also offers boundary training that fulfills the Disciples requirement. Find their schedule here.

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General Assembly
Jul
20
to Jul 24

General Assembly

This is our biennial national gathering. Find all the information on the Assembly website.

Learn about MissionFest! Read the Covenant Journal from the last General Board meeting.

If you are serving as a delegate, you may apply for reimbursement of a portion of your registration fee through our Rickman Legacy Leadership Development Fund. Find more information and the application form here.

Note for clergy: Both boundary training and pro-reconciliation/anti-racism training, which are required of active clergy every three years, are available among the Assembly’s education session options.

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Persons in Ministry Retreat
Sep
16
to Sep 18

Persons in Ministry Retreat

The theme this year is “The God Who Sings Over Us” and is based on Zephaniah 3:17.

The guest speaker is Valerie Tutson. Valerie will model for Persons in Ministry Retreat participants how to take a common Biblical narrative and transform it into voyage that is refreshing, enthusiastic and intriguing for any context.  Break-out circles will provide opportunity for all to intersect our stories with The Story. 

We look forward to this event with our UCC partners. Learn more on the event brochure.
$150 until August 17. $165 after. Register online.

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Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training

This training event offers both the introductory level session and the next-level session for those who have attended the basic training before.

In the entry level Anti-racism training attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism

  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.

  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry

  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities

  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

The second level assumes understanding of all the introductory material and focuses on community organizing toward racial justice.

The fee is $50 for either track, which includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Plan to arrive and check in by 8:45am so training can begin promptly at 9:00.
Check-in opens at 8:15am.

Effective January 1, 2017, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America's Regional Commission on the Order of Ministry added to its continuing education policy the requirement of an approved Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism training course every three years. This policy change is to underscore the Region's commitment tot he identity of the Disciples as a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

Register Online

Mail-in registration form: Word format - pdf format

Learn more about Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism.
Learn more about Disciples Reconciliation Ministry.

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Boundary Training
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Boundary Training

  • Second Christian Church - Jefferson City (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are created in and for relationships.  Life-enriching relationships, whether with intimate partners, family, friends, colleagues or parishioners, require healthy boundaries.  This workshop explores the meaning and practice of healthy boundaries in the context of ministry.  It will also identify the signs, dangers, and preventions of boundary violations, including those in today’s social media.  The workshop begins with an assumption that the complexity of relational dynamics in the congregation is one of its greatest possibilities and its greatest challenges for ministry.

Our instructor is Rev. Donna Rose-Heim. She is an ordained Disciple minister and has served both in congregations and on regional staffs. She has been an installed pastor and has served as a transitional interim in several settings. She now serves as a consultant, speaker, trainer and writer. She serves as lead instructor for the Mid-America Region in providing Boundary Training for clergy. She was trained by Dr. Marie Fortune and Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih of the Faith Trust Institute. She is author of “Dream Walking”, which she published in 2007, and “Dream Walking for Kids” published in 2011. She has led numerous retreats about the spiritual life.

Clergy with active ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) must participate in such a boundary training session every three years. The $55 registration fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Register online now

Mail-in registration form: Word format - pdf format

The Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ also offers boundary training that fulfills the Disciples requirement. Find their schedule here.

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Regional Assembly
Oct
2
to Oct 3

Regional Assembly

  • Lake Ozark Christian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Details will be posted as they become available, but mark your calendars now for this biennial event!

We look forward to gathering for worship, fellowship, and education. The business session will include votes on the board of directors and the budget for the next two years.

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Cane Ridge Re-Vital
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

Cane Ridge Re-Vital

  • United Christian Presbyterian Church - Richmond (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Spirit of the Living God is awakening churches to new possibilities and granting new visions and dreams! The Regional Minister Team is providing a format and focus to bring us together more tightly and connect us with a very specific direction. Our "Cane Ridge Re-Vital" events will be Christ-centered and Spirit-infused to help us move beyond 'business as usual' to a renewed conviction of being disciples of Christ. We invite all congregational leaders to attend one of these eight gatherings being held across the Region over the next twelve months.

RSVP at (660) 415-1000 by May 5th. Event flyer for more information.

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Aging: Growing in Faith and Wisdom
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Aging: Growing in Faith and Wisdom

Join us and invite your friends for this lively discussion and thoughtful dialogue. Learn new pathways to making decisions and acting upon them in the midst of change. Explore how courage and faith intermingle.

This is a free workshop thanks to a National Benevolent Association grant, congregational support, and our Leadership Development program funded by the Rickman Legacy Fund. The session will be led by family counselor and gerontologist Jan Aerie as part of our Ministries With and For Older Adults series.

Invitation * Register here

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Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

This training event offers both the introductory level session and the next-level session for those who have attended the basic training before.

In the entry level Anti-racism training attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism

  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.

  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry

  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities

  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

The second level assumes understanding of all the introductory material and focuses on community organizing toward racial justice.

The fee is $50 for either track, which includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Plan to arrive and check in by 8:45am so training can begin promptly at 9:00.
Check-in opens at 8:15am.

Effective January 1, 2017, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America's Regional Commission on the Order of Ministry added to its continuing education policy the requirement of an approved Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism training course every three years. This policy change is to underscore the Region's commitment tot he identity of the Disciples as a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

Register Online

Mail-in registration form: Word format - pdf format

Learn more about Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism.
Learn more about Disciples Reconciliation Ministry.

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Aging: Facing New Realities
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Aging: Facing New Realities

Join us and invite your friends for this lively discussion and thoughtful dialogue. Explore ways to age more gracefully and imagine how to become wise mentors for youth. Difficult topics can be inspiring ways through compelling stories. Examine the maze of aging, while uncovering some of our greatest challenges and gifts. 

This is a free workshop thanks to a National Benevolent Association grant, congregational support, and our Leadership Development program funded by the Rickman Legacy Fund. The session will be led by family counselor and gerontologist Jan Aerie as part of our Ministries With and For Older Adults series.

Invitation * Event flyer * Register here

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African American Convocation
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

African American Convocation

  • Second Christian Church - Jefferson City (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

All are invited to this year’s Convocation gathering.

Our special guest speaker will be the President of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) Rev. Chris Dorsey.

Regional Minister Rev. Ron Routledge will be installed.

See event flyer for more information and registration form. Adults $40, youth $10. Register by April 13.

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Hike Against Hunger
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Hike Against Hunger

Join Memorial Boulevard Christian Church as they work in partnership with Week of Compassion and Church World Service to fund the repair of six homes which have been damaged by hurricanes in Puerto Rico. This year’s goal is $12,000.

All are most welcome to join in walking all 20K of the route, or whatever portion you can!
If you can’t make it that day, your donations to the cause would be very appreciated!

Invitation letter * Hike poster * Sponsor sheet

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Growing Older: Living Longer
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Growing Older: Living Longer

  • First Christian Church - Maryville (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Aging – Everyone is doing it, yet, how do our fears get in the way? Faith and spiritual development are our guide to graceful and heroic living. Discover ways to navigate life’s unexpected transitions, make better family decisions, and know when to ask for help.

This is a free workshop thanks to a National Benevolent Association grant, congregational support, and our Leadership Development program funded by the Rickman Legacy Fund. The session will be led by family counselor and gerontologist Jan Aerie as part of our Ministries With and For Older Adults series.

Register here.

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Training: Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms of Child Abuse
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Training: Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms of Child Abuse

For clergy this would be a great continuing education opportunity . Since churches are mandatory reporters of child abuse, this would also be beneficial to laity. The workshop is free and open to the public. The training is being provided by Aryn Crawford who is the Community Outreach & Development Coordinator at the Children's Center in Joplin.

Event flyer. RSVP to (417) 624-2522.

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The Status of Women - Global, Local, and Church
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

The Status of Women - Global, Local, and Church

This Disciples Seminary Foundation webinar will feature Rev. Dr. Pat Donahoo, Rev. Chelsa Nickeln, and Ms. Marilyn Williams. They will tell you all of the heartbreaking and uplifting news about women in the world, empowering you to advocate in small and big ways for women both around the globe and in your neighborhoods.

Learn more and register here.

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The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thing
Mar
28
to Mar 30

The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thing

  • Southwood United Church of Christ - Raytown (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Christ is more than Jesus’ last name. Jesus is a person whose example we can follow. Christ is a cosmic life principle in which all beings participate. The incarnation is an ongoing revelation of  Christ, uniting matter and spirit, operating as one and everywhere. Together—Jesus and Christ—show us “the way, the truth, and the life” of death and resurrection.

Speakers include Richard Rohr, John Dominic Crossan, and Jacqui Lewis. Learn more>

This conference is being held in New Mexico but our friends at Southwood United Church of Christ in Raytown are hosting a live webcast.

To register for this event in Raytown, contact Regional Minister Paul Koch at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net. $39 fee includes conference registration, refreshments throughout, a copy of The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, and a study guide. View the schedule.

Other churches are also welcome to host a live webcast.

Leadership Development grants are available for this event.

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SE Disciples Women Spring Board meeting
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

SE Disciples Women Spring Board meeting

The Spring Board meeting for officers of the former SEGateway area and representatives from each church with any type of Women's Ministries group will be Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. at First Christian Church in Festus.  We will register and have fellowship and business will begin promptly at 10:30.  The donation for lunch will be $5.  Please respond to Judi Linville if you are going to attend, and if more than one person is coming with you, please give me that person's reservation also. RSVP by Friday, March 8, please so the women at Festus can know how many to plan for. 

Business will primarily involve final plans for the Spring Festival on April 13 which will be held at Webster Groves CC.  Please put this date on your calendars now. 

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Boundary Training
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Boundary Training

  • First Christian Church - Brookfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are created in and for relationships.  Life-enriching relationships, whether with intimate partners, family, friends, colleagues or parishioners, require healthy boundaries.  This workshop explores the meaning and practice of healthy boundaries in the context of ministry.  It will also identify the signs, dangers, and preventions of boundary violations, including those in today’s social media.  The workshop begins with an assumption that the complexity of relational dynamics in the congregation is one of its greatest possibilities and its greatest challenges for ministry.

Our instructor is Rev. Donna Rose-Heim. She is an ordained Disciple minister and has served both in congregations and on regional staffs. She has been an installed pastor and has served as a transitional interim in several settings. She now serves as a consultant, speaker, trainer and writer. She serves as lead instructor for the Mid-America Region in providing Boundary Training for clergy. She was trained by Dr. Marie Fortune and Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih of the Faith Trust Institute. She is author of “Dream Walking”, which she published in 2007, and “Dream Walking for Kids” published in 2011. She has led numerous retreats about the spiritual life.

Clergy with active ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) must participate in such a boundary training session every three years. The $55 registration fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Register online now

Mail-in registration form: Word format - pdf format

The Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ also offers boundary training that fulfills the Disciples requirement. Find their schedule here.

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Winter Talk 2019
Feb
25
to Feb 27

Winter Talk 2019

  • Phillips Theological Seminary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Sixth annual Winter Talk is a three day conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery (DOD) and its influence on Christian theology and polity, with an emphasis on the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) relationship with Indigenous tribes and peoples. Hosted by the Yakama Christian Mission Council, and Phillips Theological Seminary, Winter Talk is dedicated to furthering the conversation on the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and its dismantling. This year’s speaker is Rev. Chebon Kernell.

Find more information on their website.

Informational flyer * Mid-America delegation information

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration - Rescheduled from Jan. 19
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration - Rescheduled from Jan. 19

This event is hosted by Centennial Christian Church and includes a peace walk, panel discussion, and book bag/school supply giveaway.

There is also an art and essay contest.

Event flyer - Updated flyer with February 9 date.
Art & Essay contest flyer
Coloring page
Art Contest details
Essay Contest details
Art & Essay Contest registration

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Rural Ministry Now
Feb
9
9:30 AM09:30

Rural Ministry Now

The Methodist Churches of northeast Missouri are putting on the third “Rural Ministry Now” conference, which is focused on the needs and challenges of rural ministry. This conference is one day long and on a Saturday, so that pastors can bring congregants with them. This conference is subsidized by the Mark Twain District, so that every person can attend for $20 dollars a person. The teaching is being done by rural pastors, so that what is presented is practical to our shared context.

This year we will be learning about Rural Poverty, Technology in a Rural Church, and Youth without Paid Staff. Also, we are creating an opportunity for youth to attend and learn about these topics. See the flyer for more information. Registration deadline Feb. 1.

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Bridgeton Fund Grant application due date
Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

Bridgeton Fund Grant application due date

The Bridgeton Christian Church Fund is an endowment created by the former Bridgeton Christian Church when it closed in 1995.

The purpose of the fund, as stipulated by the congregation, is three-fold:

  • To meet monetary shortfalls due to unexpected strife in a church;

  • To help a church underwrite “revitalization/renewal” of its congregation

  • To help meet property/structural damage caused by an act of God or other circumstances and not caused by neglect.

Guidelines stipulate that the Fund shall be used to meet a church’s temporary financial need, as long as the need was not created by “overextension of a budget or repetitive under-funding of a budget by the congregation”. Any Mid-America congregation may apply for a 2019 grant. The committee will review applications to determine whether they meet the fund’s requirements. The committee will meet in late February to determine whether the year-ending balance in the fund warrants grants without jeopardizing the growth of the fund as stipulated by the donors. Completed applications are due to the Southeast Gateway office by January 31, 2019.

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Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Justice Ministries Training
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Justice Ministries Training

  • South Street Christian Church - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There are two different sessions available today.

One is our first-level course for both clergy and laity. Participants will learn to name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism; describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.; explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry; and engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism. (If you’re new to ARPRJM, check out the Friday night introductory gathering.)

The other option is our next-level course which will focus more on community organizing towards racial justice. This session is also open to both clergy and laity, but participants must have attended a first-level session previously. Faith based community organizing is a call from the Spirit of God to join God’s work in confronting institutional sin, by demanding systemic, economic, and political change therefore creating a more just world and full liberation for the people and the community of God.  This training will give leaders common language, the beginning tools to do faith based community organizing, and develop a plan for action for any justice issue about which they are passionate. 

Both sessions satisfy the clergy continuing education requirement of such training every three years.

Pricing is the same no matter which session you choose:
Free for college students! 
$10 for laity and clergy not needing certification.
$50 for clergy needing certification.

All registrations include lunch and childcare if needed (must request upon registration). Scholarships available. Register online now. Mail in registration form.

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Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Justice Ministries Training
Jan
25
5:30 PM17:30

Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Justice Ministries Training

  • South Street Christian Church - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This session is an introduction to Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Justice Ministries and will focus on  relationship building, sharing stories, and laying a foundation for Saturday’s training session. It is intended for lay people, especially college students, who have not attended training sessions before.

There is no charge but registration is requested. Childcare will be available if requested upon registration. Register online now. Mail in registration form.

Learn more about Saturday’s sessions.

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