Intergenerational Camp
Jun
4
to Jun 7

Intergenerational Camp

This camp is for all ages! Campers having completed grade 3 or older will stay in cabins with counselors. Younger campers need to be accompanied by a parent/grandparent. Campers will receive specific information from the director, including packing list and definite start/end times, after registration. $190 if registered by May 1, $210 after May 1. If 3 or more in the family are registering - $160 each.

Register online.      Learn more about our other programs.

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DoC/UCC Youth Event
Jun
19
to Jun 22

DoC/UCC Youth Event

  • Grinnell College - Grinnell, Iowa (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a multi-state event with our partners in the United Church of Christ, and our Regional Minister Rev. Dr. Paul Koch is on the planning team. It is for youth completing grade 6-12. The keynote team is the Convergence Music Project featuring Andra Moran and Christopher Grundy. Find more information on the event website.

We will be coordinating bus transportation to this event.

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Farewell & Commissioning for Colvins
Jun
30
3:30 PM15:30

Farewell & Commissioning for Colvins

Rev. Dr. Larry Colvin has served in Mid-America as a Transitional Regional Minister for more than two years. Now he and his wife Debbie are preparing to move to Ghana to serve the Evangelical Presbyterian Church through Global Ministries. 

Join us for this special event to celebrate their ministry and wish them well. Worship will be at 3:30 and dinner will be at 5:00. Free-will donations will be received for the meal, with surplus going to Global Ministries to support the Colvins' ministry. See event flyer.

RSVP by June 22nd to the East office at (314) 918-2515 or smoore@eden.edu.

Learn more about their work and how you can support their efforts!

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Association of Disciple Musicians Annual Conference
Jul
15
to Jul 20

Association of Disciple Musicians Annual Conference

  • Oklahoma City University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The annual ADM conference has as its main focus offering programs to increase the effectiveness of musicians, clergy, and laity through the exchange of ideas, development of skills, and opportunities for fellowship as we participate in the mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Anyone from any denomination or church affiliation is encouraged to consider joining ADM and participating in the organization and its annual conference. This could include choir directors, organists, musicians, handbell ringers/directors, clergy and lay persons who are interested in the musical life of their church.

Through ADM's National Annual Conference, network and newsletters, professionals and volunteers can share resources and experiences into their common music ministry.

Find information about this annual conference, including schedule, workshops, and clinicians on the ADM website.

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Rural Church Summit
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Rural Church Summit

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

Regional Ministers Katrina Palan and Larry Colvin will lead this session which will include not only worship and fellowship, but the celebration and ministries of churches in rural Mid-America. It will be interactive and will explore where God's Spirit may be leading rural churches in this unique time. Participants will not receive a generic action plan to follow, but will be guided toward creatively re-thinking church vitality in their rural setting.  

Registrations may be made by calling the church office, (417) 326-5304. The approximately $10 registration fee includes lunch and materials.

There will be another presentation of this seminar on September 15th at Monroe City Christian Church. Pastors will receive four continuing education hours.

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Rural Church Summit
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Rural Church Summit

Regional Ministers Katrina Palan and Larry Colvin will lead this session which will include not only worship and fellowship, but the celebration and ministries of churches in rural Mid-America. It will be interactive and will explore where God's Spirit may be leading rural churches in this unique time. Participants will not receive a generic action plan to follow, but will be guided toward creatively re-thinking church vitality in their rural setting.  

Registration information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

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

This entry level Anti-racism training is provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. 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 $50 fee 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.

Register Online

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

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Boundary Training
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Boundary Training

  • First Christian Church - Warrensburg (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

Other scheduled sessions include April 19th at Oakwood CC in Hannibal. 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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Northeast Clergy Cluster Gathering
May
21
10:00 AM10:00

Northeast Clergy Cluster Gathering

All northeast clergy, as well as the Disciple Women leaders from all NE congregations, are most welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming joint meeting of clusters 3 & 5.

The speaker will be our new Disciple Women Coordinator, Theresa Hamilton. She will bring updates from our women’s ministry and her vision for its future. Email or call (314) 918-2515 to RSVP.

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Rural Church Summit
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Rural Church Summit

Regional Ministers Katrina Palan and Larry Colvin will lead this session which will include not only worship and fellowship, but the celebration and ministries of churches in rural Mid-America. It will be interactive and will explore where God's Spirit may be leading rural churches in this unique time. Participants will not receive a generic action plan to follow, but will be guided toward creatively re-thinking church vitality in their rural setting.  

Registrations may be made by calling the church office, (816) 424-3525. The $10 registration fee includes lunch and materials. Please register by Monday, May 7th.

There will be another presentation of this seminar on September 15th at Monroe City Christian Church. Pastors will receive four continuing education hours.

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Mid-America Men Ozarks Getaway & Retreat
May
4
to May 6

Mid-America Men Ozarks Getaway & Retreat

  • Shannondale Tree Farm & Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This annual weekend draws men from many walks of life to sacred ground. Men are reached from several approaches that touch core aspects of his being: through service, play, rugged recreation, contemplative reflection in nature, sharing around bonfire, table fellowship, heart-felt worship, and many one-on-one deep encounters.

$75 for the weekend. $20 due by April 25th. Learn more from the brochure. Read more about the Mid-America Men.

Contact Paul Koch at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net with questions.

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In Concert: Reconciled!
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

In Concert: Reconciled!

The Cameron First Christian Church will welcome Reconciled at 7 pm on Saturday, April 28 and during worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 29th.  Following worship they will host a carry-in lunch. 

Reconciled! Is a southern gospel group from Red Oak, IA. These two families have been together 8 years praising God with wonderful gospel music. The group, which started from a love of singing gospel music, has become a ministry to bless both the giver and the receiver. 

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Rural Church Summit - Postponed, new date will be announced
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Rural Church Summit - Postponed, new date will be announced

Regional Ministers Katrina Palan and Larry Colvin will lead this session which will include not only worship and fellowship, but the celebration and ministries of churches in rural Mid-America. It will be interactive and will explore where God's Spirit may be leading rural churches in this unique time. Participants will not receive a generic action plan to follow, but will be guided toward creatively re-thinking church vitality in their rural setting.  

To register call the church office at (417) 326-5304 by April 23. Registration of $10 covers materials and lunch. 

Another session will take place in the Northwest on May 12. The date for the Northeast session at Monroe City has yet to be determined.

Pastors will receive four continuing education hours.

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MBCC Hike Against Hunger
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

MBCC Hike Against Hunger

This will be the 44th annual Hike Against Hunger sponsored by Memorial Boulevard Christian Church.

The goal is $12,000 for a project in Uganda known as FARM STEW. It is anticipated that at least 2,000 adults, 2/3 of which are women, will be given hands-on training that would directly benefit their entire family in practical, actionable ways. The impact will include improved nutrition, sanitation, and overall health. 

The route is 20K but walk as much or as little as you want. Drivers will pick up as needed along the way. Call (314) 367-6817 with questions.

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Regional Assembly
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Regional Assembly

  • Quality Inn & Suites, Hannibal (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for this wonderful biennial event, this year in Hannibal! Our General Minister and President Rev. Teresa Hord Owens will be with us and will preach at the Friday evening worship on the riverboat.

Assembly information page
Brochure with schedule and registration form
Supplemental registration/permission form for children
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

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Boundary Training
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Boundary Training

  • Oakwood Christian Church - Hannibal (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

Other scheduled sessions include October 27th at FCC in Warrensburg. 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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Online Discussion of "Trauma Stewardship"
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Online Discussion of "Trauma Stewardship"

An essential book for recognizing and addressing the impact of secondary (vicarious) trauma in those who work with survivors of violence, abuse, and tragedy. Faith and spiritual practice plays a central role in addressing vicarious trauma. This book is highly recommended for clergy, spiritual leaders, chaplains, advocates, and volunteers who witness the suffering of others.  

This free event is sponsored by the FaithTrust Institute and represents a clergy continuing education opportunity.

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People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico
Apr
17
to Apr 26

People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico

You are invited to take part in the Mid-America Regional People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico April 17 – 26, 2018. The Pilgrimage is sponsored by CCMA and Global Ministries. Our CCMA Mission Co-worker Partner, Elena Huegel, and the Intituto de Estudios e Investigacion Intercultural will be our hosts. The pilgrimage is open to nine adults (age 18 or older) from across CCMA. Dr. Larry Colvin, Regional Minister Team member will serve as regional group leader.

This area of Mexico was struck with an earthquake on September 7, 2017. Please consider making a donation to "Roots in the Ruins" as they recover. Our Disciples Women have committed to supporting this effort and we hope you will, too!

Learn more about this opportunity
Tentative itinerary
Registration form - registrations due by November 1, 2017 (form will download in Word)
Follow Elena's blog for current local information, including earthquake recovery.

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The Gentle Art of Blessing: Simple Living & Spirituality in Everyday Life
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

The Gentle Art of Blessing: Simple Living & Spirituality in Everyday Life

  • Rockhaven Ecozoic Center - House Springs (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pierre Pradervand, a visiting theologian and scholar from Switzerland will present “The Gentle Art of Blessing: Simple Living and Spirituality in Everyday Life." We will also gather for sharing about the Biblical importance of blessing and blessings we have received or given (or those we wish we had.)

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On the banks of the Big River, we will also meditate to the sounds of Spanish Flamenco Guitar by Ronald Radford“An Unforgettable Experience of the Soul-stirring Gypsy Music of Spain”

Lunch is served for a donation of $10.  Please rsvp to Paul Koch, Co-Regional Minister at 636-221-7065 or paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net so he can plan on the lunch count or answer any questions you might have.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Apr
14
8:00 AM08:00

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

  • National Avenue Christian Church - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mental Health First Aid for Youth (YMHFA) is a public education program which introduces participants to unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly – teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

This Community Partnership of the Ozarks program fee is $10, which includes lunch and training manual. Learn more & register here. All are welcome. Hosted by National Avenue Christian Church.

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#ChurchToo Online Conversation
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

#ChurchToo Online Conversation

Join in a live online conversation about the impact of the #ChurchToo movement on faith communities. The stories from #ChurchToo  are challenging many people's understanding of sexual harassment and abuse. Talk about how we address victim blaming, denial, cultural silencing, and religious roadblocks. How can we use this movement to create safer, more transparent spiritual communities?

This free event is sponsored by the FaithTrust Institute and represents a clergy continuing education opportunity.

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My Experience Teaching in Prison
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

My Experience Teaching in Prison

  • Drury University - Freeman Panhellenic Building, Hoblit (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This breakfast lecture is being made available through Drury University as part of the Life Talks Series. $8. Register online here.

Internationally recognized Professor Amy-Jill Levine will give the 2018 Lecture in Religion in the Hoblit Room of the Freeman Panhellenic Building. Her lecture is titled “My Experience Teaching in Prison.” Event poster.

Dr. Levine teaches at Vanderbilt Divinity School in New Testament and Jewish Studies. She is the author of numerous books including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial RabbiThe Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish JesusThe Jewish Annotated New Testament(with Marc Zvi Brettler), and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas A. Knight).

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Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism: A workshop for Clergy, Sunday School Teachers, Bible Study Leaders, and Anyone Who Wants to Get the History Right
Apr
6
7:00 AM07:00

Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism: A workshop for Clergy, Sunday School Teachers, Bible Study Leaders, and Anyone Who Wants to Get the History Right

  • Drury University - Freeman Panhellenic Building, Hoblit Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This breakfast lecture is being made available through Drury University.
$10. Register online here.

Internationally recognized Professor Amy-Jill Levine will give the 2018 Lecture in Religion in the Hoblit Room of the Freeman Panhellenic Building. Her lecture is titled “Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism: A workshop for Clergy, Sunday School Teachers, Bible Study Leaders, and Anyone Who Wants to Get the History Right.” Event poster.

Dr. Levine teaches at Vanderbilt Divinity School in New Testament and Jewish Studies. She is the author of numerous books including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial RabbiThe Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish JesusThe Jewish Annotated New Testament(with Marc Zvi Brettler), and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas A. Knight).

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Of Pearls and Prodigals:Hearing Jesus' Parables as Jewish Stories
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Of Pearls and Prodigals:Hearing Jesus' Parables as Jewish Stories

  • Drury University, Stone Chapel - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This lecture is being made available through Drury University. It is a free event. Register online here.

Internationally recognized Professor Amy-Jill Levine will give the 2018 Lecture in Religion in the Stone Chapel sanctuary. Her lecture is titled “Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories.” Event poster.

Dr. Levine teaches at Vanderbilt Divinity School in New Testament and Jewish Studies. She is the author of numerous books including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial RabbiThe Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish JesusThe Jewish Annotated New Testament(with Marc Zvi Brettler), and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas A. Knight).

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Bi-Vocational Clergy Cluster meeting
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

Bi-Vocational Clergy Cluster meeting

This gathering is designed to provide a Non -Geographic gathering for DOC Clergy who are Bi-vocational and often have a difficult time finding the time to connect with other DOC Clergy during the normal midday Clergy Gatherings.  Through this technology we can gather Bi-vocational clergy from across many Regions to connect with each other and provide connections with DOC leaders and resources across the whole church.  

We invite you all to gather yourself or pass this resource gathering on to those who might benefit from this kind of gathering.

We will meet on the last Tuesday nights of each month (next meeting March 27th 5:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Mountain, 7:30pm Central, 8:30pm Eastern)

Bill Spangler-Dunning is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: Bivocational Clergy Room
Time: this is a recurring meeting Meet anytime
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/211320706
Or iPhone one-tap :
   US: +16465588656,,211320706#  or +16699006833,,211320706# 
Or Telephone:
   Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
   US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 211 320 706

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Southeast Gateway Disciples Women Spring Board Meeting
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Southeast Gateway Disciples Women Spring Board Meeting

We will begin at 10 a.m. and have lunch to conclude. This meeting is for all board officers plus two additional representatives from every church that has women engaged in mission and ministry through the Disciples of Christ. If you have an organized group, please send the president and vice president, or another member if these women are not available. If you do not have an organized group, please send two interested women! More inventive and creative minds are needed as we plan for supporting the spiritual growth of women in our churches and encouraging their passions for mission. Cost will be $5 when you arrive. Please RSVP with names of those attending by email, telephone or text to Judi Linville, secretary, by Monday, March 5.

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Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

This entry level Anti-racism training is provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. 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 $50 fee 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.

Register Online

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

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Disciples Youth Ministry Network Retreat
Mar
4
to Mar 6

Disciples Youth Ministry Network Retreat

Disciples Youth Ministry Network (DYMN) is a partnership of ordained and licensed Disciples working in youth ministry. 

DYMN Gatherings provide access to authors, leaders, and thinkers across denominational borders for dialogue on trends in youth culture, youth identity, theology, exegesis, and faith formation with young people. 

Learn more and register. 

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