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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Christian Regional Youth (CRY) Festival
Jul
23
to Jul 26

Christian Regional Youth (CRY) Festival

  • Marianist Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is for anyone just finishing grade 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. This will be our first year at the Marianist Retreat Center in Eureka. 

The theme for CRY 2018 is 'Be the rEVOLution' based on Proverbs 10:12 "Hate stirs up conflict, but love covers all offenses." The keynote speaker is the Rev. Ayanna Johnson Watkins; Rev. Watkins come to CRY from Memphis, TN where she is currently the Director of the NBA incubate Initiative with the greater Christian Church DOC. The Festival will also offer workshops on relevant topics, such as sacred conversations on race and racism, world religions, sexual integrity, social justice and activism, table talk on hot topics, Biblical interpretation, planning and leading worship, dealing with teen drama, and more.

Invitation/description letter from adult leader Kris Milliron.
Event flyer.

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Stories and Songs for a Green Earth
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Stories and Songs for a Green Earth

Fran Stallings, internationally acclaimed storyteller and musician, will be presenting a concert, “Stories and Songs for a Green Earth” on Tuesday, July 24. 7:00 p.m. at Olivet Christian Church, 1991 S. Olivet Road, Columbia (3 miles east of Columbia on Highway WW/Broadway). The program is free and open to all ages; donations are welcome.   For more information visit: olivetchristian.org

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Community Clergy Training to Support Veterans Mental Health
Jul
30
to Jul 31

Community Clergy Training to Support Veterans Mental Health

  • Mercy Conference & Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Community Clergy Training was developed to support Rural Veterans Mental Health and is now expanding into urban and suburban areas. Clergy members, chaplains, and spiritual or holistic social care professionals are an important contact point for Veterans in the community. Sometimes clergy and lay ministers aren’t aware of the Veterans in their area or how they might help a Veteran and their family following deployment. They may recognize Veterans who are struggling in their return to civilian life, but not know how to support them.

The Mercy Conference and Retreat Center and National Chaplain Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with support from The Daughters of Charity invite you to attend a free interactive training. This free training does require registration. Find all the information here.

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NAPAD Convocation
Aug
8
to Aug 11

NAPAD Convocation

  • First Christian Church - Portland, OR (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The theme for this year's North American Pacific/Asian Disciples Convocation is One in Christ: Growing into Unity with it biblical reference to Ephesians 4:13.

Registration deadline is July 15. Find information here.

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Rural Church Summit
Aug
25
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 by August 20. The $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.

This event was originally scheduled for August 18th but the date was changed 6/27.

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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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Ministries With and For Older Adults
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Ministries With and For Older Adults

  • Millersburg Christian Church - Fulton (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Intentionally developing and fully utilizing the great wisdom, faith and experience of older adults is critical to the mission of churches today. Clearly, older adults are an essential resource for the Church, and have much to offer to its mission, not only in regular giving in the offering plate, but in life experience, faith formation and active involvement in the community.

It is essential for us to finds ways to develop a comprehensive plan to raise awareness and address the emerging crises in health, caregiving and faith issues, which cross generational and economic lines. There are many congregations seeking to develop more comprehensive approaches to such a ministry.

This program is made possible at no charge to participants by the Rickman Legacy Leadership Development Fund and will be led by Jan Aerie, MS, family counselor and gerontologist. 

Other opportunities are at Monroe City Christian Church on October 13 and First Christian Church in Mt. Vernon on October 27. 

Learn more about the program.
Register online.

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Racial Justice Summit
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Racial Justice Summit

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

Mark your calendar now for this important event brought to us by our Mid-America Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciling Justice Ministries!

Former General Minister & President Sharon Watkins will be the keynote speaker. 

More information, including online registration, will be posted as it becomes available.

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Ministries With and For Older Adults
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Ministries With and For Older Adults

Intentionally developing and fully utilizing the great wisdom, faith and experience of older adults is critical to the mission of churches today. Clearly, older adults are an essential resource for the Church, and have much to offer to its mission, not only in regular giving in the offering plate, but in life experience, faith formation and active involvement in the community.

It is essential for us to finds ways to develop a comprehensive plan to raise awareness and address the emerging crises in health, caregiving and faith issues, which cross generational and economic lines. There are many congregations seeking to develop more comprehensive approaches to such a ministry.

This program is made possible at no charge to participants by the Rickman Legacy Leadership Development Fund and will be led by Jan Aerie, MS, family counselor and gerontologist. 

Other opportunities are at Millersburg Christian Church on September 30 and First Christian Church in Mt. Vernon on October 27. 

Learn more about the program.
Register online.

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Mid-America Men to Encounter Soularize 2018 - Soul Purpose: Inhabiting Our Unique Psycho-Ecological Niche
Oct
18
to Oct 21

Mid-America Men to Encounter Soularize 2018 - Soul Purpose: Inhabiting Our Unique Psycho-Ecological Niche

This event is in partnership with Illuman and the Center for Action and Contemplation. Beginning and ending times are approximate and will be confirmed upon registration.

Everyone yearns for—and needs—a purpose that can be embodied, a meaning that can be lived. Our gathering will help us look at our purpose from a very different vantage point rarely considered: that of the more-than-human world. How can we more fully engage this essential realm of purpose, personally and communally, in the unfolding of the world’s story in this liminal time and space? 

Noted author, wilderness guide, and depth psychologist, Bill Plotkin, will be our guide at Soularize on this exciting and challenging journey. Visit event website for more information. 

For scholarship availability, please contact Brad Pickel, Illuman Administrator.

Regional Minister, the Rev. Dr. Paul Koch is coordinating transportation so we can ride together. Please let him know if you may be interested at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net or 636-221-7065.  

We would like to borrow or lease a church van to head to Soularize. If you have a church van that you would appreciate some good highway miles on and are willing to partner with us in this transforming ministry, please contact Paul.

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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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Ministries With and For Older Adults
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Ministries With and For Older Adults

  • First Christian Church - Mt. Vernon (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Intentionally developing and fully utilizing the great wisdom, faith and experience of older adults is critical to the mission of churches today. Clearly, older adults are an essential resource for the Church, and have much to offer to its mission, not only in regular giving in the offering plate, but in life experience, faith formation and active involvement in the community.

It is essential for us to finds ways to develop a comprehensive plan to raise awareness and address the emerging crises in health, caregiving and faith issues, which cross generational and economic lines. There are many congregations seeking to develop more comprehensive approaches to such a ministry.

This program is made possible at no charge to participants by the Rickman Legacy Leadership Development Fund and will be led by Jan Aerie, MS, family counselor and gerontologist. 

Other opportunities are at Millersburg Christian Church in Fulton on September 30 and Monroe City Christian Church on October 13. 

Learn more about the program.
Register online.

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Izola Jones Lecture Series
Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

Izola Jones Lecture Series

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

We are pleased to announce that Dr. M. Eugene  Boring is returning for the second time to lead the Izola Jones Annual Lectureship. The event is open to all, free of charge and is a good source of continuing education for ministers.

The theme to be considered this year is "What Is A Gospel" with special emphasis on the Gospel of Luke. Dr. Boring teaches that the gospel genre is a combination of historical, biographical and theological material uniquely adapted to the need of the early church and to the benefit of following generations. Knowledge of the formation of gospel is a helpful tool to aid in an understanding of the Christian faith.

Registration information will be posted as it becomes available.

Note this event was originally scheduled for September 22.

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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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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.

Color promotional flyer   ***   Black & white promotional flyer

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Mid-America Men to Gather Around Fathers and Fathering
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Mid-America Men to Gather Around Fathers and Fathering

Men, some of us are fathers; all of us are sons. Some of us had positive male mentors to guide our life; many of us did not. Mid-America Men, in partnership with Illuman of Missouri and Southern Illinois, will gather the Saturday before Father's Day, June 16 at Rockhaven Ecozoic Center in House Springs, MO from 10-3 to honor all positive male role models, fathers, and father figures. All Disciples Men are welcome.

The session will begin with "check-ins" and then we will view film clips of perhaps the best father-son relationship dynamics on television today. We will also create space for wandering in nature, conversation and ritual that acknowledge how for many men, father hunger and father wounds still persist and how our reaching and mentoring boys, young men, and each other can begin to repair the breach. 

Perhaps your church is struggling to form a men's group.  Please consider coming or sending a delegation to see how meaningful gathering can be done. Lunch will be served with a $10 donation requested. Please send questions or RSVP to Regional Minister Paul Koch at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net or 636-221-7065.

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Intergenerational Camp
Jun
6
to Jun 10

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.

Was originally scheduled for June 4-7. Register online. Learn more about our other programs.

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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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