The North Texas Area

The North Texas Area is part of the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which has as its vision "to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice" (Micah 6:8). The North Texas Area exists to serve the Disciples of Christ congregations in the Texas counties of Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, and Rockwall, and one church in Paris, TX. Click here for more information. Click here to visit our FaceBook page.

Hector Velazquez to keynote Area Assembly May 7 at First Christian Church of Plano

The 2017 Area Assembly will be held at 3 PM at First Christian Church of Plano in their newly renovated sanctuary. Rev. Hector Velazquez, a former NTA minister and currently a pastor in Houston, will bring the keynote on 'Worship".

Hector is pastor of Iglesia Cristiana El Redentor in Houston and served his country in the US Army.He is a leader among the Region's clergy and serves the Hispanic Convencion. 

2017 Regional Men's Work Project to be at Mission La Roca in South Dallas March 27-31

A few years ago, the Men of the Southwest Region helped Mission La Roca (Pastor Guzman) build their own church building, a sanctuary and fellowship space, in South Dallas. Despite horrific winter weather, the build was a rousing success, and the church has prospered ever since. The Regional Men's Ministry of the Southwest Region is returning to Mission La Roca to build desperately needed education space during their project March 27-31.  Whether for a day or for the whole week, the project could use anyone with construction skills to contribute time and even funds to this project.

Housing is available for workers, but many will simply drive in for each day. Please see this /12017_Invitation_letter_to_Disciples_Men_for_Mission_Project-2017_(002)[4].doc for further details:

2016-17 Commissioned Minister Training and Continuing Education for Clergy

Thus year's training program is covering Stewardship, Theology, Disciples Heritage and Worship, with four outstanding teachers! Here's a brief overview, with dates. The brochure is posted here. The fee for all commissioned ministers is $110. Clergy and others taking these classes for continuing education can attend for $25 per session.

The only remaining topic is DISCIPLES THEOLOGY on April 1 in Irving (First Christian Church) and again on April 8 in Tyler (First Christian Church), Dr. Carlos Cordoba-Orlandi will teach..

Tornado Recovery Work Continues in North Texas

First Christian Church of Rowlett serves as the major ministry center for relief efforts from the Dec 2015 tornado in partnership with the North Texas Area, Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering. Major reconstruction efforts and volunteer opportunities are still underway. As of Dec 1 2016 In Garland, for instance, only 80% of the damaged homes have gotten permits for reconstruction, and only 70% of the affected homes are reoccupied. While this is great progress, work will continue for years.

The North Texas Area has disbursed more than $16,000 to affected individuals and a gift of $20,000 to install showers for FCC Rowlett to operate as a Mission Station. Please be patient, prayerful and generous! Gifts can still be given to FCC Rowlett, the North Texas Area Relief Fund, and Week of Compassion designated for North Texas Tornado Relief.

Information about single-day volunteer opportunities is available on the website of First Christian Church of Rowlett. Visit the Disciples Volunteering webpage to sign up for Mission Trips to Rowlett.

 

NTA Churchmen's Breakfast May 6 at Warren Avenue Christian Church in Dallas

A successful NTA Men's Breakfast was held at Expedition Church of Frisco on Saturday, Feb. 4. Dr. Bob Land of Denton, professor of Public Administration, spoke on living out the Christian Faith in the context of his profession. Rev. David Harker will gave a devotional. Those attending enjoyed seeing the progress of this reborn church!

The next breakfast will be May 6 at 8:30 at Warren Avenue Christian Church in Dallas.

Please note these dates and locations for future NTA Men's Breakfasts:

May 6, Warren Avenue Christian Church, Dallas

August 5, First Christian Church of Denison

November 4, Location First Christian Church of McKinney

February 3, 2018, United Disciples Christian Church, Richardson

May 5, 2018, First Christian Church of Waxahachie

 

Camping Registration Information for 2017

The Tri-Area Camping registration process now centralizes all registrations with fees being handled by the Disciples Crossing camp. The 2017 Camp Season schedule will be posted at www.disciplescrossing.org.

Looking for a Church to Visit?

looking_for_church_180w.jpgThe 80 churches of the North Texas Area cordially invite you to join us this Sunday. We can help you find a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where doubting and believing can live together without judging, a kind of church where we respect God's Word and your mind.

Click here to go to the "Find God, Find Yourself" page.
Click here to search for churches in your area.
Click here to browse for churches by city.

The Engaging Church Seminar
Is On-Line at the NTA Website!

engaging_church_250w.jpgThe North Texas Area of the Christian Church in the Southwest has launched an on-line video seminar for churches in the NTA. The NTA has licensed the "Engaging Church" seminar produced by Church Growth, Inc. The arrangement allows the NTA to present the complete video seminar in its secure Member Portal for the clergy and laity of the North Texas Area.

The seminar discusses how to attract outsiders, connect visitors and integrate new members. The seminar is presented in high-quality Flash video in six sessions. In addition to all six full-length videos, the seminar workbook is provided, session summaries and an area-wide on-line discussion forum for talking about each session of the seminar. Also, Larry Ross, Area Minister and President of the North Texas Area is available to visit NTA churches in a follow-up capacity to help interpret and apply the principles of this seminar in a holistic way 

Click here for more information.

News From Around Disciples

From Disciples.org

 

“Community ON Purpose, Community WITH Purpose”

nta_assembly_2009_180w.jpgby Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright, former Regional Minister and President, Christian Church in the Southwest

Continuing the emphasis on the release of the Southwest Regional Guiding Vision for ongoing transformation, Southwest Regional Minister and President Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright delivered a heartfelt message to several hundred Disciples at the North Texas Area Assembly, Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. 

Click here for the video.