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. Click here for more information.
Come celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity THIS Thursday, Jan.22, at EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH at 7 PM! The North Texas Area is hosting Dr. Glen Carson from the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and representatives from most of the major denominations in the Metroplex in a service of prayer and worship. Dr. Carson will preach about the role of the Campbell-Stone movement, from which came the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in the development of Christian unity over the last two hundred years. We will pray together for even more fervent cooperation of all churches in reaching the world for Christ.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will preach the sermon at the National Prayer Service in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Her sermon will conclude Presidential Inauguration activities for our country's forty-fourth President, Barack Obama. Rev. Dr. Watkins will be joined by a diverse group of religious leaders at the prayer service, which will take place at the National Cathedral, starting at 10 a.m. EST (9am CST). The program will be webcast in two ways. One is through the National Cathedral website at: www.nationalcathedral.org. The webcast from the National Cathedral will begin at 9:30am EST (8:30am CST.) The other option is to go to the Presidential Inaugural Committee website at www.pic2009.org.
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This year's Ministry Theme is Outreach, using part of the Disciples Identity Statement "A Movement for Wholeness in a Fragmented World." Rev. Amy Gopp, Executive Director of Week of Compassion will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Leader Event on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. This is event for all Area lay leaders begins at 8:00 a.m. with a Prayer Breakfast with Amy. Then workshops on topics that will look at ways to serve others will be presented throughout the day. Lunch is provided. Registration is $20 per person. Child care for Pre-school is provided.
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Two additional church leader training videos have been added to our training library with over three hours of additional content! This brings to a total of over six and one-half hours of multimedia training available to you.
The two new videos were recorded at the Janury 2009 Licensed Ministers Training session.
Click here for the library of available media.
The 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.
In September 2008, Glenn Carson, President of the Historical Society, sat down for a conversation with Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In the hour-long audio dialogue that is broken up into eleven segments, Watkins speaks on several topics including being the eldest of five siblings, growing up in a Disciples congregation, her call to ministry, shares thoughts on her faith pilgrimage and her vision for churches in the 21st century.
Click here to listen to the conversation.
Here is what is happening around Disciples as reported by the Disciples News Service:
Click here to see the Jan. 7, 2009 issue of Disciples News Service.
The Disciples of Christ Historical Society publishes a regular monthy feature titled "Moments in Disciples History." These features cover historical issues of interest to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
This month's feature "Our Upper Room" is about Thomas Campbell.
Thomas Campbell wrote what would become the clearest statement that anyone had made in a long time concerning the unity of Christians. Campbell's "Declaration and Address" was a plea for Christians to set aside partisanship and sectarianism. It described his heart's yearning for a life filled with a renewed faith that would un-do centuries of division.
Everything he said (and he had much to say) circled around a central theme. And it was this: "The Church of Christ upon earth is essentially, intentionally, and constitutionally one." In 1809, two hundred years ago this year, cloistered in his upper room, Thomas Campbell in one sentence gave us a truly wonderful idea. And in that giving, his upper room became our upper room.
Click here to read this Moment in Disciples History.
Disciples from all walks of life will gather in Indianapolis from Wednesday, July 29 to Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009 for the church’s biennial assembly. Attendees will come from across the United States and Canada – and in many cases from around the world – to worship, learn, fellowship and discuss the future of our Church. The 2009 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will center its work around Revelation 22:2 …“And the leaves of the trees shall be for the healing of the nations.” In choosing this verse as the centerpiece and guiding scriptural reference, organizers seek to complement the Disciples’ new identity statement (We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world) with a theme of relevance, energy, conviction – and healing.
Click here of a General Assembly Update
Click here of the General Assembly website.
11/5/2008 - Online Education Now Available!
11/1/2008 - New Disciples Video Posted Here
10/25/2008 - '09 General Assembly Preachers Include NTA Pastor