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.
As of January 1, 2020, church support checks should be sent to the Regional Office, as support of the North Texas Area is to go to the Region, which calls and compensates the new Community Regional Minister.
The Christian Church in the Southwest
P.O. Box 1689
Fort Worth Texas
Regional Men's Retreat Report
The 2019 Men's Retreat for the Christian Church in the Southwest was September 20-22,2019 at Lake Brownwood, Preceded by a golf tournament, the retreat featured the Rev. Todd Adams, President of the Pension Fund, and Rev. Olin Fregia, Bible communications specialist, as keynoters. It was a smaller group than normal, but that did not temper the Chickenfoot Tournament, won by retiring Area Minister Larry Ross, who suspects they may have 'let him win!'
Next NTA Men's Breakfast is Feb. 1 at FCC Garland
The next NTA Men's Breakfast will be Feb 1, at 8:30 AM at FCC Garland. Bring your cameras as this church has recently installed 'The Ark" as a new state of the art playground.
The major NTA Mission Project, Mike's Kids is underway with Wednesday, December 11 as Loading Day. Hoping to fill a 52' trailer again with new and gently used clothing as well as 2,000 pounds of beans and rice, the men will gather at Community Christian Church in Richardson to transfer the accumulated goods into the trailer.
Future NTA Men's Breakfasts will be May 2, August 1 and November 7. The Tri-Area Men's Retreat will be April 17-19, 2020.
On Sunday, January 19,, 2020, from 3-5 pm, East Dallas Christian Church will host a Retirement Party for Area Minister Larry Ross and Area Administrative Assistant Lyn Robinette, who retire at the end of this year.
With Regional Restructure taking place (see article below), current Area Minister Larry Ross will retire at the end of 2019. The Christian Church in the Southwest will call a Regional Community Minister to not only do the work Ross has been doing, but also be principally responsible for Hispanic Ministries across the Region. Please be in prayer for the Search Committee which is already underway.
HOLD THESE DATES: January 25, 2020 is the Leader-Learner Event at FCC McKinney; May 3, 2020 is the next Area Assembly at 3 PM FCC Plano, April 17-19, 2020 is the Tri-Area Men's Retreat at Disciples Crossing
Registration for retreats and 2020 camps will be posted at http://www.disciplescrossing.org/
Boundaries Training for Clergy Across the Region
Check the Regional Website for dates for other sessions. Register through the CCSW Regional Office http://www.ccsw.org
Southwest Region continues Restructure
The North Texas Area Board has approved this Area's participation in Regional Restructure. This Area will continue its current programs though the end of 2019, and congregations should continue to support the Area through Dec. 31, 2019. As of January of 202o, NTA churches should send the same level of support (or more) to the Christian Church in the Southwest's office. Beginning January of 2020, the NTA Area Board and Cabinet will continue Area work on a volunteer basis, and receive ministry from a Regionally called and deployed Community Regional Minister yet to be selected.
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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.
The 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
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by 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.
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