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.
All are invited to the celebration of two major new buildings at Disciples Crossing, which will enhance ministry there for decades to come. STONE CABIN, the Spiritual Retreat Center provided by a grant from the Disciples Foundation of Dallas, will be dedicated. STEWART HALL, the large new meeting space to be named after former NTA Area Minister Bob Stewart, will have its groundbreaking. Afterwards, there will be a cookout at the lake and the pool will be open from 1-3. RSVPs would be appreciated, to email@example.com.
The next General Meeting of the NTA Disciples Women will be Saturday, August 17, at Jim Street Christian Church in Waxahachie. Speaker will be Rev. Dr. Gloria Word. Lunch - $7.00. RSVP by Monday, August 12 to Anita Goins, firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-463-0822. Directions and more details on flyer.
Ryan Klink, a leader in the Good Neighbor Experiment, will present information about their program. One of the key strategies for doing this work called "Neighboring" is the intentional process of getting to know our neighbors in specific and particular ways, and then taking concrete action in partnership. Rev. Ken Crawford has been friends with this group for 5+ years, and they are part of the wider "Missional Wisdom Foundation" community inspired and led by Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath and Rev. Dr. Larry Duggins et al. The program involves several Saturday workshops with other group work in between over a several month period. Northway Christian Church has participated actively in the current cohort and speaks highly of their experience. East Dallas Christian Church is located at 629 N. Peak St., Dallas 75246.
Lunch ($5.00) will be provided with reservations - Please call the Area Office, 972-272-2900 or email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
For more information about Good Neighbor Experiment http://NeighboringMovement.org
Regional Men's Retreat Registration Opens
The 2019 Men's Retreat for the Christian Church in the Southwest will be September 20-22,2019 at Lake Brownwood, Preceded by a golf tournament, the retreat will feature the Rev. Todd Adams, President of the Pension Fund, and Rev. Olin Fregia, Bible communications specialist, as keynoters. There will be several workshops, including an open discussion of immigration with Rev. Feliberto Pereira. There will also be several tournaments, including chicken-foot and horseshoes, as well as available activities such as fishing and basketball. Please register at http://2019-ccsw-mens-retreat.eventbrite.com. Contact the Area Office to register by mail.
Next NTA Men's Breakfast kicks off Mike's Kids Nov 2
The next NTA Men's Breakfast, at 8:30 AM at FCC McKinney, will be the kickoff of the major NTA Mission Project, Mike's Kids. 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 to hear a status report on the Good Samaritan Ministry in the Rio Grand Valley.
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 24-26, 2020 is the Tri-Area Men's Retreat at Disciples Crossing
Registration is now open 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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