Resources for Pastors on the Web

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The Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)

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This site is the website of the national denomination and the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ. The Communication Ministries launched a new design for the primary website of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Sept. 2. Disciples.org has been redesigned to utilize new technologies for managing content and will provide new services such as RSS feeds and online giving to the Disciples Mission Fund.


Restoration Resources

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Restoration Movement Pages

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These pages are for your reading and viewing pleasure and feature historical texts, pictures, resources for historical research and links to other relevant pages dealing with the Restoration Movement. This nineteenth-century unity and restitution effort by Barton W. Stone and Thomas and Alexander Campbell spawned several distinct religious groups: the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches, and the Disciples of Christ. The wider historical context also includes the Christian Churches of James O'Kelly and the Christian Connexion of Elias Smith and Abner Jones. The Restoration Movement pages seek to accommodate the historical heritage of all of these religious traditions.


Lectionary

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Disciples Lectionary (Revised Common Lectionary)

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The lectionary is a pre-selected collection of scriptural readings from the Bible that can be used for worship, study or other theological uses. Some congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) use the Revised Common Lectionary which follows the liturgical year in a 3-year cycle and provides scriptural recommendations that compliment the current season of the liturgical year.


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The Text This Week

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This site features a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary* cycle. It includes a diverse variety of resources for scripture study, reflection and liturgy, and purposefully does not restrict the resources to any particular theological/ideological position. The site is a work-in-progress.


Spirituality and Prayer

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36 Parables

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36 Parables helps you communicate Jesus’ words powerfully and creatively. Authentic, accurate, simply stated and profoundly moving, these short films connect in ways words alone cannot. Whether used as a part of a sermon or as a catalyst for discussion in study groups 36 Parables’ films are a cutting-edge teaching tool designed to Illuminate Understanding and provide fresh insight by presenting Jesus’ parables in modern settings.


Media

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Nooma

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We can get anything we want, from anywhere in the world, whenever we want it. That's how it is and that's how we want it to be. Still, our lives aren't any different than other generations before us. Our time is. We want spiritual direction, but it has to be real for us and available when we need it. We want a new format for getting Christian perspectives. NOOMA is the new format. It's short films with communicators that really speak to us. Compact, portable, and concise. Each NOOMA touches on issues that we care about, that we want to talk about, and it comes in a way that fits our world. It's a format that's there for us when we need it, as we need it, how we need it.


Sabbatical Resources

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The Louisville Institute

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The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.


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2008 National Clergy Renewal Program

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Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, seeks to strengthen Christian congregations by providing an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. Renewal periods are not vacations, but times for intentional exploration and reflection, for drinking again from God's life-giving waters, for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.