Scroll down for stories from across the life of the Church. In all, more than 70 different ministries are supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.
“As a young family, we attended family camp. One year sitting around a campfire overlooking Crystal, we sang a song, which was new to me. Our voices floated out over the lake. That night in our cabin I was unable to sleep. The words of the song kept going through my head. It was as if a gentle breeze blew those words back across the water, up the hill and in the window of our very cabin to haunt me during the night.
“Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord? / I have heard you calling in the night. / I will go. Lord, if you lead me. / I will hold your people in my heart. (Here I Am Lord by Daniel L. Schutte, 1981)
“It is as Robert Frost said in his poem, ‘And that has made all the difference.’ (The Road Not Taken) Lives are changed through experiences such as this and Disciples Mission Fund helps to make this possible.” Get text
Maggie Mills, member
Central Woodward Christian Church
Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation
Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation works with existing congregations and new church plants to spread God’s love out into the world. One of the programs is the Leadership Academy which prepares local leaders for a variety of ministries.
National Benevolent Association
As the health and social services general ministry for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the National Benevolent Association is a grateful partner in the Disciples Mission Fund (DMF). Each year, when congregations give to DMF at Easter, or through Disciples Women Blessing Boxes, or to DMF as a whole, the NBA benefits from your generous gifts! The funds NBA receives through DMF are given directly to provide for the mission and ministries of health and social services across the life of the Church. Here are a few recent examples:
The NBA Incubate Initiative, which supports new and emerging health and social service ministries, recently provided for a development coach to work with the Mission Behind Bars and Beyond leadership, and also funded anti-racism training for Reach Beyond Mission summer volunteer staff.
NBA XPLOR, a 10-month service residency for young adults, is welcoming 23 Residents to live and serve in 6 host sites across the United States in 2016-17, partnering with numerous host congregations and nonprofit health and social service agencies in those communities.
- The Disciples Care Exchange, a network of ~40 Disciples-related health and social service ministries supported by NBA and Disciples Home Missions (DHM), recently launched an executive peer group to cultivate support and encouragement, mutual dialogue, spiritual renewal, and peer-to- peer learning.
NBA’s Affinity Groups support collaborative communities of Disciples working together on issues related to Prison & Jail Ministries and Mental Health & Congregational Care. These groups regularly host workshops and gatherings, in-person and virtually, as well as publish blogs, webinars, and other resources.
Disciples Home Missions’ Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Refugee & Immigration Ministries helps congregations assist and resettle refugees as well as advocate for immigrants in Washington D.C.
- In 2016, St. Andrew Church led the Greater Kansas City region in offering a welcome to refugees in July. The Olathe, KS, congregation spent six months discerning refugee needs and member interests in their area, resulting in its “Hand of Welcome” ministries. St. Andrew’s initial projects include ESL tutoring, move-in teams to help set up homes for new arrivals, supply collections, and mentoring relationships to build personal relationships with new refugees. They have also worked to help build the “KC for Refugees” interfaith network to welcome and integrate refugees.