2017 Pentecost Special Day Offering

2017 Pentecost Special Day Offering

Planting churches can help change the world

“Planting a church can make a huge and lasting impression in the community it serves,” says Terrell L. McTyer, minister of New Church Strategies and church planter. “By empowering the oppressed, praying for the disenfranchised, caring for the poor and promoting hope in a fragmented world, the church can literally help change the world,” he adds.

Churches Change the World… Start More! is the theme for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2017 Pentecost Offering, which will be celebrated Sundays, June 4 and June 11.  To date, the Christian Church has started 980 new churches in the United States and Canada, sharing the gospel with more than 61,500 individuals since initiating the 2020 Vision in 2000. According to McTyer our original goal was to start 1,000 new congregations by 2020, but we can’t stop there. “We must continue our journey by setting our heights higher, planting even more churches and equipping more courageous leaders,” he says.

Each year, half of the Pentecost Offering is designated to the local Christian Disciples Region/Area in an effort to start and sustain new churches. The other half is used by Hope Partnership to support the recruitment, assessment, training and coaching of new church leaders at events like Leadership Academy.

Pentecost Resources

The Lectionary Receive updates on the current week’s readings via an RSS feed from our online Lectionary resource. Well-Fed Spirit The Well-Fed Spirit web site is a resource to provide spiritual practice and wellness resources for clergy and other church leaders. Sermon Seeds for the Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 from the Center for Faith and Giving Pentecost Reflection from Disciples Benevolent Services: Changed Hearts, Changed Minds – Renewal Through The Holy Spirit (PDF) By Linda Lighthall, DBS Chaplain, Des Moines, Iowa

Resources from the Chalice Press

Communion PrayersCommunion Prayers for Holy Days & Holidays by Alec J. Langford This book offers more than 100 prayers for communion including prayers for secular holidays and special occasions in the Church. How Coffee Saved My LifeHow Coffee Saved My Life And Other Stories of Stumbling to Grace by Ellie Roscher A touching story that can be read anytime about a rich, white, overachiever who spends a year in Uruguay in the hope of becoming a more responsible and sensitive member of the global community. Unbinding Your SoulUnbinding Your Soul: Your Experiment in Prayer & Community by Martha Grace Reese Ready to invite your friends to church? Unbinding Your Soul, the latest addition to the Unbinding series, shows your small group how to prepare.

~Disciples are on course to starting 1,000 new churches by 2020.  For additional information visit www.hopepmt.org