The North Texas Area

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.

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Crisis News

From a meeting Tuesday July 16 in Dallas, courtesy of UNITE, a ministry in Richardson, come some highlights as well as new next steps for the faith community in Greater Dallas.

The Situation

  • 94,000 unaccompanied children are expected to enter Texas by the end of the year, most coming from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to escape extreme violence, trafficking, and exploitation.
  • The majority will eventually return to their home countries, but first a safe environment will have to be created there.
  • Up to 2,000 children are expected to begin arriving at 3 Dallas-area shelters later this month where each child will only stay for around a month while their case is being reviewed.
  • It appears that Dallas will be a new model of faith-based collaboration with the government as President Obama wrote that into the contract.

How You Can Help Now

  • Family and Immigration: Attorneys and Interpreters. All of these children's cases need to be reviewed to determine the best course of action creating huge demand for family and immigration attorneys and interpreters. Orientation meetings are currently being planned.including one coordinated by Children at Risk on 7/29. Click HERE to volunteer in this capacity.
  • Foster Families. Roughly 15,000 children are expected to be placed with American foster families through the existing 'Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program' which includes an expedited screening process. For more information or to apply, visit the Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services or the US Conference of Catholic Biships pages. Within the next 2 weeks we expect there to be information meetings for interested families.
  • Food and Laundry. Email  to be added to a volunteer waiting list. It is not known at this time exactly what volunteers will be needed for other than food and laundry services. They expect to also have information meetings set up within 2 weeks for volunteers interested in serving the children while they're in the shelters.
  • Monetary Donations. Designated monetary donations are being collected by Texas Baptist Disaster Relief and Catholic Charities,

Expected Next Steps

A government contractor to provide care will be named in the next few days at which time we'll find out additional ways we may be able to help. Likely possibilities include clothing and toy collection, social interaction, medical aid, and trauma support. We will let you know as soon as details are released.
Thank you so much, UNITE ministry, for providing this summary!

NTA Churchmen's Breakfast August 2 at Warren Avenue Christian Church

The next quartely NTA Mens' Breakfast is at 8:30 am at Warren Avenue Christian Church and will feature Rev. David Bondurant of First Christian Church of Duncanville. Warren Avenue always puts on a great breakfast, so plan to come!

Regional Mens' Retreat September 19-21

Two Southwest Region preachers will keynote the Regional Mens' Retreat this September 19-21 at Lake Brownwood: Raumone Burton from Houston and Mark Denton from Albuquerque. They will speak on the theme of "In, NOT of This World." Song leader Rick Linn is coming all the way from his retirement home in Georgia. Rick was our song leader for many years before John Malget took over, Workshops include two by the keynote speakers, one by Jimmie Muckleroy and Les Hodson on "How to Coordinate and Fulfill a Mission Work Project", one by Larry Seery on "Spirituality", and one by David Theel on "The Status of CCSW Regional Structure Changes and Future Options." There may also be a follow-on workshop about using social media in church activities. ANY request for a scholarship toward registration fees can cover up to 50% of the fee. First time attendees will still only pay $50. Late fees are charged after August 31st. Please request a registration form from the NTA Area Office () or go to the CCSW.ORG website and find it there.

Camping Registration Begins for All Summer Camps

horsecamp2013.jpg

The registration process changes this year with all forms and money being handled by the camp. The 2014 Camp Season schedule is posted on this site, as are the registration forms. Those forms have also been mailed to church offices. Last year's newest camp was the Equine Camp pictured above!

Many Church Leader Videos Available

lmt_09-2011_session-2_photo_180w.pngSeveral church leader training videos are in our training library. This brings to a total of ten episodes available online with over twelve hours of multimedia training available to you.

The Videos were recorded at various sessions of the Commissioned Ministers Training sessions.

Click here for the library of available media.

Looking for a Church to Visit?

looking_for_church_180w.jpgThe 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.

Click here to go to the "Find God, Find Yourself" page.
Click here to search for churches in your area.
Click here to browse for churches by city.

The Engaging Church Seminar
Is On-Line at the NTA Website!

engaging_church_250w.jpgThe 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 

Click here for more information.

News From Around Disciples

From Disciples.org

 

“Community ON Purpose, Community WITH Purpose”

nta_assembly_2009_180w.jpgby 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. 

Click here for the high-resolution video version (348 kbps).
Click here for the low-resolution video version (200 kbps).
Click here for the audio-only version (128 kbps).
Click here for the instructions for using this video in your website.