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.
"Passion. Love for learning.Love for vital, artful worship. Love for God's people. My number one purpose is to support (you) in such a way that you have more ease, more joy and more time for creativity and depth in everything you do" says Dr. Marcia McFee of the Worship Design Studio, and keynoter for this year's NTA Leader and Learner Event. A recognized authority on worship in today's world, Marcia will keynote the event and lead 3 workshops on worship. There will also be a dozen other, related workshops, with the event beginning with registration at 8:30 and ending at 3. The cost of $20 includes lunch. Child care is available by reservation.
Workshop titles include:
*Think like a Filmmaker:Sensory-Rich Worship Design
*O Lord, Is It Sunday Already?
*The Politics of Change
*From Silo to Sanctuary: Bringing Kids Back to Worship
*Communicating 'You Are Not Alone': Learning to Listen and Let People Know They Are Loved
*Church Safety and Security
*The Children's Sermon
*A Ministry of Wellness
*Twenty Minutes on Sunday Morning
*Liturgy and Social Justice
*Elders, the Diaconate, and Church Leaders
*Church and Social Media
*Self-Care and Spirituality for Church Leaders
*Mindfulness: A Spiritual Exercise
For workshop descriptions and/or to pre-register, go to the following link:/17_Pre-REGISTRA.pdf
For online registration click here
For a schedule /17_SCHED.pdf
Thus year's training program will cover Stewardship, Theology, Disciples Heritage and Worship, with four outstanding teachers! Here's a brief overview, with dates. The brochure is posted here. The fee for all commissioned ministers is $110. Clergy and others taking these classes for continuing education can attend for $25 per session.
On January 28, Creekwood Christian Church in Flower Mound will host the Area Leader and Learner Event and keynoter Dr. Marcia McFee of the Worship Design Studio, who will also present three workshops on 'Worship'.
On April 1 in Irving (First Christian Church) and again on April 8 in Tyler (First Christian Church), Dr. Carlos Cordoba-Orlandi will teach on 'Disciples Theology'.
First Christian Church of Rowlett serves as the major ministry center for relief efforts from the Dec 2015 tornado in partnership with the North Texas Area, Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering. Major reconstruction efforts and volunteer opportunities are still underway. As of Dec 1 2016 In Garland, for instance, only 80% of the damaged homes have gotten permits for reconstruction, and only 70% of the affected homes are reoccupied. While this is great progress, work will continue for years.
The North Texas Area has disbursed more than $16,000 to affected individuals and a gift of $20,000 to install showers for FCC Rowlett to operate as a Mission Station. Please be patient, prayerful and generous! Gifts can still be given to FCC Rowlett, the North Texas Area Relief Fund, and Week of Compassion designated for North Texas Tornado Relief.
Information about single-day volunteer opportunities is available on the website of First Christian Church of Rowlett. Visit the Disciples Volunteering webpage to sign up for Mission Trips to Rowlett.
The next quarterly NTA Men's Breakfast is at Expedition Church of Frisco on Saturday, Feb. 4. Dr. Bob Land of Denton, an experienced city manager specialist, will talk about living out the Christian Faith in the context of his profession. Rev. David Harker will give a devotional. Those attending will see the progress of this reborn church!
At the last Breakfast, the 2016 Mike's Kids program was kicked off successfully, and many NTA churches are actively collecting clothes and toys for distribution in the Rio Grane Valley. The last day for pickup is December 11.
The Tri-Area Camping registration process now centralizes all registrations with fees being handled by the Disciples Crossing camp. The 2017 Camp Season schedule will be posted at www.disciplescrossing.org.
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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