On Sunday, May 15, I was privileged to bring the morning message at South Joplin Christian Church in Joplin, MO. Just one week later, I watched in shock the devastating effects of an F-5 tornado which ripped through the town of Joplin.
Red Bridge Christian Church served the Kansas City, MO, area for 55 years, closing its doors in November 2015. Yet the impact of this congregation’s witness will extend in perpetuity.
The Saints of God are still speaking! Not only are they speaking, but one has the strong hunch that they are asking us to participate in the chorus.
Amidst the tears and heartaches when the remaining congregants at Greenville Avenue Christian Church in Dallas closed the church’s doors for the last time in 1982, there was still a sense of hope
First Christian Church of Bowling Green. KY, uses its permanent fund to enhance its ministry.
Ogden Christian Church, with an aging population and community in regress, was struggling to survive for the next generation. Weekly worship attendance was less than 20 when disaster struck in 1996: a tornado severely damaged the church and nearby property.
“Our church needed to give our members an opportunity to give something back through their estate to the church that they loved and supported through their lifetime.”
For over 100 years, Edenside Christian Church has graced the one of the busiest corners on one of the busiest commercial streets in Louisville, KY. A fixture in the historic Highlands neighborhood, the Edenside building saw more coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and even tattoo parlors come and go over the decades than is almost imaginable.
For many Disciples in the Ohio region, the name Broad Street Christian Church in Columbus was synonymous with their regional cathedral. Through its history, Broad Street supported new congregations, inspired eight young men and women to ministry, extended hospitality to all people, and sponsored the first Alcoholics Anonymous group in the Columbus area. Broad Street was a mission-minded congregation.
Sometimes things do work out for a reason. About 10 years ago, shortly after First Christian Church of Tacoma, WA, had created a permanent fund policy with help from the Christian Church Foundation, Steve Harter approached then-Senior Minister Rev. John Williams with a request: He was rewriting his will, and he wanted to name Rev. Williams as the executor and, since he had few heirs, wanted to leave his remaining assets to the church’s new permanent fund.