Central Christian Church is a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dallas, Texas.
Central Christian Church is a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dallas, Texas. Our church is dedicated to helping people discover and develop their personal relationship with God through authentic worship, helping to relate Biblical scripture to current day life, building a loving community of families, and ministering to our neighborhood and our world. As Disciples of Christ, we the members of Central Christian Church desire to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and to love others as we love ourselves. Come and see! All are welcome.
Mission: Central Christian Church seeks to be the loving hands of Christ to our neighbors near and far. This is been our mission for many years. We sponsor missionary programs in Thailand and Burma but we also want to serve those in our very area. We have worked hard over the last several years to serve our neighbors where they are. We have a wonderful community dog park on our property to give our neighbors a place to be in community with nature and fellow dog owners in the area. We also have converted part of our lot into a community garden to give our community a place to take part in organic gardening. Our garden donates a large part of the harvest to North Dallas Shared Ministries and have become their largest donor of fresh produce! We are also a church that loves to be in community with one another! Every week after worship we have a coffee fellowship where we catch up with one another. We also have at least one fellowship opportunity each month which has been everything from watching a movie or play to a potluck lunch after worship. Central Christian Church also is a church that values the Bible and Bible study. We have two Bible studies each Wednesday where we look at and discuss the book we call scripture! It is a wonderful hour of learning that we invite anyone ready to learn and grow! Come and See more about who we are as a part of the body of Christ!
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“God equips me. Therefore I can make a difference.”
Worship Sunday 01262020
Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee - Matthew 4:
12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Jesus Calls the First Disciples 18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
We have a great opportunity to learn from one of our sister churches, Casa View Christian, about their journey of transformation as they have engaged their community. Join us in McKinney this Saturday to hear from Pastor Jayme Harvey as she tells the story of Casa View and how they have learned to "Do Ministry in a Digital Age."
Casa View Christian Church
God is calling us to connect with the world and through this to be transformed.
Leader and Learner Event
Saturday, January 25, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
First Christian Church (DoC)
1800 W. Hunt St., McKinney, TX 75069
To register online:
Workshop descriptions and information:
Following the Keynote address by Rev. Harvey there will be three workshop sessions and lunch. Here are the workshop options, with something of interest for everyone:
Workshop Session #1 (10:00 - 11:15 a.m.)
1. What Does It REALLY Take to Transform a Church? - Presenter, Jayme Harvey, Minister, Casa View Christian Church, Dallas This workshop will share the intentional and courageous steps Casa View Christian Church took to become a vital part of its local community again. The workshop will focus on what it REALLY took for Casa View to transform and lead you to consider what it’s really going to take to see transformation in your ministry context.
2. Elders in the Digital Age - Presenter, Peggy Edge, Community Regional Minister for Adult Ministries and Leadership Development, Houston How do Elders continue to nurture the spiritual health of the community of faith in the midst of a culture driven by social media and the abundance of spiritual platitudes? Grounded in the gospel and an abiding faith in God’s presence Elders help shape the theological culture of healthy congregations by embracing the Disciples’ 2020 vision whether offering prayers at the table, sharing conversation at the coffee pot, and/or in servant leadership roles in the church.
3. Legacy Building in the Digital Age? - Presenter, Bobby Hawley Vice President, South Central Zone, Christian Church Foundation Could your ministry benefit from an additional stream of income? Learn about the Christian Church Foundation’s Joint Investment Trust and discover how the Foundation can assist your ministry in an investment strategy that is efficient, effective and prudent, and will benefit the mission of the church. How can you encourage end of life and later in life gifts to support the mission and witness of your congregation/institution? How can your congregation/ministry put a plan in place for such gifts that will encourage growth in mission and witness instead of becoming a crutch which takes the place of supporters’ need to give? Some techniques for making gifts and managing gifts utilize the most effective tools and resources available. Leaders are often intimidated about promoting this kind of ministry because they fear that the ministry is about arm-twisting and guilt. Nothing could be further from the truth. Focusing on this ministry builds a sense of excitement and hope in the church as it focuses upon teaching, inviting and mentoring a spirit of generosity. The question for all of us - individuals and congregations - is, “do you want to leave a lasting legacy?”
4. Pastoral Care in a Digital Age - Presenter, Andy Mangum, Regional Minister, Christian Church in the Southwest Technology and people’s private lives have become connected in several vital ways. It creates new challenges for spiritual health and family unity. Yet, technology also gives congregational leaders new channels for connecting and providing care.
5. “The Gathering: A Womanist Church - Presenter, Irie Session, Co-Pastor, The Gathering, Dallas Did you know that the North Texas Area has a new church - “The Gathering” - that approaches the Scripture, church leadership, and ministry with a special lens: Womanism? “The Gathering” has been worshiping as a church for over 2 years now, and would love to tell their story. They will share the incredible richness of Womanism as an embodied methodology for interpreting Scripture and navigating church and society. Did you know that a key tenet of Womanism is concern for the survival, wholeness, and flourishing of all human beings, not just Black women? Come and learn how an openness to biblical interpretation from the experiences and theological perspectives of Womanist preachers, biblical scholars and theologians can transform and incredibly deepen your faith and understanding.
6. Using Digital Storytelling for Your Ministry - Presenter, José Martinez, Associate Minister of New Church Ministry, Indianapolis How does your church understand the importance of utilizing different types of multimedia to express the story of God interacting into people stories from their neighborhood. Digital storytelling is a tool that could be utilized to connect the churches and their local neighborhood together to express a shared story to those outside of their community.
Workshop Session #2 (11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)
7. Digital Media and Today’s Church - Presenter, Jayme Harvey, Minister, Casa View Christian Church, Dallas and Josh Harvey, Director of New Media and Technology, Casa View Christian Church This workshop will stress the level of importance of leveraging digital media to share the gospel and your church’s story beyond Sunday morning. Digital media includes video, website, social media, etc. This workshop will offer practical tools for using digital media to grow the mission for which God has called your church.
8. Elders in the Digital Age - Presenter, Peggy Edge, Community Regional Minister for Adult Ministries and Leadership Development, Houston How do Elders continue to nurture the spiritual health of the community of faith in the midst of a culture driven by social media and the abundance of spiritual platitudes? Grounded in the gospel and an abiding faith in God’s presence Elders help shape the theological culture of healthy congregations by embracing the Disciples’ 2020 vision whether offering prayers at the table, sharing conversation at the coffee pot, and/or in servant leadership roles in the church.
9. Dementia, Memory Care and the Church (Part 1) - Presenter, Nicole Gann and Gentry Harper, Fowler Christian Communities, Dallas One of the more challenging and rewarding ministries in the church of today is with people in various stages of dementia, Alzheimers and other Memory Care needs, as well as supportive ministries with families and care-givers. Fowler Christian Communities not only provides care in these areas, but is also a leading source of education. How does the church best minister to those with cognitive and memory issues? Members of the professional staff at Fowler Christian Communities will lead a two-part learning track of workshops. Churches may want to send pastoral care teams to learn how to minister to this growing segment of our population!
10. How Pension Fund Serves Congregations - Presenter, Matthew Rosine, Executive Director of Programs, Pension Fund of the Christian Church For 125 years, Pension Fund of the Christian Church has been partnering with congregations to serve those who serve. Learn how to help pastors and church employees on the road to financial wellness by offering retirement benefits that are strong, smart and secure.
11. Why Churches Need Lawyers in This Digital Age - Presenter, Jim Blume, Attorney supporting the Christian Church in the Southwest Jim Blume believes an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure, if by common sense and awareness your church can avoid a lawsuit. 75 minutes of prevention might help avoid some problems, some of which are recent developments due to advancing social media technology and new government regulation. Every church should send its trustees and/or board officers to this workshop!
12. Screen Time vs Talk Time: Balancing Family Life in the Digital Age - Mark Leonard, ViceModerator, North Texas Area Digital devices - can’t live without them, but at what cost fo family togetherness? This workshop will present strategies for healthy alignment of digital connectivity with our need for human connections. How much is too much screen time for children? When does checking social media become anti-social behavior toward the loved one in the same room? Can these useful devices lead to addictive habits? Come learn how to promote Christian family unity in the digital age using the Bible’s principle of moderation in all things.
Workshop Session #3 (1:45 - 3:00 p.m.)
13. Ethics and Your Ministers: What Congregations Need to Know - Presenter, Andy Mangum, Regional Minister, Christian Church in the Southwest Ministers are obligated to observe the Ministerial Code of Ethics. When the burden of maintaining these codes falls solely on the minister, it can create conflict. This workshop is designed to introduce the Ministerial Code of Ethics to congregational leaders so that ministers, elders, deacons and other congregational leaders can collaborate together for healthy ministries and churches.
14. Self-care for Ministers and the People Who Care About Them - Presenter, Herb Lynskey, Former Coastal Plains Area Minister and Spiritual Director Herb understands the pressures on ministers and church leaders and advocates healthy spiritual practices, such as lectio divina, the enneagram and the appreciation of art in the preparation for ministry. Churches and ministers attending this workshop will learn the importance of clergy self-care, and of the congregation insisting on their minister(s) cultivating deeper spirituality.
15. Movement of the Church for the Future - Presenter, Presenter, José Martinez, Associate Minister of New Church Ministry We go into a deep dive in what the future generations are looking for in their world. We will discover the future trends of the generations utilizing the current market trends research and how those trends will effect the church.
16. How Pension Fund Used Tech to Serve - Presenter, Matthew Rosine, Executive Director of Programs, Pension Fund of the Christian Church Beginning in 2020, Pension Fund is offering “Your Money Line” to all Pension Fund members. This on-demand tech tool will provide personalized answers for any money problem or question. Come learn about this exciting new service of Pension Fund.
17. Dementia, Memory Care and the Church (Part 2) - Presenter, Nicole Gann and Gentry Harper, Fowler Christian Communities, Dallas One of the more challenging and rewarding ministries in the church of today is with people in various stages of dementia, Alzheimers and other Memory Care needs, as well as supportive ministries with families and care-givers. Fowler Christian Communities not only provides care in these areas, but is also a leading source of education. How does the church best minister to those with cognitive and memory issues? Members of the professional staff at Fowler Christian Communities will lead a two-part learning track of workshops. Churches may want to send pastoral care teams to learn how to minister to this growing segment of our population!
18. Make a 10+ Year Impact in Your Community! - Chris Carathers, U.S. Census Bureau worker Have you ever done something small that had an enormous impact on you and your community for the next 10 years? Have you ever wondered what the community looks like around your? Have you ever wanted to know about all the growth you’re seeing in DFW? Come hear where it all starts: the US Census!
We are excited to welcome this YMCA team to Central Westside to do important work. If you're looking for an offsite, we'd love to host you.
YMCA is in the treehouse! Open for public events, Westside has space for your class, workshop, meeting or big event!
The room is ready to welcome the Neighboring Movement workshop #GoodNeighbor Experiment. Not too late to join us.
eventbrite.com This will be a time to gather and learn from one another about how we can do Ministry in a Digital Age.
God can take any person with any past (what you’ve done or what’s been done to you) and transform you to become the person God created you to be.
We are here to learn and support one another in that journey toward wholeness.
Central Choir celebrating another great year of sharing our musical talents.
We can learn to see things as God sees them, or at least approach that. When we see with boundless hope, limitless compassion, and a commitment to move the world toward wholeness, then we may begin to see as God sees. May we have #2020Vision
26 December 2019
The Spirit who came to call Mary and Joseph comes to call us as well. They were asked to receive and carry the Mystery of God’s abiding presence; so you and I are given that same charge. Spirituality is not a spectator sport. Faith is a verb. This season reminds us that God is among us (the meaning of the name “Immanuel”). We are called to share the Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love that we receive with the world. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it” (John 1:5). There is so much darkness around us (and even some within us) that we need all of this Good News we can get.
Central Christian Church (and the whole Central Westside campus) is increasingly becoming a place where people are encountering this Gospel (the literal meaning is “good story”). You engage physical healing through various wellness practices. You experience sustained recovery from addiction through 12 steps and other wisdom. You decompress and find peace, maybe in the dog park, or in worship, or in a yoga class. You learn to have healthier relationships. You study and seek to grow spiritually. You come to serve and support others who seek healing. You support individuals living with severe disabilities and their families. You teach adults English as a second language. All of this work demonstrates the presence of God revealed in Jesus of Nazareth and sustained by the Holy Spirit. God is at work among you and through you. Thank you.
There’s still time to make a year-end gift. We needed $50,000 to finish the year strong, and have received commitments of $12,000. Can you help us close that gap? Wherever you participate on the campus, your presence matters. Whether you gave steadily over the year, or just once, we’d appreciate your help to fund all this important work that touches and blesses thousands of people every year. The Spirit is in our midst, and your gift will help power our mission to “partner with our neighbors to experience God’s transforming love.”
You can mail or bring your gift to the church ATTN: Finance or give online at cccdt.org/give. There you’ll also find the 2020 campaign pledge card. It’s never too late to make your commitment for the coming year.
Whatever you choose to do, know that you are in my prayers for a joyous Christmas season and a blessed New Year. Please let me know how I can pray for or support you. I look forward to learning, growing and serving together in 2020.
Rev. Dr. Ken G. Crawford, Lead Pastor
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