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SOAR General Assembly

By July 14, 2015August 5th, 2015No Comments



If you ordered a docket and do not receive it before you leave for assembly, you can pick up one on site. If you registered after June 15, your badge will be available for pickup in the registration area.

If you signed up for a meal event, you are welcome to bring a copy of the confirmation e-mail from your meal purchase if you are concerned about not having received a paper ticket.


The General Assembly website has been configured to have a mobile friendly version. You may want to bookmark it on your mobile device. Our director of digital media found this great set of instructions.


Scheduled speakers

Innovate: Jennifer Garbin, senior pastor, Sugar Bush Christian Church, Guelph, Ontairo;Jose Morales, Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, California;Courtney Richards, connections pastor, Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Tulsa

Administration: Rick Reisinger, President, Disciples Church Extension Fund; Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris, pastor of The Christian Church of Wilkinsburg in Pittsburgh, PA; Rev. Bruce Frogge, pastor of Cypress Creek Christian Church in Spring, TX

Justice: Rev. Bob Hill, Senior Minister Emeritus, Community Christian Church, Kansas City, MO; Rev. Angel Rivera-Agosto, Global Ministries Area Executive, Latin America; Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Executive Director, Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Disciples Home Missions

Global/Ecumenical: Rev. Dr. Jim Moos – Co-Executive of Global Ministries and Executive Minister of Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ; Teresa Crist – PhD student at University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology and member of the Council on Christian Unity Board of the General Church; Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan – Bishop of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, President of The Lutheran World Federation; Rev. Linda McCrae – Pastor of Central Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN

Faith Formation: Formed to Trust God – Jean Halligan Vandergrift, Liv Gibbons and Joe Pusateri; Nurturing New Disciples in the 21st – Jon Berquist, Darnell Fennell and Christian Watkins; Formed in Community – Ruth Fletcher, Michael Swartzentruber and Alexandra McCauslin; Formed by Encounter – Bill Edwards, Alexis Kassim, Eli Rolon-Jeong, and Rebecca Anderson
Mission First!

You will want to make sure you are in attendance at the first business session on Monday afternoon of General Assembly. General Minister and President Sharon Watkins will present a two-year pilot program known as Mission First! The General Board has approved this project for the next biennium, suspending its 2016 meeting to make room for the process.


Evening worship
Watch the worship services live on webstream. There will be a link on the General Assembly website each evening leading to the live streaming page. You can download a copy of the docket to see the order of worship and the tunes of many of the congregational songs. Times are different some evenings, so you will want to check for the musician start time in the schedule. (All times are EDT.)

Three evenings have sponsors – Phillips Theological Seminary, Lexington Theological Seminary and National Benevolent Association. You are welcome to assist with the cost of the livestream.


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