2017 Christmas Offering for
Regional Church Ministry
The staff and volunteers in the Regional church serve local congregations and their leaders by –
- Helping in times of crisis and transition, including interim ministry and the ministerial search process
- Promoting congregational transformation
- Starting new churches
- Providing awesome camps and youth events
- Offering mission opportunities
- Leading anti-racism training
- Creating global connections in Guatemala & other countries
Received in most congregations on December 10 and 17
Thank you for giving as generously as you are able
to the ministries we share through the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Your gifts make a difference!
Links for more information about the Christmas offering –
A bulletin insert – a special story about Kate Summers
And denominational materials about the Christmas offering – posters, videos, slideshows and other resources
100% of your gifts to the Christmas Offering support CCIW.
The Christian Church in Illinois and Wisconsin, or CCIW, exists to support local congregations. We are committed to high-quality ministry that provides services not available elsewhere – helping congregations in times of crisis, providing camps for our children and youth, helping congregations call their next pastor, partnering to do global ministry together. The Annual Fund provides an opportunity for individuals to partner with this vital ministry by supporting it financially.
Camps for our children and youth. Both campers and counselors give witness to the holy, powerful experience of their week at camp. At camp, they find opportunities to be close to God, to grow in faith, and to learn how to be leaders. The love and acceptance experienced at camp give our young Disciples a hopeful approach to life. Friendships that last a lifetime are created there. Many of our ministers say they received their call to ministry at church camp.
Helping congregations in times of crisis. When facing important – and often difficult – decisions, congregational leaders need help. Regional ministers can help them work through the issues, ask good questions, offer insight, and talk about how other churches have successfully dealt with similar situations. The knowledge and guidance from someone outside the congregation can make all the difference.
Helping congregations call their next pastor. Search committee chairs can testify to faithful service of Regional staff members. As a partner in the process, the staff member offers the names of qualified ministerial candidates and walks with the search committee throughout the entire procedure. When there are challenging issues, the staff person can offer experience and guidance to help the search committee make good decisions. A word of encouragement and a broader perspective can be of great value when there is much at stake for the life of a congregation.
Partnering to do Global ministry together. Since 2011, we have been in ministerial partnership with the Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala. We have sent delegations to Guatemala and learned more about unity. Unity is not just an option to consider, it is required for our survival as Christians. In Guatemala, it really is a matter of life and death. Church leaders and church members have supported one another in face of tremendous challenges. We’ve expanded our relationships with Global Ministries in Indianapolis, we broadened our connections to the wider church.