Christian Church in Ohio Offers Covenant Curriculum
September 14, 21, & 28 and October 5 & 12 from 7-8 p.m.
Registration for this event is now closed.
This summer the Office of General Minister & President, under the leadership of the Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, launched a new study curriculum to nurture the concept of “covenant” which is central to our faith as Christians, but is also the way in which the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is shaped and how we do ministry and mission together. Called Covenant Conversation: A Small Group Curriculum ForDisciples this resource offers “a journey through interactive conversation towards faithfully living into covenant as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Five guided sessions will take participants into a deeper reflection of what it truly means to live in covenantal relationship with each other, with the church, and with God.”
Both our Regional Moderator, Candis Wilson, and our Regional Minister, the Rev. Allen V. Harris, understand that this conversation is critically needed for our church to be more effective, more faithful, and to grow. They are arranging for this curriculum to be offered in several settings for clergy and lay leaders around Ohio to engage in deep conversations about what it means to be the kind of church we are in this day and place. The Regional Church Council will be urged to participate in a special presentation of the curriculum. However, the course will also be made available to the entire Regional Church.
This Region-wide class using the Covenant Conversation: A Small Group Curriculum For Disciples will be offered virtually and at no charge on five consecutive Tuesdays, September 14, 21, & 28 and October 5 & 12 from 7-8 p.m. Rev. Harris will co-lead the course with the Rev. Heidi Barham, Pastor of Ledgewood Christian Church in Novelty, Ohio. Rev. Barham is also Adjunct Faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University and has worked in hospice care for the past 13+ years.
The curriculum, which has both video teaching components and is heavily interactive, frames itself around the Preamble to the Design of the Christian Church which was crafted 50 years ago to help celebrate the unique and faithful facets of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition to the videos and interactive questions, the course also offers links to transcripts in Spanish and English, discussion questions for each session, and a full bibliography.
It is a special hope that pastors and educational leaders in our congregations and faith communities will participate in this Regional Church course and that it will inspire them to lead the course in their own settings.
To read more about the curriculum and see an introductory video, go online to: https://disciples.org/our-identity/covenant-conversation/