Annual Planning Guide and Calendar - BASIC
CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples Of Christ)

About This Calendar

• It is a planner—even a personal datebook—designed for ministers and other church leaders to use in planning and scheduling the affairs of the congregation.

• It is a supplement to such materials as those named below, providing a calendar of seasons of the Christian year and related dates; program promotions, general church events, and emphases observed by most congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); various other events of interest to many congregations; a lectionary (Sunday calendar spaces); a brief summary of challenges and resources for major program areas of the congregation (back of book); and a list of organizations that provide materials and personal help (opposite page).

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Program Planning Materials

• OTHER MATERIALS. The organizations listed home page provide many free and at-cost leaflets, pamphlets, books, audiovisuals, catalogs, packets, and so on related to the work of the congregation. In most cases, the name of the organization indicates the service provided. Detailed information concerning the organizations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is given in the 2010 Year Book and Directory ($37.50), published by the General Office of the Christian Church (GOCC). Order by calling 317-713-2409 or see

Sources of Information

These organizations provide free and at-cost materials. Many give personal help. They are referred to in this manual by the accompanying code letters.

ABS • American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023. 212-581-7400.

AC • All-Canada Committee–Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Box 48068, 40 Midlake Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB T2X 3C9, Canada. 403-254-8413.

ADM • Association of Disciple Musicians,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

CBP • Christian Board of Publication*/Chalice Press/Lucas Park Books, Publishing Headquarters: 1221 Locust St., Suite 670, St. Louis, MO 63103, 314-231-8500; Ordering and Customer Service: PO Box 933119, Atlanta, GA 31193-3119, 800-366-3383, 770-280-4039 (fax); Returns: 3280 Summit Ridge Pkwy., Suite 100, Duluth, GA 30096.

CCC • Canadian Council of Churches, 3250 Bloor St., W, Etobicoke ON M8X2Y4, Canada. 416-232-6070.

CCF • Christian Church Foundation,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.** 800-668-8016. Fax: 317-635-1991.

CCS • Christian Church Services,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

CCU • Council on Christian Unity,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

CE • Church Extension,* Box 7030, Indianapolis, IN
46207-7030. 317-635-6500. Web site: http://www.

CM • Communication Ministries. See OGMP.

CWF • Christian Women’s Fellowship, see ODW.

CWU • Church Women United, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115, (212) 870-2347 To order materials from Church Women United, P O Box 326, Kutztown, PA 19530

CUIC • Churches Uniting in Christ, 475 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119. 314-252-3160. Web site:

DBS • Disciples Benevolent Services, 149 Weldon Parkway, Suite 115, Maryland Heights, MO 83043-3103. (314) 993-9000.

DCA • Disciples Chaplains Association, Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

DCHS • Disciples of Christ Historical Society,* 1101 19th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212. 615-327-1444.


DHM • Disciples Home Missions,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.** 888-346-2631. Fax: 317-635-4426. E-mail: Web site:

DMF • Disciples Mission Fund, see OGMP listing

DOM • Division of Overseas Ministries, Box 1986, Indian-apolis, IN 46206-1986. E-mail: Web site:

DPF • Disciples Peace Fellowship,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

DWM • Disciples Women Ministries (formerly CWF), see ODW.

EF • EcuFilm, 810 Twelfth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203. 800-251-4091. (In Tennessee, call collect 615-242-6277.)

GM • Global Ministries/Division of Overseas Ministries. A common witness of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986. E-mail: dom@disciples. org. Web site:

GCDM • General Council of Disciples Men,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206.** 888-346-2631.

GOCC • General Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

HELM • Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (formerly DHE), 11477 Olde Cabin Road, Suite 310, St. Louis, MO 63141-7130. 314-991-3000.

NAPAD• North American Pacific/Asian Disciples.* P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986. 317-713-2685. .

NBA • See DBS.

NC • National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

NCC • National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10115.

NEA • National Evangelistic Association, 5001 Avenue N, Lubbock, TX 79412. 806-762-8094. E-mail: netresults Web site: Net Results, 5001 Avenue N, Lubbock, TX 49412. 800-762-8094.

ODM • Office of Disciples Men,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.** Send General Conference of Disciples Men (GCDM) inquiries to this office.

ODW • Office of Disciples Women, DHM, P O Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986. (888) 346-2631 or e-mail to Website:

OGMP • Office of General Minister and President, Treasury Services, Stewardship, P O Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986. Submit Disciples Mission Fund (DMF, RM, WOC contributions) to this office.

PF • Pension Fund,* 130 East Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-3645. 317-634-4504.

RM • Reconciliation Ministries,* P O Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

RO • Regional Organizations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). See directory in Year Book of the Christian Church; published by GOCC. To order, call 877-664-3182.

UCMS • The United Christian Missionary Society,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

UN • United Nations, Department of Public Inquiries, New York, NY 10017. 212-754-7715.

W • World Convention of Churches of Christ, 2704 Greystone Road, Berry Hill, Nashville, TN 37204-2819. 615-331-1824.

WCC • World Council of Churches, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027. 212-870-2533.

WOC • Week of Compassion,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, In 46206-1986.**

YEF • Youth Empowerment Fund,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986.**

YOA • Youth Outreach in Action,* Box 1986, Indianapolis, In 46206-1986.**

*Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) **Street Address: 130 East Washington St., Indianapolis, In 46204-3645. 317-635-3100.

Resources for Congregations

Names and addresses of organizations referred to on these pages by capital letters are found in the Sources of Information Section.


Disciples Home Missions is committed to connecting people to the life-changing love of God experienced in Jesus Christ. DHM has no mission beyond that, and there could be none greater. To that end DHM will do what it can to serve that mission, and will partner with any and all in this church who are of like mind. The intention is to better provide needed services to the whole church. In fact, new collaborative partnerships are developing between Disciples Home Missions, the Pension Fund, Church Extension, and Higher Education.

DHM focuses its mission on four aspects of the church’s life: diversity, growth, renewal, and leadership. It offers programs, counsel, and resources for ministries and offers them primarily in partnership with the Regions.

DHM also works with constituent and grassroot organizations of Disciples to help them realize their potential in the ministries to which God calls them. DHM remains convinced that communities of faith need to be engaged in redeeming, reconciling, and prophetic mission, and needs to obey the imperative of Jesus Christ to be about evangelism.

DHM offers assistance with:

• Congregational Transformation, Evangelism, Church Growth

• Christian education: vacation Bible school, teacher training, educational models

• Volunteer opportunities/Disciples volunteering

• Elders’ resources

• Week of the Laity

• Chain of Prayer

• Peace Sunday

• Small groups

• Family and Children’s Ministries: Children Worship & Wonder, ARK, KIDS TO KIDS

• Disciples Care for Children E-Group, Light a Candle for Children

• Public Witness/Rapid Response/Environmental Concerns

• Constituency groups: men, women, youth, young adults, chaplains, Scouts

• Racial ethnic ministries

• Immigration and refugee services

• Search and Call

• Christian vocation

Though DHM has been serving clergy for many generations, we are now adding new services to better serve these committed persons. We are seeking new ways to encourage our clergy to remain in ministry longer while maintaining physical and spiritual health. Another aim is to create more inviting environments for those who might be listening for their own call to serve.



Just Women, a quarterly magazine, is the official resource for Disciples Women’s Ministries published by International Disciples Women’s Ministries. The spring issue is a nine-session Bible study. Online study guides are available for the Winter, Summer, and Fall issues. See for subscription information and to learn more about this publication.


Blessing Boxes are available from the Office of Disciples Women. The cost is $7.50 for a package of ten, with a package of 100 discounted at $60.

Visit for a complete listing of all free and cost resources.

Other resources are available from Cokesbury.


Materials in Spanish and English are available from CWU Distribution Center (Pennsylvania address).

Ecumenical Celebrations—2011

World Day of Prayer, March 4
May Friendship Day, May 6
World Community Day, November 4

Ecumenical Celebrations—2012

World Day of Prayer, March 2
May Friendship Day, May 4
World Community Day, November 2


Cookin’ for Mission Promotional Kits. Free from DHM (888) 346-2631.

Cookin’ for Mission DVDs available from DHM at (888) 346-2631 for $10 each.

Men’s lapel pin $3 each. Available from DHM (888) 346-2631.

Ideas on how to revitalize your men’s group are available through the Office of Disciples Men at or phone (888) 346-2631


NEW! Kids to Kids Interactive Web site, with free VBS materials –

Ideas for children’s ministry; resources for Christian Children’s Fellowship; training in Children Worship & Wonder and ARK (Adults Relating to Kids) — or call (434) 832-1119.

Children’s Ministry Networking Group —

Information on annual ecumenical events — Light a Candle for Children, Children’s Sabbaths, and Christian Family Week – or call (434) 832-1119.


If you are a youth leader and are interested in receiving E-Connections, please sign up on our Web site at or phone (888) 346-2631.

Youth Ministry Backpack is available online at


The effectiveness of a congregation’s ministry, the welfare and safety of its people, and the image it creates in the community are all directly related to the management and maintenance of physical facilities.

Property committees should regularly inspect all structures, grounds, and equipment, giving consideration to maintenance, needs of the handicapped, energy conservation, remodeling, expansion and parking needs. Insurance, inventory, and budget also require close attention. Making a video or photo inventory of space, contents, and facilities is a prudent action.

Working together with regions, local advisory committees, Church Extension, and Disciples Home Missions, the New Church Ministry staff support new congregation development program services.

For specific information on services and field counseling relating to strategic and building planning, fund-raising and financing for new construction, remodeling, new congregation establishment, or purchase of sites or equipment, contact Church Extension.

Church Extension provides congregations with investment opportunities and capital planning and funding services, including loans.


Stewardship Resources: The Ecumenical Stewardship Center has several resources available for use by your congregation. You may view the ESC resources by visiting or call them directly at 800-835-5671.

Special Mission Funds: Special Mission Funds are Week of Compassion and Reconciliation. Week of Compassion resources are available through Week of Compassion at (317) 713-2442, Reconciliation resources are available through the Office of the General Minister and President at (317) 713-2444 or e-mail

Special Day Offering Resources: Special Day Offerings include Easter for General Church Ministries; Pentecost for New Church Ministries; Thanksgiving to support our Colleges, Universities, Seminaries, and Divinity Houses; and Christmas to support the work of our Regions. For resources contact the Office of the General Minister and President at (317) 713-2444 or e-mail Watch for further information to help promote and support our Special Day Offerings.

Disciples Mission Fund: Each congregation is encouraged to contribute directly from its operating budget to Disciples Mission Fund to support wider church ministries in addition to supporting the special day offerings. A gift to DMF helps to support Regional and Area ministries such as summer camp and conference, Disciples Women and Men’s Ministries, Search and Call, Pastoral Care to congregations and pastors, and many other faithful ministries of our regions. Additionally, DMF provides vital services through the General Church such as program resources, commissions for Young Adults and Youth, stewardship education, overseas missionary support, Ministerial Relief Pensions, Reconciliation ministries, ministries for the National Convocation, North American Asian Pacific Disciples, and the Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries. Please support DMF!

Your contributions should be made payable to:

OGMP Treasury Services

PO Box 1986

Indianapolis, IN 46206

For information on electronic remittance or other questions contact John Goebel at (317) 713-2453 or

SPECIAL GIFTS AND BEQUESTS. Christian Church Foundation has excellent resources to help congregations prepare written policies on special gifts and bequests, and resources to plan programs to encourage such gifts. Ask for How Firm a Foundation: Developing Permanent Endowment Funds for Your Congregation and The Disciples Guide for Planned Gifts.

INVESTMENT OF PERMANENT FUNDS. Contact CCF for a video and written materials that describe issues and options for the investment of permanent funds.


Global Ministries Brochure—General information about the work of Global Ministries, a common witness of the Disciples and United Church of Christ.

Mission Opportunities Brochure—Are you interested in overseas service? Order this brochure series, which includes information on full-time mission service, volunteer service, and group trips.

Global Bookmarks—Great for giveaways. Keep in your Bible.

Global Ministries News—Annual newsletter that lifts up stories about our partners overseas, missionaries, and how congregations are involved in mission around the world!

Child Sponsorship Brochure—Find out how a group, individual, or congregation can sponsor a child through Global Ministries.

Area Brochures—Information about Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and Europe, and Southern Asia. (Please specify specific area.)

Global Ministries Placemats—Can be used in a variety of ways as a table mat, a wall poster and much more! Pack of 100.

Be a Global Mission Church Booklet—Offers congregations a process and direction for increasing participation in global mission. (Please specify for a UCC or Disciples congregation.)

Be a Global Mission Church PowerPoint Presentation—Offers congregations an electronic presentation for increasing participation in global mission (Microsoft PowerPoint only).

Special Giving Opportunities—Offers special giving opportunities for groups and individuals through our partner churches and organizations around the world.

Global Ministries Videos—Global Ministries has a variety of videos available to borrow or for purchase, $10 each. Visit for a listing.

VBS Resources—Global Ministries can help provide resources for your vacation Bible school.

Global Ministries Web Site—Visit to receive the most up-to-date information about your global ministries.

To order materials: e-mail or telephone: 317-713-2575

Chalice Press

New Day for Christians is designed for groups of women or men. It includes favorite sections from the previous New Day for Christian Women—Bible study articles, profiles of Christians in service to others, stories from around the world—with a new emphasis on the actions of Global Ministries. Do a keyword search for “New Day” on

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