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PA Region releases 'Board Brief'

The Regional Office introduces  “Board Brief”, a two-page publication which highlights the decisions of the Regional Board. The inaugural issue includes actions taken at the board’s annual spring meeting on May 11, 2013.
Individuals and congregations are encouraged to make as many copies of “Board Brief” as needed, and may feel free to include it newsletters, bulletins, etc. The color piece copies well into black and white.
“Board Brief” is also available online for download here.
If you have any questions, please contact the Regional Office at 724-834-5023 or email Christine at

NEW! Leader Development Workshops for Congregations

Leader Development Opportunities for Congregations,
offered by Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Regional Minister and President

Transformation Conversations – Dr. Sullivan listens to congregants describe their congregation’s hopes and aspirations, and then provides feedback and ideas for transformation.
Time: Two hours, weekdays and weekends

Elders and Deacons Retreats – Lifting up the biblical basis for the holy office of elder and deacon, Dr. Sullivan works to strengthen the transformative leadership and service of these officers.
Time: 10-3 on Saturdays.

Spiritual Retreats for Church Leaders – During these retreats, Dr. Sullivan helps church leaders grow deeper in their relationships with Jesus Christ as they provide leadership and service through which God transforms their congregations.
Time: 10-3 on Saturdays.

Visioning Workshops – Dr. Sullivan seeks to help church leaders claim God’s vision and mission, and move from being worship/fellowship focused into being vision/mission focused. He then works with leaders to establish vision-enabling board and committee/ministry team structures and policies.
10-3 Saturdays. Additional work will follow.

Building a Better Board – In this day-long workshop, Dr. Sullivan lays out ideas and resources designed to help congregational boards become more faithful and effective in helping staff and volunteers carry out the church’s vision and mission. Time will be spent on the relationship between vision and the operation of the church.
Time: 10-3 on Saturdays.

Evangelism and Social Justice – In this workshop, Dr. Sullivan unites and explains two historic Christian ministry directions: Bringing people of no faith to faith in Jesus; AND Working to dislodge systems of brokenness and injustice. Congregants will emerge with clarity about how and why their congregations can engage in these important ministries.
Time: Two hours on weekdays; Four hours on weekends.

Understanding and Funding the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Dr. Sullivan will help congregants possess a clearer understanding of who we are as Disciples, how we touch lives the name of Christ in the PA Region and the whole denomination, and how we are funded through congregational gifts to the Disciples Mission Fund and Special Day Offerings (Reconciliation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and Week of Compassion). Attention will also be giving to the PA Region’s Annual Fund.
Time: Two hours, weekdays and weekends.

To arrange for Dr. Sullivan to conduct these workshops and retreats in your congregation, please contact the Regional Office at 724-834-5023. These ministries are supported by prayer and your congregation’s generous giving to the Disciples Mission Fund. Please continue to give to the Disciples Mission Fund!