Bloomington IL and Lansing MI – The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Michigan Region (CCMR) announce they have begun discussions on a new model for partnering in Regional Ministry.
Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker and Rev. Eugene James Jr. have led a Search Team Task Force to consider a partnership, not merger, of both Regions. These conversations commenced after spiritual discernment given the upcoming retirement of Rev. Eugene James Jr. At the culmination of this process, it is projected the regions will remain separate, while under the leadership and guidance of the Regional Minister for CCIW. Commonalities in their Visions for Ministry have been immediately recognized:
- Connected Disciples congregations/ministries exemplifying God’s love.
- Radically welcoming and supportive communities
- Committed to overcoming racism.
- Continuing Christ’s mission with the leading of the Holy Spirit
This is foreseen as an opportunity for the mutual benefit of both regions. “God is blessed by our working together. We hope people will see Jesus in this effort” noted Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker. “I imagine this partnership leading the way for innovative and transformative ministry” said Rev. Eugene W. James Jr.
The Task Force will present a proposal to their Regional Church Council (CCIW) and Regional Board (CCMR) on March 27, 2021 for review. The proposal will be available for public viewing on the Regional websites prior to the board meetings. CCIW and CCMR will also host conversations to address immediate questions on March 15th, 16th, and 18th. Click here to register.
The Christian Church Disciples of Christ is a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.
The Christian Church DOC in IL and WI
Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea- Parker
The Christian Church DOC Michigan Region
Rev. Eugene W. James Jr.