Regional News

Gospel in Action: Flint—to provide safe water

January 18, 2016 Published by Neil Topliffe

The Gospel in Action – Flint has been launched to address the water crisis for residents of Flint Michigan, drawing upon four Disciples and United Church of Christ partners in the effort, said the Rev. Eugene W. James, Jr., Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Michigan Region.

Vermont Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1201 Lippincott Boulevard, Flint, has been designated a water distribution point as the city strives to provide safe water to its residents.

Week of Compassion of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Disciples Michigan Region and the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ have committed to support the Vermont church in continuing the effort they began on their own but could not maintain themselves. 

“I am grateful for this support,” said Vermont pastor Andre Powell. Vermont Christian has been a leading witness to and for African Americans in Flint for more than 70 years.  

The Gospel in Action – Flint is an offshoot of The Gospel in Action – Detroit,” said James, who was instrumental in launching The Gospel in Action – Detroit several years ago to address the human and housing needs of that city’s residents.

The Gospel in Action is an Ecumenical Outreach ministry of the Michigan Region. This past summer the Gospel in Action – Detroit through our partners Motown Mission (, a ministry of the United Methodist Church, and Rippling Hope (, provided volunteers, coordinated and organized projects, and provided project management that serviced more than four hundred homes in the city of Detroit. This water distribution effort will be the first project in Flint.

To learn how to support The Gospel in Action – Flint, contact the Michigan Disciples regional office,, (517) 372-3220.