2019 General Assembly
July 20 - July 24
July 20-24 in Des Moines, Iowa
The Theme: “Abide in Me”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”John 15:1-5 NRSV
MissionFest! looking for projects
Often when Disciples gather we are energized by the creativity and passion of those who have launched and sustained ministries and mission in their communities. We want to hear how they did it and maybe get some advice about how we could implement a similar mission in our own area.
We are looking forward to learning from each other at this General Assembly through the MissionFest! Does your congregation have a passion for serving that has resulted in a ministry? Could you share your successes and lessons learned with other congregations? Please let us know if you might be willing to share your experiences at our MissionFest! display in the exhibit hall during General Assembly.
Speakers set for worship
You may have heard that Rev. Dr. Nancy Gowler, senior pastor of First Christian Church in Puyallup, WA, will be preaching on Sunday night, but you may not know about our other exciting speakers for worship. (And don’t forget to be there Saturday afternoon for our opening ceremony!)
- Saturday evening: Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President
- Monday evening: Rev. Ruben del Pilar, lead pastor at Community Worship Center in Gardena, CA
- Tuesday evening: Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, founding pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA, and Rev. Mark Briley, senior pastor at Harvard Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, OK
- Wednesday morning: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, NC