The Churches of Christ in Christian Union

Our 2017 Advent Offering

Last year was our first experience of having an Advent Offering which replaced our February Sacrifice Offering. What a thrill it was to receive nearly $67,000! This offering helps in providing disaster relief when such events occur on our mission fields. It also assists in the operational costs. This past year funds from this account enabled us to send finances to Yemen for the Humanitarian Relief and just recently, to our churches in the Caribbean region due to the damage from the hurricane.

Our theme for the offering this year is The Way in a Manger. Truly, He is the way and the truth and the life… John 14:6. Let’s not hold back in sharing The Way with friends, neighbors and those around the world. You may not feel called to another country to share The Way, but we can all lighten the load of those who have responded to the call God has given them. Let’s work at making this offering the best yet! The goal this year is to raise $75,000.

Your gift will make a difference today!
 
  

Ministerial Continuing Education

The Churches of Christ in Christian Union are proudly committed to equipping ministers with the skills needed to minister effectively. Ministers have a variety of options available to increase and improve thier ministry skill set via educational the Ministerial Preparation Study Course, continuing education opportunities, and degrees through Ohio Christian University.

In 2012, the General Council passed a resolution requiring all ministers who are engaged in active ministry to complete two (2) Continuing Education Units annually. Each minister attending their ministerial conventions shall receive credit for one (1) unit. The other unit(s) may be any approved workshop, seminar, or conference of the minister's choosing, whether attended in person or online, which is at least four (4) hours long and directly related to an area of ministry. Ministers must report completion of the continuing education requirement on the annual Ministers Activity Report.

Continuing Education for Ministers

Council Year 2016-17

Approved CEU Workshops/Seminars

Leadership/Ministerial Enrichment/Spiritual Formation

1. CCCU Ministerial Conference - OCU Maxwell Leadership Center, Circleville, OH: April 11, 2017.

2. OCU Leadership Forum: - April 11, 2017, 6:00 P.M.

3. Ministers & Church Leaders Training - Nipgen Camp Meeting: To be announced.

4. Catalyst Conference - Atlanta, GA: October 4-6, 2017

Compassionate Ministry

To be announced.

Church Growth/Evangelism

To be announced.

Christian Education

To be announced.

Worship

To be announced.

Youth Ministry

1. ECY Youth Ministry Roundtable - May 6, 2017; Ohio Christian University.

Other approved workshops or seminars

  1. Any Give Me Five seminars - Rev. Lonnie Potts (Visit the Give Me 5 Ministries website for more information.)
  2. Any new church planter attending an Assessment Chicago, IL: October 2012
  3. Any Holiness Summit: Dates and Locations TBA

CEU Reading List

2013-14 Addtions

Stephen Seamands; Give Them Christ: Preaching His Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension and Return.

InterVarsity Press (ISBN-978-0-8308-3467-9; ISBN: 9780830834679)

David Platt; Follow Me: A Call to Die, A Call to Live.

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (ISBN  978-1-4143-7328-7; ISBN: 9781414373287)

Steve DeNeff, David Drury; Soul Shift: The Measure of a Life Transformed.

Wesleyan Publishing House (ISBN  978-0-89827-47-9)

Keith Drury; Soul Shaper: Becoming the Person God Wants You to Be.

Wesleyan Publishing House (ISBN 978-0-89827-705-0)

Bob Whitesel; Cure for the Common Church.

Wesleyan Publishing House (ISBN 978-0-89827-587-2)

Bob Whitesel; The Healthy Church: Practical Ways to Strengthen a Church's Heart.

Wesleyan Publishing House (ISBN 978-0-89827-567-4)

Earle L. Wilson; We Hold These Truths: A Guide to Wesleyan Beliefs for the 21st Century.

Wesleyan Publishing House (ISBN 0-89827-214-9)

R. Scott Rodin; The Steward Leader: Transforming People, Organizations and Communities.

InterVarsity Press (ISBN 978-0-8308-3878-3)

Robert E. Coleman; The Heart of the Gospel: The Theology Behind the Master Plan of Evangelism.

Baker Books (ISBN 978-0-8010-1370-6)

Al Truesdale; God Reconsidered: The Promise and Peril of Process Theology.

Beacon Hill Press (ISBN 978-0-8341-2537-7)

Jeff Lorg; Live Like a Missionary: Giving Your Life for What Matters Most.

New Hope Publishers (ISBN 13-978-1-59669-305-0)

William Hasker; The Triumph of God Over Evil: Theodicy for a World of Suffering.

InterVarsity Press (ISBN 978-0-8308-2804-3)

Alvin Sanders; Bridging the Diversity Gap: Leading Toward God's Multi-Ethnic Kingdom.

Wesleyan Publishing House (ISBN 978-0-89827-678-7

Christian Taylor; Shipwrecked in L.A.: Finding Hope and Purpose When Your Dreams Crash.

Wesleyan Publishing House (ISBN 978-0-89827-698-5)

Full CEU Reading List

Mark Noll; Turning Points

Baker Publishing (ISBN-10: 0801062211X; ISBN-13: 978-0801062117)

Billy Graham; Christian Workers Handbook

(ISBN-10: 089066272X; ISBN-13: 978-0890662724)

George Barna; Turn Around Churches

Regal Books (ISBN-10: 080716572; ISBN-13: 978-0830716579)

Chuck Swindoll; Improving Your Serve

Thomas Nelson Publishing (ISBN-10: 0849945275; ISBN-13: 978-0849945274)

Robert Coleman; Master Plan of Evangelism

Revell Publishing (ISBN-10: 0800731220; ISBN-13: 978-0800731229)

Dorsey and Pointer; Evangelism in Everyday Life

Beacon Hill (ISBN-10: 0834117185; ISBN-13: 978-0834117181)

Mittelburg and Hybels: Becoming a Contagious Christian

Zondervan (ISBN-10: 0310210089; ISBN-13: 978-0310210085)

Robert Coleman; Master Plan of Discipleship

Revell Publishing (ISBN-10: 0800786556; ISBN-13: 978-0800786557)

Easum and Brandy; Growing Spiritual Redwoods

Abingdon Press (ISBN-10: 0687336007; ISBN-13: 978-0687336005)

Dennis Kinlaw; We Live as Christ

Francis Asbury Press (ISBN-10: 192891523X; ISBN-13: 978-1928915232)

D.M. Henderson; A Model for Making Disciples: John Wesley's Class Meeting

Evangel Publishing (ISBN-10: 1928915701; ISBN-13: 978-1928915706)

Keith Drury; The Wonder of Worship

Wesleyan Publishing (ISBN-10: 0898272432; ISBN-13: 978-0898272437)

James Berkley; Leadership Handbook of Outreach and Care

Baker Books (ISBN-10: 0801090423; ISBN-13: 978-0801090424)

Stan Toler; The People Principle

Beacon Hill (ISBN-10: 0834116642; ISBN-13: 978-0834116641)

Frank Stanger; God's Healing Community

Evangel Publishing (ISBN-10: 1928915000; ISBN-13: 978-1928915003)

John Stott; Christian Mission in the Modern World

IVP Books (ISBN-10: 0830834117; ISBN-13: 978-0830834112)

Robert Mundy; All About Faith Promise Offerings

(ASIN: B002BTTA0A)

Ken Oosting; The Christian's Guide to Effective Personal Management

(ISBN-10: 0964501465; ISBN-13: 978-0964501461)

David Chilton; The Wealthy Barber

(ISBN-10: 0761501665; ISBN-13: 978-0761501664)

Larry Burkett; How to Manage Your Money

Moody Publishing (ISBN-10: 080241477X; ISBN-13: 978-0802414779)

Larry Burkett; Debt Free Living - How to Get Out of Debt

Moody Publishing (ISBN-10: 0802442293; ISBN-13: 978-0802442291)

E.M. Bounds; Prayer and Praying Men

Baker Books (ISBN-10: 0801010063; ISBN-13: 978-0801010064)

Jim Cymbala; Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Zondervan (ISBN-10: 0310251532; ISBN-13: 978-0310251538)

John Maxwell; Partners in Prayer

Thomas Nelson Pub. (ISBN-10: 0785274391; ISBN-13: 978-0785274391)

Exploring Christian Holiness 3 Volume Set

Beacon Hill (ISBN-10: 0834110849; ISBN-13: 978-0834110847)

Wilbur Dayton; Entire Sanctification

Harry Jessups; Foundations of Doctrine

(ASIN: B000KADABG)

Donald Demaray; Proclaiming the Truth

Evangel (ISBN-10: 1928915175; ISBN-13: 978-1928915171)

Richard Taylor; Preaching Holiness Today

Schmul Publishing (ISBN-10: 0880194316; ISBN-13: 978-0880194310)

John Wesley; 52 Standard Sermons

(ISBN-10: 0880192313; ISBN-13: 978-0880192316)

John Maxwell; Developing the Leader Within You

Thomas Nelson Pub. (ISBN-10: 0785281126; ISBN-13: 978-0785281122)

John Maxwell; Developing the Leaders Around You

Thomas Nelson Pub.� (ISBN-10: 0785281118;� ISBN-13:� 978-0785281115)

James Berkley; Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration

Baker Books (ISBN-10: 0801068142;� ISBN-13:� 978-0801068140)

Frank Moore; The Power to be Free

Beacon Hill Pub. (ISBN-10: 0834121921;� ISBN-13:� 978-0834121928)

David Case; What We Believe

John Oswalt; Called to Be Holy

Evangel Publishing� (ISBN-10: 0916035921;� ISBN-13:� 978-0916035921)

Richard Taylor; A Right Conception of Sin

Beacon Hill Pub. (ISBN-10: 0834101394;� ISBN-13:� 978-0834101395)

W.T. Purkiser; Exploring Our Christian Faith

Beacon Hill Pub. (ISBN-10: 0834105527;� ISBN-13:� 978-0834105522)

McDowell and Stewart; Answers to Tough Questions

Thomas Nelson Pub. (ISBN-10: 0840744641;� ISBN-13:� 978-0840744647)

Ravi Zacharias; Can Man Live Without God

(ISBN-10: 0849945283;� ISBN-13:� 978-0849945281)

Robert Coleman; Nothing to Do but Save Souls

Evangel Pub.� (ISBN-10: 1928915906;� ISBN-13:� 978-1928915904)

Alice Cullinan; Sorting It Out: Discerning God�s Call to Ministry

Judson Pub.� (ISBN-10: 0817013024;� ISBN-13:� 978-0817013028)

Bailey, James L. �Church as Embodiment of Jesus� Mission: Matthew 9:36-10:39.� Currents in Theology and Mission 30.3 (2003): 189-96. ATLA Religion Database. Web. 16 Jan. 2010.

Barna, George. The Habits of Highly Effective Churches. Ventura, CA: Regal, 1999.

Barratt, Anthony. �Evangelization, Mission and Pastoral Strategies.� Heythrop Journal 49.5 (2008): 764-93. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 Jan. 2010.

Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission.

Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1991. New Testament Abstracts. Web. 4 Feb. 2010.

Chan, Mark L. Y. �The Gospel and the Achievement of the Cross.� Evangelical Review of Theology 33.1 (2009): 19-31. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 Feb. 2010.

Crow, Charles D., and Kenneth E. Crow. The Church Growth Movement and the American Dream. Kansas City: Church of the Nazarene, 2001.

Flatt, Donald C. �The Mission of God and the Worship and Mission of the Church: Some Reflections.� Currents in Theology and Mission 28.5 (2001): 491-97.

Gi-Hong, Young. �Evangelism and Church Growth: Research on Non-Believers for Developing an Evangelizing Strategy in the Korean Context and the Diamond Evangelistic System.� Transformation 24.3-4 (2007): 221-47. Academic Search Premier.

Hibbert, Richard Yates. �The Place of Church Planting in Mission: Towards a Theological Framework.� Evangelical Review of Theology 33.4 (2009): 316-31. ATLA Religion Database. Web. 10 Feb. 2010.

Hunter, George G. The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West Again. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000. Kindle file.

Jamieson, Alan. A Churchless Faith: Faith Journeys beyond the Churches. London: SPCK, 2002. Print.

Kettle, David. �Believing without Belonging? Cultural Change Seen in Theological Context.� International Review of Mission 94.375 (2005): 507-24. Christian Periodical Index.

Lattimer, David L. �Becoming a Christian in The Churches of Christ in Christian Union.� Diss. Asbury Theological Seminary, 1991.

Lee, Martin. �The Five Marks of Mission.� Evangel 26.3 (2008): 65. Academic Search Premier. 12 Feb. 2010.

Majerus, Brian D., and Steven J. Sandage. �Differentiation of Self and Christian Spiritual Maturity: Social Science and Theological Integration.� Journal of Psychology and Theology 38.1 (2010): 41-51. ATLA Religion Database. 13 Feb. 2010.

Matthey, Jacques. �Evangelism Still the Enduring Test of Our Ecumenical and Missionary Calling.� International Review of Missions 90.3-5 (2001): 356-57. Christian Periodical Index. 13 Feb. 2010.

Morgan, Thomas J. �Building Relational Parishes in a Non-Relational World.� Priest 65.8 (2009): 48-51. Religion and Philosophy Collection. 15 Feb. 2010.

Nessan, Craig L. �Christian Imagination and Congregational Evangelism.� Currents in Theology and Mission 28.1 (2001): 38-46. ATLA Religion Database. 12 Feb. 2010.

Nottingham, William J. �What Evangelism Can Mean in the Coming Millennium: Looking for the One Thing Necessary.� International Review of Mission 87.346 (1998): 311-21. ATLA Religion Database. 19 Feb. 2010.

O�Brien, Glen. �Joining the Evangelical Club: The Movement of the Wesleyan-Holiness Churches in Australia Along the Church-Sect Continuum.� Journal of Religious History 32.3 (2008): 320-44. ATLA Religion Database. 12 Feb. 2010.

Obst, Particia, and Naomi Tham. �Helping the Soul: The Relationship between Connectivity and Well-Being within a Church Community.� Journal of Community Psychology 37.3 (2009): 342-61. Academic Search Premier. 15 Feb. 2010.

Peace, Richard V. �Conflicting Understanding of Christian Conversion: A Missiological Challenge.� International Bulletin of Missionary Research 28.1 (2004): 8-14. ATLA Religion Database. 15 Feb. 2010.

Pohl, Christine D. Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. Print.

Richardson, Rick. Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2006.

Rosson, Thomas. �Cultural Influences on the Growth in Evangelical Christianity: A Longitudinal Study of 49 Countries.� Review of Religious Research 49.3 (2008): 269-89. ATLA Religion Database. 4 Feb. 2010.

Runion, Charles. Living Legacies. Circleville, OH: Churches of Christ in Christian Union, 2009.

Schaller, Lyle E. Creative Leadership Series: Assimilating New Members. Nashville: Abingdon, 1978.

Searcy, Nelson, and Jennifer Dykes Henson. Fusion: Turing First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2007.

Steigenga, Timothy J. �Religious Conversion in the Americas: Meanings, Measures, and Methods.� International Bulletin of Missionary Research 34.2 (2010): 77-82. ATLA Religion Database. 23 Mar. 2010.

Stone, Bryan P. Evangelism after Christendom: The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006.

Stutzman, Erwin R. Welcome: A Biblical and Practical Guide to Receiving New Members. Scottdale, PA: Herald, 1990.

Surratt, Geoff, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird. The Multi-Site Church Revolution. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.com, 2006.

Whiteman, Darrell L. �Anthropology and Mission: The Incarnational Connection.� Missiology 31.4 (2003).

Allen, Roland. The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church. New York: World Dominion, 1949.

Baldwin, Henry S. �Picturing Christian Witness: New Testament Images of Disciples in Action.� Evangelical Review of Theology 32.4 (2008): 369-71. Academic Search Premier. 13 Feb. 2010.

Brown, Kenneth, and P. Lewis Brevard. Our Goodly Heritage. Circleville, OH: Circle, 1980.

Carter, Charles. From Revival to Evangelism. Salem, OH: Schmul, 1986.

Chester, Tim. Church Planting: A Theological Perspective. Fearn, UK: Christian Focus, 2000.

Corbett, Ian D. �The Theology of Mission in Contemporary Practice.� Anglican Theological Review 92.1 (2010): 117-21.

Crandall, Ron. Turn Around and Beyond: A Hopeful Future for the Small Membership Church. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.

Daman, Glenn C. Shepherding the Small Church: A Leadership Guide for the Majority of Today�s Churches. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008.

Dibeela, Moiseraele Prince. �Conversion, Evangelism and Market.� International Review Mission 97 (2008): 187-97. Academic Search Premier. 4 Feb. 2010.

Dieter, Melvin E. The Holiness Revival of the Nineteenth Century. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow, 1980.

Dreibelbis, John. �From Maintaining to Building Communities of Faith.� Anglican Theological Review 92.1 (2010): 147. ATLA Religion Database. 10 Feb. 2010. 

Dudley, Carl S. Effective Small Churches in the Twenty-First Century. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003.

Duraisingh, Christopher. �From Church-Shaped Mission to Mission-Shaped Church.� Anglican Theological Review 92.1 (2010): 7-28. ATLA Religion Database. 17 Feb. 2010.

Fernando, Ajith. Jesus Driven Ministry. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2002.

Green, Michael. Church without Walls: A Global Examination of Cell Church. Peabody, MA: Carlisle Paternoster, 2002.

Guder, Darrell L. Be My Witness. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985. Print.

Guder, Darrell L. ed. �The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church.� International Bulletin of Missionary Research 32.2 (2008): 101-02. ATLA Religion Database. 10 Feb. 2010.

Guder, Darrell L. ed. Missional Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Heldt, Jean Paul A. �Revisiting the �Whole Gospel�: Toward a Biblical Model of Holistic Mission in the 21st Century.� Missiology 32.2 (2004): 149-72. ATLA Religion Database. 17 Feb. 2010.

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Hoover, Stewart M. Religion in the Media Age. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006.

Jamieson, A., et al. Church Leavers: Faith Journeys Five Years On. London: SPCK, 2006.

Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002.

Kay, William K. Apostolic Networks in Britain: New Ways of Being Church, Studies in Evangelical History and Thought. Milton Keynes, England: Paterposter, 2007.

Kinsey, Andrew D. �Re-Imagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey.� Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies 25.2 (2008): 297-98. ATLA Religion Database. Feb. 2010.

Kirk, Stephanie, and Sarah Rivett. �Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas.� Early American Literature 45.1 (2010): 61-91.

Kostenberger, Andreas, and Peter O�Brien. Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001.

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Malphurs, Aubrey. Planting Growing Churches for the Twenty-Firstt Century. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.

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McManus, Erwin Raphael. Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul. Nashville: Nelson, 2003.

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Pappas, Anthony G. Inside the Small Church. Herndon: Alban Institute, 2002.

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