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September 16, 2014 

Below you will find a variety of events offered in the coming months both by Mission West and by additional organizations.


Remember you can register for the upcoming Mission West education events:



Pastoral Care - Practical Pastoral Care
Lee Franklin
October 4, 2014
FCC Abilene 9 AM - 3 PM
What does it mean to offer our best pastoral care to God's people as they face difficult or even devastating circumstances? In this interactive workshop, we will engage real-life scenarios as we work on some essential skills for Pastoral Care, as we think about how our theologies inform our pastoral care, and as we engage situations of loss, grief, dying, and death. Participants will add to their pastoral care toolbox of skills, resources, and practical ways to embody Christ's compassion to those entrusted to their care.

Presenter - Rev. Lee Franklin, MDiv, MBA, is an ordained Christian Church (DOC) minister, Board Certified Chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains), and Certified Grief
Specialist (Grief Recovery Method). She is currently serving as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for Gentiva Health Services. Previously, Lee has served as a chaplain
in level-one trauma hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. and as a pastor in a church in Prairie Village, KS. She is author of several books, including The Pastor's Practical Guide to Funerals: Offering Help, Assurance, and Hope (Abingdon Press, 2013) and The Art of Support: Reaching Out to Others in Times of Loss (Hallmark, 2008), as well as being a regular contributor to Cokesbury's Adult Bible Studies.

Young Adult Retreat
Oct 10-12, 2014
In Conjunction with The Jesus Seminar On the Road 
At the Chalice Abbey & Ceta Glen

If you are not a young adult and interested in attending the Jesus Seminar on the Road you can register here.

CEA Fally Rally "Beloved"
Nov. 14-16, 2014
Chi Rho (Grades 6th to 8th) and CYF (Grades 9th to 12th)

Registration Forms are now available on the web site.   Be sure to note we are trying to new roster registration.  Instructions are available on the web site.

Communication - Practicing Right Relationship in Your Congregation
Chuck Fisher
Nov 8 Chalice Abbey, Amarillo, TX 9 AM - 3 PM
Nov 22  FCC Ruidoso, NM - 8 AM - 2 PM
People long for meaningful relationships. Strong programs and lovely facilities are not enough. God intends for our relationships to be 
effective, fulfilling, and generative. But, right relationships are messy. They require intentional, deliberate work that will be uncomfortable at times. They demand that we learn new skills and practice them. 
These skills can be learned. The difference they make for us as individuals, for our congregations, and for the world makes it worth
every ounce of effort. To prepare read: Practicing Right Relationship: Skills For Deepening Purpose, Finding Fulfillment And Increasing Effectiveness In Your Congregation, by Mary Sellon. Available
through Amazon.

Presenter-Dr. Chuck Fisher, past Hi Plains Area Minister (2002-2014) and now retired, served as a local pastor for more than thirty years and as Area Minister for twelve. A graduate of TCU (68) and 
Brite (72 and 80), Chuck served churches in Missouri, Idaho, 
Oklahoma and Texas.

You can use this link to Register for Mission West Events.




Additional Events You May be interested in attending:

October 5-6, 2014
Abilene, TX

In June 1999, nine Christians from the three North American churches that share the Stone-Campbell heritage (Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and Christian Churches) met to discuss how they might overcome the divisions that had separated them. They committed to begin a series of dialogues to develop relationships and trust and to bring understanding and healing to the rifts between the groups that shared the same beginnings.  Since that summer, the Stone-Campbell Dialogue has met eighteen times in cities across the United States to worship together, discuss important issues, break down barriers, and identify shared commitments.

On October 5-6, 2014, the Dialogue will come to Abilene. On Sunday evening, October 5, the meeting will begin with a worship service, communion, and fellowship meal hosted by First Christian Church, Abilene.  On Monday, ACU will host a dialogue about how "new church" movements are affecting all our churches. How do we see such non-traditional efforts as emergent church, organic church, house or cell church, and the new monasticism?  Several on-the-ground practitioners of these new forms of church who have roots in the Stone-Campbell tradition will speak about their experiences and provide opportunity for interaction and questions.

All meetings are free and open to any person seeking to understand these efforts and committed to make visible the unity Christ prayed for before his crucifixion. 

All events are free and open to the public, but we need all to register with this link to be able to plan for meals.  The schedule and locations for the program can be downloaded here.

October 15-17, 2014
Midland, TX

October 25-26, 2014
Spring, TX
Updated with Registration, Hotel Recommendations & Workshops

 B.A.M! Being About Ministry!
October 31-November 2, 2014
Fort Worth, TX

Being About Ministry is a SPECIAL weekend designed for juniors and seniors in high school who have asked, "Do I want to be a minister?"

Download a brochure or find out more information here.


We hope you find these events useful to your ministry.