Read the Official Actions Taken at World Conference
Please read and share the Official Actions of the 2016 World Conference. Complete daily minutes from the Conference are being reviewed. They will be e-mailed to staff and published on CofChrist.org in English, French, and Spanish as soon as they are available.
Letter to USA Church Regarding Orlando
The USA Team of Apostles released this letter to the USA Church regarding the tragic events in Orlando. Please read and share it as we work to find solutions that foster justice and peace.
World Conference Honors Retirees
The World Conference took time on Friday, 10 June, to honor those who retired from full-time employment since the last World Conference. Read their biographies.
Read World Conference Daily Updates
Catch the daily updates on the World Conference app. You can read the daily bulletin, see images from our volunteer photographers, watch clips from live webcasts, read sermon text, and join the conversation on social media.
World Conference Videos on YouTube
Watch clips from World Conference live webcasts on the Community of Christ YouTube channel.
Worldwide Mission Tithes Contribution Update
Members and friends continue to respond generously to Worldwide Mission budget needs, giving an estimated $1,200,000 in April. Year-to-date contributions total $5,625,000 which is 12 percent ahead of the revised annual goal of $15,100,000. Sustaining this level of giving is essential as we continue to seek ways to move Christ’s mission forward.
Graceland President to Retire in 2017
Graceland University Board of Trustees Chair Harry Ashenhurst, PhD, announced on May 2 on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, that President John Sellars, PhD, CPA, will retire July 15, 2017. Sellars has served as Graceland University’s president since 2007. Read more.
Your Generosity Makes a Difference
Check out the 2015 Generosity Annual Report and reflect on the difference you made on mission as we live out the five Mission Initiatives.
Additional financial questions sent during the 3 April President's Address and Q&A webcast are answered by the First Presidency and Acting Presiding Bishopric.
Update on the Grassroots Effort from the Acting Presiding Bishopric
In February, a social media group asked Community of Christ leaders what it would take to avoid layoffs in March and beyond. The leadership responded, saying the church would need an increase in world mission tithes that is timely, reliable, and sustainable and encouraging members to submit world mission tithing plans to the Presiding Bishopric.
During that time, the church received just over $1M in one-time contributions and $1.2M in sustaining commitments for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Thank you to each person, family, congregation, and friend who responded! Read the full update from the Acting Presiding Bishopric.
Historic Sites Bus Tour 2016
“For Everyone Born: A Place in the Story” is back by popular demand! After last year’s bus tour, Barbara Walden and Peter Smith agreed to repeat the 14-day tour 3-16 October 2016. Explore the diverse people and experiences within the Community of Christ story, witnessing our 185-year history of practicing Unity in Diversity and the Worth of All Persons. Worship in the Kirtland Temple and Palmyra’s Sacred Grove. Learn about the history of Nauvoo, Plano, and Lamoni. Visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Women’s Rights National Historical Park; Gettysburg; Washington, DC; Colonial Williamsburg; and much more!
Tour price is $1,799 per person for double-occupancy, $2,599 per person single occupancy. Price includes luxury bus transportation (from Independence, Missouri, area), lodging, tour fees, and most meals. Reservation forms and a full tour itinerary are available on the Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation website, or contact Linda Etchison at (217) 453-2246. Seating is limited. Reserve your place today!
2016 Reunion Themes and Resources
Reunion themes and resources are now available for 2016. This includes resources for Sharing Services, All-Ages Devotions and Activities, Adults, Youth, Children, and Young Children. Of Water and Spirit and Of Water and Spirit for Children will be used for Adult, Youth, and Children lessons.
Community of Christ Releases an App
With the Community of Christ app, you can read daily spiritual devotions, watch inspiring videos, stay in touch with mission happening around the world, and much more.
The app development was funded through the generous offerings received during the USA National Conference after event expenses were met.
Support Community of Christ Through AmazonSmile
Community of Christ is now registered as a charitable organization through AmazonSmile.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Community of Christ whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider making Community of Christ the recipient of a portion of your eligible sales. Simply click this link to smile.amazon.com (for our Canadian members and friends, please use this link for a similar option at Amazon.ca) and Community of Christ will automatically become the charitable organization of your choice. You can change it at anytime. If you search for us, please search "Community of Christ Independence MO" in order have us show up on the first page of results.
New Ministry and Priesthood Courses
The full line of new Ministry and Priesthood courses from Temple School will be available at World Conference 2016. As courses become available, you will be able to purchase them from Herald House.
These classes emphasize spiritual formation, justice and peacemaking, modeling generosity, and providing ministry consistent with the church’s identity, mission, message, and beliefs.
Each lesson incorporates different styles of learning and focuses on what the participants need to know, how they are to be, and what they are to do as disciples and priesthood members.
TS-SS400 Introduction to Scripture by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith
This course is taught by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith on the Introduction to Scripture USB drive. Course facilitators will need this resource so everyone who takes the class can experience these excellent teachers. Each session has built-in places where students are assigned tasks or instructed to share in conversation along with the class in the video.
The Introduction to Scripture book is the resource that each student needs for the eight-session course. It is written by Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith and defines and explores the nature of scripture in the life of the church. It helps students understand genre, literary context, and historical and cultural context. The lessons also provide guides in the responsible use of the Old Testament and dealing with difficult texts; provides a sample small-group Bible study; and explores the function of the Lectionary in sacraments, preaching, and teaching. Students practice an eight-step exegesis process.
TS-MP301 Ministry of the Disciple
These 10 lessons engage disciples in spiritual practices and active learning focusing on what is important to know, be, and do as disciples and ministers of Jesus Christ. The lessons work well in various learning and small-group settings.