areas

Mission West is made up of 3 areas of the 8 areas that make up the Southwest Region of the

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


Below you will find documentation about the ministries and meeting of each area that makes up Mission West.

Central Area Council

Below you will find a list of those who have volunteered to serve as the Central Area Council

  • rev. mike hunter,

    moderator, acom chair & rcom rep,

    fcc midland, tx

    email

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  • rev. shannon grubbs,

    secretary,

    fcc stephenville, tx

    email

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  • rev. john pennington,

    treasurer,

    fcc richland springs, tx

    email

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  • rev. don wilson,

    big country cluster

    email

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  • stephen hicks, 

    lbcr representative,

    community christian church, san angelo, tx

    email

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  • rev. tj york,

    children and youth representative,

    fcc midland, tx

    email

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  • jim whitten,

    men's ministry,

    fcc san angelo, tx

    email

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Central Area Council Documents


  • Central Area Moderator Check In (Emailed to CEA Churches 6/1/2016)
  • Blessings, clergy and churches of the Central Area,

     

    I wanted to touch on several things in this check-in email.

     

    *While we rejoice in far West Texas for beneficial drought-lessening rain we are certainly aware that other parts of the area and greater Region are under near disaster conditions of flooding.  Our prayers go out to you.  Having served 30 years in East Texas and having ministry impacted by three hurricanes I know firsthand how both communicating immediate needs and contacting Week of Compassion can be helpful in these hard moments.

     

    If you, your congregation’s membership or your church campus are affected by flood waters please let the Region and the leadership of Mission West know.  We can get the word out to all congregations quickly if some immediate need is not being met by first responders.

     

    *The work of design, in both Mission West and the Region is ongoing. Here are the summary minutes from April’s Regional Council on this item:

     

    Jeff Billings continued to lead the discussion on the direction of the Region. He reported that the questions asked at Ministers Week (What if there were no Region? What if there were no Areas?) both had answers that were very similar. In discussion, it was generally agreed that if we considered who are the Region’s customers, the Region should be focused on making churches better and helping ministers.

    By consensus, the Council approved the Search Committee moving ahead with the recommendations from the Transition Team for responsibilities of a Regional Minister provided in the August 2015 report.

    Action Item: Each Area has been requested to provide names of five congregations that the Search Committee can contact for input into their preparation for calling a Regional Minister; email these congregation names (and minister’s name and, if available, a lay leader’s name) to Arthur Stewart at astewart@midwayhills.org

     

    *As to Mission West restructure, the Central Area is maintaining a “steady as she goes” mindset.  We are collaborating for camping and staff leadership but also giving ear to what the Regional process might be.  We do not want to confuse or duplicate the work.  All of our areas, the entire Region, is giving input to what the future of CCSW will be.  I can’t see MW getting too far out ahead of the Regional conversation. 

     

    *Camping season is just around the corner.  I would direct you to MW mailings and website for the latest on camp status.  As church leaders you might also have helpful results in contacting the director of each camp for specifics.

     

    As to these or any other help or information I might provide, please let me know.

     

    Blessings on your ministry.

     

    M

     

     

    Rev. Mike Hunter

    Senior Minister

     

    First Christian Church

    Midland, TX

    www.fccmidland.org

    432-682-2541

     

    Certified Church Administrator (CCA)

     


  • Central Area Leadership Update (Emailed to CEA Churches 1/20/2016)

    A few years ago I was being interviewed by a congregation for a pastoral position.  They seemed to be at a crossroads and were having a difficult time articulating the path forward.  In the second interview I suggested there were two ways forward that would guarantee both church growth and congregational vitality.

    They leaned forward to hear what I had to say.

    Two ways, I said.  You can pick either one, but these are the only ways forward for growth and vitality.

    One, you can have the entire congregation sign a contract with but two requirements:  first, that no one will ever die or move out of the congregation, and second, that everyone promises to increase their giving by ten percent every year.

    What’s the second option, they asked.

    Or two…that you are open to change, you and the congregation, moving forward.

    And then I continued…I’m interested in being considered as your pastor if you choose the second.  I’m not interested if you choose the first option or the implied third option.

    What third option?

    That you stay the same, change nothing, and expect something different.  That option only guarantees decline.

    They chose option two.  I accepted their call.  And we’ve done that now for 6 years.  And we’ve grown far more than any of us could have imagined that interview day.

    I tell you this story because if I had the opportunity to ask it of our areas, of Mission West and of the Christian Church in the Southwest, I would say that the same three options are before us today.

    And option two is really the only option forward…that we and our churches and other church organizations be willing to change.

    It is not easy.  But easy has never been promised.  But it is our best hope moving forward.

    Some of you know that I do church consulting as my gift to the greater church.  Pay for my travel and I’m there!  I teach this story to congregations all over.  I’d like to tell you they all choose option 2.  No one chooses option one.  But many choose option 3.  And those that do, continue their decline.  They keep trying to convince themselves that what we’ve always done is the way forward.

    It isn’t.

    The leadership of Mission West, CCSW, and all the areas are engaged in the full exploration of option 2 right now.  Words like combine, merge, partnership, sharing are being used.  The Region is searching for both new leadership and a path forward.

    They’re asking hard but important questions.  I’m asking hard questions of them and of myself.

    This weekend I’ll be part of a Regional Council meeting.  Others of our Mission West leadership will be meeting to ponder how we might share children and youth leadership, consolidate events and locations, and eliminate redundancy of administrative systems.

    And most importantly, be an example to all of us in how to move forward, grow the kingdom and invite people to grow in their faith.

    Do I like all the choices being explored?  I do not. Put ten disciples in a room and there will always be 15 opinions.

    But I do know this.  Some form of option two is the only way forward.

    There is no staying the same.  That is not a path to the future.

    So please pray for all of us.  Your Regional Council, Mission West leadership, all the Areas of the CCSW.

    We have some decisions to make.  May God guide us all.

    Again, if you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them.  Just know I don’t yet have the details to option two all figured out. No one does.  But we are working on it.

     

    Mike Hunter
    CEA Moderator
    Senior Minister
    First Christian Church
    Midland, TX
    432-682-2541
    Certified Church Administrator (CCA)
  • Thank you letter from B.O.B.S. (Breakfast on Beech Street) for reconciliation funds.
  • Central Area Leadership Update: (emailed 10/27/2015)

Last week’s face-to-face Regional Council meeting had to be changed to a conference call due to weather and flooding over much of the state.  It was a wise move.


RC did hold a three hour conference call on Saturday and good work transpired.


I am attaching a document that holds two things:  (1) the current financial position of the Region, and (2) the 2016 budget, which the RC approved.  You may or may not be a “numbers” person, but often calendars and budgets reveal the nature of work and the basis of priorities.  I suspect both are true in your church.


I want you to see this for many reasons:

*I believe transparency builds trust.  It is your Region.  You support it in many ways.  You should have this information.


*The numbers speak well.  RC has done good work during this period of transition.  Our financial position has improved.  Our current Regional treasurer has given many hours to cleanup and streamline this process.


*The Region has recovered financially to a point that we can now begin steps toward what can be and should be next.


Toward that end, the council approved two working teams:  (1) A search committee for the next Regional Minister, (2) Team for Structure and Design.  Both are still being populated, and once complete, will begin their work.  Both will coordinate their work to create the best model for the future of the Region and then call the right leadership to accomplish those goals.


These are exciting decisions and the Regional Council was a very positive experience.


Look for our next Regional leadership model to look both familiar and new.  Administration will be emphasized as will collaborative work with our areas.  Those areas, including us here in Mission West are also changing structure dynamics while giving new focus to the important mission of being church.  Soon I will share the joys  of this past year here in Mission West.


As last time, if you know of someone who should be added to this occasional mailing, please let me know.  You are free to share this with your entire congregation.


I am turning my attention this week to All Saints Day.  We will remember those who’ve gone before us.  They created the foundation of church we now work to sustain.  I suspect the same is true in your congregation.  I pray for you, I pray for all of us.


Blessings on our ministry together.


Until next time there is news to share.


Peace,


Rev. Mike Hunter, Senior Minister

email

First Christian Church, Midland, TX

www.fccmidland.org

432-682-2541

Certified Church Administrator (CCA)

Things of Quality Have No Fear of Time


  • Central Area Leadership Update (emailed to CEA Churches 10/24/2015)

Central Area leaders and churches,


This is the first in an occasional check-in to help with communication across the Central Area.


As your new moderator I wanted to make sure you knew how to contact me directly.

 

*At last weekend’s annual meeting we approved financials.


*We approved Church on the Journey’s status to be moved from “church in formation” to active congregation.


*We approved a Reconciliation Grant to Breakfast on Beech Street (BOBS), a ministry that resides at FCC, Abilene.


*We received staff reports from Charlotte and Karakay.  We celebrated strong camp attendance from across Mission West.


*We heard discussion about the evolving formation of Mission West and the partnership with the three areas.  Our hope is to have a unified, equally representative from all thee areas form of governance by the end of 2016.


*We approved officers for 2016:

Mike Hunter, moderator

Shannon Grubbs, secretary

John Pennington, treasurer


Your best connection for up-to-the-minute CEA and Mission West news is here.  Go there often and be sure you subscribe to receive news.


If I can help you in any way, please let me know.  If you know of someone that needs to be added to this mailing list, again, please let me know.


Please be in prayer for our Regional Council.  I go to DFW tomorrow to represent you in that meeting.


Pray also for the members and staff of Memorial Christian Church, Midland, as they have taken action to begin congregational closing proceedings.


Blessings on your fall and your churches.  We can be more together than we could possibly be alone.


 


Blessings,


Rev. Mike Hunter, Senior Minister

First Christian Church, Midland, TX, www.fccmidland.org

432-682-2541, email

Certified Church Administrator (CCA)

Things of Quality Have No Fear of Time



  • Download the Packet from the Central Area Annual meeting on October 17, 2015.
  • Download the Agenda and packet from the CEA board meeting on August 25, 2015.
  • From Don Wilson as published in FCC Abilene's newsletter about the Central Area Joining Mission West (5.6.2014):

At the business session, we voted to officially join in “Mission West,” with no opposing votes voiced.  The Central Area will remain the Central Area, with our own Board of directors, budget, ministry teams, etc.  The same is true for the HiPlains and Tres Rios Areas.  But all three Areas now begin a cooperative ministry this June 1, supporting one Mission West Staff who will serve and guide all of our congregations as we enter a new era of mutual encouragement and enhanced electronic communication.  On June 1, Rev. Charlotte Hoppe becomes our Mission West Lead Minister, and Rev. Karakay Kovaly becomes our Mission West Minister of Youth, Young Adults and Communication.  We will also support an Administrative Assistant and Financial Administrator, officing in Amarillo.  (Tim Adcock remains the Financial Administrator for the Central Area.)


Two new Mission West Initiatives will begin immediately: First, connecting our congregations one to another across this vast geography, using the latest communication tools available to us (Internet, email, Facebook, Skype, ooVoo, as well as good ol’ snail mail) and encouraging our congregations to reach out and share stories and inspiration with one another as “Mission West.”  We will also be creating a ministry of “Mission West Elders”—volunteers who will be trained and deployed as a Pastoral Presence to clusters of congregations in West Texas and New Mexico.  Mission West will be guided and held accountable by the Common Mission Board, consisting of three representatives from each of the three participating Areas.


To provide pastoral guidance and leadership to such a vast geographical area is impossible, if using the models of the past decades.  It was actually near-impossible in our Central Area alone.  But that same impossibility has become the motivation and inspiration for the new and very real network of churches that is Mission West.  Here’s to our shared journey in Christ!

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  • LBCR is looking to hire folks for the summer, see the information here!
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Hi-Plains Area Executive Board

Below you will find  a list of those who have volunteered to serve as the Hi-Plains Area Executive Committee

  • rev. dan anderson, 

    2nd vice moderator,

    fcc perryton, tx

    email


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  • rev. paul carpenter,

    vice moderator, rep to mw bd & regional council,

    fcc lubbock, tx

    email

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    2nd vice moderator,



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  • linda pitman,

    treasurer,

    fcc canyon, tx

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  • mont winders, 

    assistant treasurer, 

    fcc canyon, tx

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    secretary

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  • rev. david theel,

    acom chair & rep to rcom,

    fcc spearman, tx

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Hi-Plains Area Executive Committee Document

  • Meeting Saturday, June 25, 2016 (Attachements Below)
  1. Mission West Plan of Integration
  2. Mission West Bylaws
  3. Hi-Plains Area Constitution and Bylaws
  4. Associate Area Minister Report to the HPA Executive Committee 06 25 2016
  5. Minutes & Proposal from Mission West Youth Meeting Jan 2016
  6. Best Practices for Mission West Outdoor Ministry 2016
  • Download the Packet from the HPA Annual meeting on 10/10/2015.
  • Download the HPA Executive Board Packet from the meeting on 8/6/2015.
  • HPA Board Report 10/21/2014 (below)

Greetings in the Name of the Lord from your HPA Executive Board.  This has been a year of transition for our Area and Region and we'd like to take a moment to update you on our Area's ministries.


As of June 1 a vast majority of the Area congregations approved the partnership with Mission West.  Part of our support includes the use of our office at the Chalice Abbey as the ministry center for Mission West.  MW has also employed our Administrative assistant Angeline Martinez in a similar role who spent much of the summer coordinating summer camp registrations for MW!  Thank you Angeline for your continued dedication to our ministries.  Our bookkeeper of 30 years, Deborah Gifford, has also been contracted by MW to maintain their books along with Hi-Plains and Tres Rios financials.  She is highly skilled and we are blessed she has accepted the additional responsibilities.


The HPA executive board meets quarterly and still oversees our area interests. Our Committee on Ministry functions independently in approval, supervision and accountability for it's commissioned ministry.  Your ministers still have area cluster meetings to support their ministry and spiritual needs.


Chalice Abby continues to ingrain itself in both Amarillo and the spiritual community.  The Abbey has become a meeting and training center for many Hi-Plains events.  Check out their Calendar, or friend them on  FaceBook.  We encourage you to include the Abbey in your outreach giving and invite you stop by and encourage your friends to visit during any trip to Amarillo.


Our Spring DID call was very successful raising $2,225 for a Minister's Scholarship Fund.  This fund is available to assist area pastors with travel and registration expenses related to Area, Mission West and Regional events.   Our Fall DID will be to create a Camp Counselor's Scholarship fund.  All of our camp sponsors give up time and incur expenses whenever they assist with a camp and this fund will be in place to help offset some of that expense when needed.

 

Charlotte Hoppe has spent about half her time on the road working with the congregations, the three participating areas and MW. Her current initiative is to establish a group of volunteer Mission West elders to serve within each Area and "are being recruited and trained to provide select pastoral care, face-to-face and representative ministry in small geographical clusters."  Please contact Charlotte if interested in volunteering or with questions.  We thank Charlotte for her leadership bringing together the ministries of three active areas!


Karakay Kovaly reports 300 youth from all three areas participated in MW summer camps and is already in conversation with area youth leaders regarding camps for the summer of 2015.  Next up is is "a congregation wide event held in Glorieta, NM from Dec. 28-Dec. 31 where families, young adults, youth, and the young at heart will explore The Gospel  according to Frozen, the hit Disney film, and enjoy Sabbath, Skiing, and Mission."  For more information and to register see the web page.  Maybe Olaf will be on hand to offer his own perspective!!  Thanks for all your work Karakay!


A most appreciative thanks to all our congregations for your continued support of all our ministries.  Your presence on the Hi-Plains is essential to local and partner ministries serving a wide range of need in our churches and communities.


If you have any questions about HPA, call 806-358-9590.


Dick Snyder, Moderator, Hi-Plains Area.



  • HPA Announcement to Join Mission West 5.31.2014 For Immediate Release  May 31, 2014 (below)

Greetings in the Name of The Lord!  The Christian Church DOC Areas of the Hi-Plains, Tres Rios and Central along with their member churches have been in discussion and discernment regarding the formation of a combined, new, common ministry model to be known as Mission West.


Churches in each area voted on joining this new Common Mission Board.  Hi-Plains Area churches considered this new ministry proposal during the first half of 2014 and was approved by the following congregations FCC Amarillo, FCC Pampa, FCC Miami, FCC Stinnet, FCC Brownfield, FCC Canyon, FCC Lubbock, FCC Guymon, FCC Liberal, with Westmont Lubbock scheduled to vote on Sunday June 1. (Update 6.3.2014-Westmont Approved on 6.1.2014). The motion did not carry at FCC Borger.  In a meeting of the Hi-Plains Area Executive board on Saturday, May 31, with the majority of voting congregations approving the new structure, the Board voted unanimously to approve Hi-Plains membership, participation in and support of Mission West.  With earlier approvals from Tres Rios and Central areas this completes the formational phase for Mission West which will now begin it's ministry with support of the three areas which will still maintain their area identity and governance.


With this new structure Mission West will maintain business offices at Chalice Abbey,


2717 Stanley, Ste. A; Amarillo, TX 79109 with Charlotte Hoppe of Albuquerque  assuming the position of Lead Minister and Karakay S. Kovaly of Sprearman leading Youth and Young Adult Ministry along with Communications Ministry.  Additional information regarding Mission West can be found here.  We pray for God's blessings on this exciting new ministry!


In an earlier meeting of the Hi-Plains Exec. Board Moderator Bill Hendricks of Lubbock  resigned from the board. The board expressed it's appreciation on behalf of the area for his many years of dedicated service and leadership.   In separate action Dick Snyder of FCC Amarillo was elected moderator beginning June 1, 2014.  Mr. Snyder may be reached here.


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  • Letter to HPA Congregations 5.8.2014 (below)

Greetings HPA colleagues and friends,


As we move toward the June 1, 2014 launch date of Mission West, the new association of the Hi-Plains, Central and Tres Rios Areas, the results we have received from local HPA congregations indicate that they are in favor of this move.


In case you missed it, attached to this e-mail is the letter asking your congregation to vote and the accompanying Mission West information.  Your Mission West Common Mission Board members; Randa Reeves, Debra Huffman and David Theel, called and visited churches to share the Mission West information.  Chuck Fisher also visited with all clergy clusters sharing this information.  Votes were to be reported to missionwest@ccsw.org by April 15.  If you did not return a vote, and would like to do so, please do so ASAP!


Unless the tide of the votes turn, we will all be Mission West together June 1!


Both Karakay Kovaly and I are looking forward to serving you as your Mission West ministers!  If you have any questions, please give either one of us a call or drop us an e-mail


Karakay - 806-440-1791

Charlotte - 915-525-1209

Blessings on our Mission West ministry together!


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Tres Rios Area Board

Below you will find a list of those who have volunteered to serve as the Tres Rios Area Board

  • rev. linda mervine,

    moderator,

    fcc las cruces, nm

    email

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  • dianne goode,

    secretary,

    west mesa cc, albuquerque, nm

    email

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  • jimmy case,

    voting rep to mw cmb,

    fcc alpine, tx

    email

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  • rev. bob aubrey,

    voting rep to ccsw regional council,


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  • kimberly rogge rogers, 

    member at large,

    fcc carlsbad, nm

    email

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  • rev. bill pollack,

    member at large,

    bethany cc, el paso, tx

    email

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  • rev. matt every,

    acom chair and

    rep to rcom,

    fcc ruidoso, nm

    email


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  • moderator elect,

    vacant

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  • treasurer,

    vacant

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Tres Rios Board Documents

  • TRA Annual Meeting Documents for the gathering held at Bethany Christian Church in El Paso, TX on Nov. 14, 2015.
  • Agenda and supporting documents for the TRA Board Meeting on 10/28/2015.
  • Agenda and supporting documents for the TRA Board Meeting on 9/22/2015.
  • Agenda and supporting documents for the TRA Board Meeting on 6/16/2015.
  • MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TRES RIOS AREA, CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF THE SOUTHWEST 11/20/2014.
  • BYLAWS OF THE Tres Rios Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest 05/05/2012.


From Laurie Lewis as published in Monte Vista CC, Albuquerque newsletter about the Central Area Joining Mission West (5/3/2014):

Mission West is Official
 
What an exciting time to be church together.  All 3 areas of the CC in the Southwest - (Tres Rios, Central, and Hi- Plains) have agreed to share in cooperating ministry; and by combining our strengths we will serve God, our neighbors, camps and outdoor ministries with even greater commitment.

Rev. Charlotte Hoppe will be our lead minister, Rev. Karakay Kovaly will serve as the Associate Minister of Youth and Communications. 

The formation of a Mission West Elder Team - by indentifying retired lay elders and retired/part-time clergy who want to serve as resource and comfort to the entire Mission West -- is just the first of many powerful projects underway.
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