World Outreach

Growing with Others in the Spirit

We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Communion Table as God has welcomed us. Topeka First supports the ministries of The Christian Church Disciples of Christ including the General Church, 33 regional churches, and all local Christian Churches (DOC) in the USA and Canada. Of our budgeted giving, 10.5% goes to support the Disciples Mission Fund. In addition we support the following Disciple offerings:
Week of Compassion
“When was it that we saw you?” we ask. And Jesus replies: “When you gazed into the nameless face on the evening news; when you read the overwhelming statistics of death, pain and poverty in your world; when you learned about the hundreds who were impacted by a flood, tornado or hurricane….and your compassion drove you to respond. That’s when you saw me.” Great things happen when, as a community of faith, we give generously to Week of Compassion.

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Easter
For more than 170 years, General Units of the Christian Church have been the hands, eyes, hearts and feet on the ground eradicating human injustice and abuse of God’s people everywhere. Gifts made through the Easter Special Offering ensures that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will continue to be and share the Good News of Jesus Christ from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.  Together we are building a world of hope. Together, we are building a church with a vision.  Together we are extending God’s abundance. Our gifts to the Easter offering support the worldwide mission of the Christian Church– being the hands and feet of Jesus through an array of General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.)
Pentecost
Planning, nurturing and sustaining new congregations are part of the Disciples’ vision.  Pentecost offering supports the specialized ministry of new church development through both regional and general programs. Fifty percent of gifts received by Kansas remain in this region; the balance supports the work of general, new church efforts.

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Reconciliation
When conceived, the reconciliation initiative was based on a vision for the church as a place “where brothers and sisters of all races, languages, and cultures will grow towards God’s glorious realm, where all have a place at the table and none shall be turned away.”  We accomplish this mission through intentional dialogue, inclusive worship and experiential education.  The Reconciliation Mission of our church is a network of people throughout our church and beyond, who plant seeds of hope that will grow in whatever cracks they can find and ultimately break apart the racist systems that hold us back from a renewed and renewing witness of God’s wholeness.  This offering is received nationwide in September. Fifty cents of each dollar given is returned to Kansas to be used on projects right here at home.
Thanksgiving
Disciples have a long history of post-secondary and theological education. The Thanksgiving Offering provides direct support to 14 Disciples colleges and universities and to seven seminaries or divinity houses. Our gifts under gird a nurturing environment where students form their visions of the future; find their voices in the exchange of ideas; and prepare for their vocations.  Gifts from the Thanksgiving offering continue a Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the church.

 

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Christmas
The Christmas Offering supports 33 Regional Ministries across the U.S. and Canada. All we give stays in the Kansas Region.  Often recognized for the ministries of camps and conferences, regions also play a critical role in the preparation and authorization of ministerial ordination. Both are key to church leadership and development. Regions partner with congregations to support the work required to call a new minister. The Christmas offering also supports a multitude of other regional ministries such as the men and women’s programs, pastoral care, new church establishment and church revitalization.