Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Leadership Gatherings’ Category

Connecting Congregations

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:1-6

The mission of BODY| Oak Cliff is to connect, equip, and mobilize God’s people to serve together on mission in the places we live and work.

Unity is not just a ideal, but a God-given, Kingdom strategy for blessing the world.  Together we are better, together we can do more!

PROBLEM: Divisions within the Church represent a deficit of love and convey to the world a mixed message, thereby hindering our witness and mission.

VISION: In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. – Romans 12:5

OBJECTIVE: To celebrate the unity and diversity of the Church by networking the Body in concerted prayer and cooperative mission.

_______________________

To stay informed about future Connect projects, go to our Home page and enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts and events by email.

Advertisements

Equipping God’s People

Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.Ephesians 4:12-16

The mission of BODY| Oak Cliff is to connect, equip, and mobilize God’s people to serve together on mission in the places we live and work.

PROBLEM: Our culture is intrigued by Jesus, yet our congregations do not consistently and regularly and produce the kind of people to whom others are drawn.

How do we make fully alive, missional disciples of Jesus?

 VISION: May the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him. – Hebrews 13:20-21

OBJECTIVE: To create a transformational movement of disciples who have been personally impacted by the Gospel and are prepared to share their story and lives with others.

_____________________________

To stay informed about future Equip projects, go to our Home page and enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts and events by email.

Call to Action: Domestic Violence

Who knew that when BODY chose domestic violence as our topic for January’s Lunch & Learn that the issue would be so current.

Considering that every 12 seconds a woman is beaten by her husband or lover, I guess this is always a issue whether the media covers it or not.

On Monday night (Jan 28) at 7pm, a team representing Oak Cliff congregations meets to plan and support the mayor’s call to action.  Contact JoelPulis [AT] BODYOakCliff.net for more details and location.

__________________

From “Advocates Praise Dallas’ Domestic Violence Reform”

City leaders’ recent resolve to stop domestic violence has made the issue a priority in a way that’s unprecedented in Dallas, but officials can’t let up if they want to address the problem comprehensively, experts say.

After a jump in domestic violence slayings in 2012 that hasn’t seemed to slow down so far this year, leaders in Dallas have said enough is enough.

As part of the charge to raise awareness, advocates, city officials and police gathered Wednesday for a candlelight vigil at City Hall for domestic violence victims.

Mayor Mike Rawlings has also appealed to Dallas’ men to stop domestic violence, a City Council member announced efforts to help curb the problem and the police chief has been asked to make it a priority to serve domestic violence warrants.

Local advocates praised the city’s coordinated response that puts the responsibility where it should be: on the abusers. Jan Langbein, the executive director of Genesis Women’s Shelter for 22 years, said she has never seen a mayor take such a strong stand on this issue.

“Just in the past two weeks, we’ve seen our city turn the corner … from blaming a victim to holding accountable the perpetrator,” Langbein said. “That’s a message that’s heard loudly throughout our community.”

But advocates say it’s only part of the solution.

The voices of city officials play a part in reducing domestic violence by helping sway public opinion, said Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place shelter.

“It is not going to stop it by itself, but it is an important part of stopping family violence,” Flink said. “We need to look at the whole system.”

 

Helping Congregations Care for those with Mental Illnesses

Grace for the Afflicted: A Seminar for Faith Communities on Mental Health

Clergy ▪ Staff ▪ Congregational leadership

Thursday, December 6, 2012 | 11:00am – 1:00pm

First Presbyterian Church: 408 Park Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201

Guest Speaker: Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D. | Baylor University

Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical studies
Director, Mental Health Grace Alliance

Registration: $10 registration fee includes lunch
To register, please click on the link: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4634010450#

Flyer: Grace for the Afflicted FLYER

For more information, please contact Janie Metzinger at (214) 871-2420, ext. 114 or JMetzinger@mhadallas.org

Sponsored by:

Lunch & Learn | Mentoring as Movement

LUNCH & LEARN is an Oak Cliff forum seeking to connect and mobilize God’s people around the critical issues facing our community.

On 2nd Tuesdays, we will gather to meeteat, and discover the ways we can address these challenges.

Join us on Tuesday, November 13 for our next luncheon.  Feel free to bring a friend!

 ___________________________________ 

Mentoring as Movement

Founded in 2003, Mercy Street grew out of the desire to see a small pocket of poverty in West Dallas transformed by the good news of Jesus.

Connecting local 4th graders with committed mentors for the next nine years, Mercy Street’s goal is to raise a new generation of leaders from the community to be the change agents of tomorrow.

Come Tuesday, November 13, to learn more about this transformational, good news movement band learn how you can volunteer as a mentor.

  • Who: Everyone is invited!
  • What: A presentation by Trey Hill, Founder & Executive Director of Mercy Street (For 9 years, Mercy Street’s mission has been to spark a movement of Christ-honoring community restoration, engaging in transforming relationships with the future leaders of West Dallas.)
  • When: Tuesday, November 13 | Noon – 1PM
  • Where: Hampton-Illinois Library | 2951 S Hampton Road 
  • How: Bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy this free session!

LUNCH & LEARN is sponsored by BODY | Oak Cliff, a 501(c)(3) non-profit seeking to connect, equip, & mobilize God’s people for the transformation of Oak Cliff.

For more information, contact Joel Pulis at (469) 227-0640 or follow BODYOakCliff.net/lunchlearn

Lunch & Learn | Christian Civility in an Uncivil World

LUNCH & LEARN is an Oak Cliff forum seeking to connect and mobilize God’s people around the critical issues facing our community.

On 2nd Tuesdays, we will gather to meeteat, and discover the ways we can address these challenges.

Join us on Tuesday, September 11 for our next luncheon.  Feel free to bring a friend!

 ___________________________________

Christian Civility in an Uncivil World

In the midst of a bitter election and with important issues at stake, our ability for productive dialogue seems to have been lost. Courtesy, respect, & honesty seem like values from a bygone era. What is our responsibility, as people of faith, to model and live out these constructive virtues in our pluralistic city square?

Come Tuesday, September 11, to discuss civility and dialogue about positive ways to engage.

  • Who: Everyone is invited!
  • What: A discussion led by Dr. Russell Dilday (A renowned teacher, speaker and writer, Dr. Dilday is the author of Higher Ground: A Call for Christian Civility and shares stories from his firsthand experiences on this important matter.)
  • When: Tuesday, September 11 | Noon – 1PM
  • Where: Hampton-Illinois Library | 2951 S Hampton Road 
  • How: Bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy this free session!

LUNCH & LEARN is sponsored by BODY | Oak Cliff, a 501(c)(3) non-profit seeking to connect, equip, & mobilize God’s people for the transformation of Oak Cliff.

For more information, contact Joel Pulis at (469) 227-0640 or follow BODYOakCliff.net/lunchlearn