No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
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Here’s the latest from the Central Pacific Conference…
Four Doorways to Deepening Worship workshop
Learn how to unlock the gifts your congregation
already has to revitalize worship
Friday, June 17, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Riverside Community Church (UCC)
317 State St, Hood River, OR 97031
Registration: $20/person, which includes lunch
Funded in part by your CPCUCC Local Church Ministry Team
Four Doorways is a day-long event designed to inspire and equip. It’s designed for clergy, musicians and lay people; anyone involved in creating worship. Participants leave spiritually refreshed and brimming with new ideas. From hands-on worship to informed, engaged teaching, Four Doorways turns participants into creators empowered with the knowledge that they already have everything necessary to craft vital worship. Participants leave with a blueprint to re-create vital worship at home.
Workshop Leader – Adam Kukuk
Adam Kukuk is a musician, composer & worship consultant. From organ and piano to choirs and drum groups, Adam has meaningfully incorporated music ranging from Bach to Tracy Chapman in worship. Always striving to help congregations discover their resources and deepen their experience of God. Whether leading a cappella call-and-response refrains, Renaissance motets, children’s bells, homemade percussion orchestras, contemporary praise music, or rousing Evangelical organ hymns, he has one goal: to help people worship God.
Institution or Movement?
What do our Ministry Teams do?
What is all this “Network” talk?
The early Christians, the followers of Jesus, referred to themselves as “People of the Way.” Not church, but movement. A movement is community seeking truth and a righteous path. A movement is the fastest way to respond to injustice. Individuals, with a deep longing and passion, come together to change the world. A movement is diverse, messy, and powerful!
The time comes when all movements recognize the need for logistics. Who’s bringing the food? Who’s going to speak at the press conference? What focused message is going to drive our cause forward? Institution starts to take shape. And so movement becomes church, an institution to carry forward the message. But the focus of institution is stability. The focus of movement is truth and passion.
Continue reading this defining article by Conference Minister, the Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris, about how the Central Pacific Conference is a vibrant mix of Institution (our governing structure) and Movement (our passion-driven Ministry Networks). We are a leader-full covenant community!
The Central Pacific Conference is the community of United Church of Christ congregations in Oregon, southern Idaho and southern Washington. We are multiracial and multicultural, open and affirming, and accessible to all.
In this family of 45 congregations our shared commitment is to ministry and mission. The CPC provides spiritual and material resources and encouragement to all our nearly 7,600 members. We put purposes and programs into action by drawing on the experience and talents of all the conference’s members, both lay people and clergy.
The CPC assists and encourages local congregations and their members in working together to explore, communicate, support and pursue the ministry and mission of the church, and provides a channel for effective relationships with the UCC and with other faith communities.
The Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ is one of 39 regional conferences in the 1.5 million member United Church of Christ, a “united and uniting” Protestant denomination in the United States of America.