In the midst of a year filled with challenges for our world, our churches, and all Arizona Disciples we are grateful for a successful 2020 Regional Assembly. Thank you!

We are exited to share that our October “One Region, Many Voices” weekly virtual discussions gathered together over 40 Arizona Disciples each week. We are looking forward to continuing these important discussions in the new year.

We give great thanks for all who participated in our Regional Assembly virtual gathering on November 7. We are excited to share that over 100 Arizona Disciples joined the call to hear about the work of our region these last two years, revise our by laws, and elect our 2020-2022 leadership team! If you missed it, you can view the entire assembly at ra.azdisciples.org or our YouTube channel.

We are also grateful for the many people who made this assembly possible including:

Our Planning Team: Myriam Soto, Rev. Liz DeWeese, Marcela Lopez, Ruben Guzman, Valeria Bejar & Regional Staff

Our Video Presenters & Guests:
Rev. Minerva Guzman, Rev. Terri Hord Owens, Rev. Abigail Conley, Pastor Arturo Laguna, the Casa de Adoración worship team, Rev. Pedro Ramos Goycolea, Rev. Liz DeWeese, Pastor Judy Stall, Rev. Silvia Tiznado-Smith, Rev. Bekah Krevens, Rev. Kathleen Day, Linda Sexton, Jeff Armor, Jim Barton, Lea Nessmith, Rev. Denny Williams, Jesse DeWeese, Linda Necker, Karen Sarabia Ton, Rev. Owen Chandler, Jess Edelbrock, Dawn Hartley, & Jocelyn Hartley

Our 2018-2020 Administrative Council and Mission Focus Team: Jim Barton, Rev. Ailsa Guardiola González, Matthew Clark, Carol Tidrow, Karen Sarabia Ton, Judy Kares, Greg King, Lyle Lavine, Yessica Munoz, Dan Phares, Linda Necker, Rev. Janis Brown, Rev. Kathleen Day, Rev. Kelley Dick, Craig Jones

Regional Leadership:
Regional Staff, Jim Barton (2018-2020 Moderator), Rev. Jay Deskins, our 2020-2022 elected Administrative Council and Mission Focus Team, and ALL our Arizona congregational pastors!

And more! – We know that there are more who have helped contribute to our Assembly. If we missed your name please know that we are thankful for your work and presence.

Watch the Assembly!

Having prerecorded much of the Assembly we are excited to post those videos here for anyone who missed the Assembly. If you’d like to watch the Assembly in one sitting, we’ve also compiled a YouTube playlist.

00 Pre-Assembly Video

01 Assembly Welcome

02 Who is the Christian Church in Arizona?

04 Rev. Terri Hord Owens

04-05 New Church Ministries & Opening Hymn

06 CMF Church MM Grants

07 Regional Commission on Ministry

08 LTS Cert. in Hispanic Ministries Grads

09 Disciples Women’s Ministry (DWM)

10 Glendale Mission and Ministry Center

11 We Will Still be Church!

12 Regional News

14-15-16 Business Session

17 Thank You Jim!

18 Sermon

19-20 Communion & Benediction

2020 Regional Assembly | November 7, 2020

Online Via Zoom and Streaming

One Region, Many Voices

We hope you will join us for our October series:  “One Region, Many Voices.”

Disciples, since our beginning, have taught that God’s love is bigger than our differences.   While our society has become more and more polarized, demonizing people who don’t see things “our” way, Disciples have always preached unity.  We strive to love each other even when we don’t agree.  We try to value each other, to recognize that each of us — no matter how different our life experience — is a beloved child of God.
One Region, Many Voices offers us a chance to hear from 3 different pastors each week sharing on topics related to God’s mission, the state of our world, and our own faith journeys.
We hope you will join us every Tuesday in October:  October 6, 13, 20, & 27.
6:45   Zoom room opens for a casual time of greeting each other
7:00   Presentations start, followed by small group and whole group discussion
8:00   Zoom room stays open for 15 minutes of post-discussion fellowship
8:15   Zoom room closes — Good night!

Welcome to the 2020 Regional Assembly — an Assembly unlike any other.  We normally gather in person every two years to worship God, connect with other Disciples in Arizona, explore our mission through educational workshops, and take care of necessary Regional business.  This year, we will still do all those things, just not in physically present together.

Our Assembly will consist of four parts over the course of October, November, and beyond.  First, our Assembly website which will have videos and links about the Assembly business, about our Arizona Disciples congregations, and our greater Disciples ministries.  We invite you to stroll through this website like you would stroll through an exhibit hall at an in-person Assembly, visiting the “virtual booths” and learning more about Disciples in ministry.

Next, we’ll have a Region-wide series of conversations/panel discussions/workshops led by a variety of Disciples clergy called “Many Voices, One Region.”   Every Tuesday in October from 7:00-8:00 p.m. we will gather via Zoom to reflect and share ideas about the mission of being the church “in such a time as this.”

The 2020 portion of our Assembly will conclude with our Regional Assembly Gathering from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 7.  This will resemble a normal Regional Assembly session, with worship, music, some business, a message from our Regional Minister, and communion.

And finally, we look forward to a big in-person celebration — una grande kermes — sometime in the future, whenever it is safe to all get together again.  At this celebration we’ll invite every congregation to have a booth with food or activities to share.  For now, you can focus on the first three parts — but know that a big get together will be forthcoming when the time is right.

Twenty years ago, our General Minister and President published a book called “2020 Vision,” sharing his vision of what he hoped the Disciples would look like in the year 2020.   He certainly did not envision the year we have had.  And yet in spite of all the challenges, we are still being church, and with prayer, love, and dedication, we will continue being church, celebrating life together and embodying God’s love for a hurting and fragmented world.

We hope you’ll join us for these four parts of Regional Assembly as together, we are the Christian Church in Arizona!

Bienvenidos a la Asamblea Regional 2020, una Asamblea como ninguna otra. Normalmente nos reunimos en persona cada dos años para adorar a Dios, conectarnos con otros Discípulos en Arizona, explorar nuestra misión a través de talleres educativos y ocuparnos de los asuntos regionales necesarios. Este año, seguiremos haciendo todas esas cosas, pero no en persona.

Nuestra Asamblea constará de cuatro partes a lo largo de octubre, noviembre y más allá. Primero, nuestro sitio web de la Asamblea que tendrá videos y enlaces sobre el negocio de la Asamblea, sobre nuestras congregaciones de Discípulos de Arizona y nuestros ministerios de Discípulos más importantes. Lo invitamos a pasear por este sitio web como lo haría en una sala de exposiciones en una Asamblea en persona, visitando los “puestos virtuales” y aprendiendo más sobre Discípulos en el ministerio.

A continuación, tendremos una serie de conversaciones / paneles de discusión / talleres para toda la Región dirigidos por una variedad de clérigos Discípulos llamados “Muchas Voces, Una Región.” Todos los martes de octubre de 19:00 a 20:00 h. nos reuniremos a través de Zoom para reflexionar y compartir ideas sobre la misión de ser la iglesia “en un momento como este.”

La parte de 2020 de nuestra Asamblea concluirá con nuestra Reunión de la Asamblea Regional de 10:00 a 11:30 am el sábado 7 de noviembre. Esto se parecerá a una sesión normal de la Asamblea Regional, con adoración, música, algunos negocios, un mensaje de nuestra Ministro y comunión.

Y finalmente, esperamos una gran celebración en persona, una gran kermes, en algún momento en el futuro, siempre que sea seguro volver a reunirnos. En esta celebración invitaremos a todas las congregaciones a tener un puesto con comida o actividades para compartir. Por ahora, puede concentrarse en las tres primeras partes, pero sepa que se producirá una gran reunión cuando sea el momento adecuado.

Hace veinte años, nuestro Ministro General y Presidente publicó un libro llamado “Visión 2020”, compartiendo su visión de cómo esperaba que fueran los Discípulos en el año 2020. Ciertamente no imaginó el año que hemos tenido. Y sin embargo, a pesar de todos los desafíos, seguimos siendo iglesia, y con oración, amor y dedicación, continuaremos siendo iglesia, celebrando la vida juntos y personificando el amor de Dios por un mundo herido y fragmentado.

Esperamos que se unan a nosotros en estas cuatro partes de la Asamblea Regional, ya que juntos somos la Iglesia Cristiana en Arizona.

Schedule | Itinerario

Saturday | Sábado

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Pre-Business Session Video | Video de la sesión previa a la empresa
Be greeted by each Arizona Disciples congregation

10:00 Assembly Begins | Comienzo de la Asamblea
Voting Delegates Join Via Zoom, all others watch live on Facebook

Welcome & Introduction – Rev. Jay R. Hartley & Rev. Minerva Guzman

State of the Region – Rev. Jay R. Hartley


Business Meeting Begins

Explination of Business Session Process

By-Law Revision set 1, 2, and 3






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