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Partners, June 2018

FEATURE PHOTO (above): Rooms at the Castle Rock Church of Christ, south of Denver, were packed for the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes event.

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes conventions across the nation typically take place over Easter weekend.

However, L2L’s recent first convention in the Denver area was scheduled a little later to increase the chances of avoiding snowstorms.

Nkosilathi Mpofu, youth minister for the Southwest Church of Christ, visits with Matthew Morine.

Also, the different date allowed the Montgomery, Ala.-based ministry’s national leaders — including executive director Roy Johnson — to devote more time and attention to the inaugural event serving the Front Range region.

The result was a successful convention that drew 175 people from seven congregations to the Castle Rock Church of Christ, south of Denver, organizers said.

Boys and girls of all ages competed in art, speech, song leading, Bible reading, puppets and Bible Bowl events.

“The convention marks the culmination of years of vision, prayer and hard work and the beginning of a new era of leadership training and intergenerational ministry that can spread … across the state, and into surrounding areas,” Castle Rock minister Matthew Morine said.

Don Moore, an elder of the Castle Rock church, had the dream of bringing the youth leadership training opportunity to Colorado.   

“It is a dream come true, and I am blessed to be a part of it and part of an amazing congregation,” Moore said. “However, it is not about the convention. It is about building godly leaders for our congregations now and in the future.” 

Along with Castle Rock, participating Churches of Christ included the Parker, Columbine, Lamar, Southwest (Pueblo), La Junta and Windsor congregations.

Girls celebrate their speech awards at the first Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes convention in the Denver area. The Castle Rock Church of Christ hosted the event.



MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson recently met with the Agape Child and Family Services team, students and administrators at Winridge Elementary School.

Carson and the team discussed Housing and Urban Development’s partnership with Agape and the two-generational work that supports poverty re-education and self-sufficiency, the ministry reported.

Agape is supported by Churches of Christ.

Agape executive director David Jordan, second from left, was among the team that met with Housing Secretary Ben Carson in Memphis, Tenn.



PORTERDALE, Ga. — Lady Prayer Warriors is raising money to help Haitian children who have been orphaned because of poverty and natural disasters.

The ministry has teamed with Chrisma Thelusman, a Haitian church leader, to help provide food, shelter, clothing and education for more than 70 children in Ranquitte, in the northern part of the Caribbean island nation.

“I am planning to financially assist this great work and strongly urge all to provide financial support,” said James O. Maxwell, vice president for institutional advancement at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. For more information, see ladyprayerwarriorscoc.com.



COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The A&M Church of Christ has assumed spiritual oversight of Eastern European Mission.

The purpose of the oversight function is to monitor EEM’s policies, activities and public statements to assure they conform with generally accepted teachings of Churches of Christ.

“We believe the Spirit led us to this partnership and want to be a part of the EEM story,” A&M elder and EEM trustee Kent Dale said.

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