The 2020 Virtual Biennial Regional Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky was held on Saturday, October 17, 2020. This was definitely a different way of holding Assembly, but it was an outstanding one with good attendance and a sense of connectedness that defied not being able to gather physically.
A renewing and restorative spirit among the assembly goers and the presence of the Holy Spirit were evident among the “gathered” Kentucky Disciples.
The theme of “Come to the Water” was brought to life in the Assembly worship with Rev. Terri Hord Owens, Disciples General Minister and President, bringing the message, and with music provided by Andra Moran, Disciples Singer Songwriter from Nashville, and Deborah Garr, Minister of Music at Seventh Street Christian Church in Paris. Chris Teesdale of Central Christian Church in Lexington served as the production manager for the assembly and brought all components of the Assembly workshops, worship, and business together beautifully with relevant and inspiring graphics, videos, and music. The region is forever indebted to Chris for his hard work and to to the Assembly Planning Committee working with the direction of Jeff Bruce, CCK Second Vice Moderator.
The Saturday Assembly wasn’t all that was offered as a part of this unique virtual weeklong gathering. There were five nights of pre-assembly workshops with two workshops per night! All workshops and the worship service can be found on the Christian Church in Kentucky’s YouTube Channel and are available to be shared with congregations.
New Moderators and Members at Large were elected and installed during the business session of the Assembly. Syvoskia Bray Pope, Minister at New Century Fellowship Christian Church in Louisville, was named Moderator; Milton West, Pastor of First Christian Church in Mayfield, will be the new CCK First Vice Moderator, and Disciples minister Tracy Parker will serve as Second Vice Moderator.
Kory Wilcoxson gave an update on the search for a new Regional Minister, and the resolution regarding mandated anti-racism/pro reconciliation training for clergy was approved.
The first iteration of the new board was adopted. The bylaws state that the Board shall be composed of the three elected officers of the Region, ten at-large members, one representative from the Kentucky Christian Missionary Convention (KCMC), and one ecumenical representative. There shall be no more than one Board member from a congregation at the time of their election. The slate of nominations was approved. The list of the new board members and all other business items may be found in the Assembly Business Document.
The 2022 Assembly of the Christian Church in Kentucky be held November 4-5, 2022, at First Christian Church in Georgetown.