The Apostle Paul tells us, “Be thankful in all things.” When I count my blessings I am thankful for the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Thanksgiving Offering provides direct support to Disciples colleges, universities and theological institutions. Disciples have a long history of post-secondary and theological education. This offering provides a direct connection to 14 colleges or universities, 3 seminaries and 4 seminary foundations/divinity houses. Gifts from the Disciples Mission Fund Thanksgiving Offering continue a Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the church.
The offering has directly helped me because it supports Phillips Theological Seminary where I was able to prepare for ordained ministry. At Phillips my theological understanding enlarged in exciting ways. It felt like a door was thrown wide open. Not only did I receive excellent preparation, but it also changed my whole life. So many people have been aided for ordained ministry as well, including Robin and Leigh. And because of the help given to us for excellent, well grounded scholarly preparation the long term effects go to help the churches we serve as well.
So join me in counting the Thanksgiving Special Day Offering as a blessing in our lives by supporting it as we receive our offering this week.
Grace and Peace,