The Office for Church Relations exists to sustain and strengthen the relationship between Harding University and the Churches of Christ and to be a servant to the servants of God by offering programs and resources for ministry staff, church leadership, and church members.
Some of the programs we offer include the annual Bible Lectureship, Arkansas Minister’s and Wives Day, Abundant Living Seniors Ministry, Preacher Stuff Ministry Resource Exchange, and our quarterly Salt, Leaven and Light newsletter.
We appreciate your ministry and want to hear from you. Harding University has a vast network of ministers and alumni and we want to support your service in the kingdom of God.
Church Growth Seminar - Summer 2017
Healthy Practices for Thriving Churches
A Church Growth Seminar sponsored by
Office of Church Relations at Harding University
July 20, 2017
Is your congregation stuck in the doldrums? Or, are you growing but would like to know how to be more spiritually healthy? All church leaders who are interested in having more effective, Christ-honoring congregations are invited to this free program.
9:00 a.m. Session 1 - CELEBRATION: Building Momentum Through Strength (Dr. Carlus Gupton)
Renewed vision for established churches begins with the capacity to celebrate gifts and strengths.
10:00 a.m. Session 2 - CLARITY: Facing Reality With Humility and Hope (Dr. Carlus Gupton)
Vision forward requires clarity on the implications of the past and present.
11:00 a.m. Session 3 - COURAGE: Challenging Ourselves and Others With Decisive Action (Dr. Carlus Gupton) Growth requires courage to chart a new course and stay with it.
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own. (Many dining options are on campus and nearby.)
1:30 p.m. Session 4 COMMUNITY: Harnessing The Dynamics of Small Groups (Dr. Dan Williams)
Learn how small groups can revitalize a ho-hum church.
2:30 p.m. Session 5 CHALLENGES: An Hour With H.K. Derryberry
Be inspired to overcome your own challenges by this young man’s unique story.
3:30 p.m. Session 6 COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT SMALL GROUPS (Dr. Dan Williams)
Learn the do’s and don’ts of beginning a small group ministry in your church.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Dr. Carlus Gupton serves as Professor of Ministry and Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Harding School of Theology in Memphis. He has consulted with over 100 churches and organizations.
H.K. Derryberry is an amazing young man whose inspiring story has been featured on NBC News.
Dr. Dan Williams is Vice-President for Church Relations at Harding University. His discussion guides for small groups have been used in over 2000 churches nationwide.
For more information contact Teresa Castleman or Dan Williams at
501-279-4449 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Ministry Resource Exchange
If you are like me, you are constantly on the lookout for good ministry resources.The pressure of preparing a couple of sermons, a class or two, and maybe a bulletin article Sunday after Sunday means we all have to work hard to stay fresh.
On the other hand, after we have done the hard work of preparing our sermons, bulletin articles, etc., the material we labored to create is typically used once and then filed away.
Here is an opportunity to gain access to more ministry resources, and at the same time to multiply the usefulness of the “good stuff” you have created.
“PREACHER STUFF” is an e-mail ministry resource exchange that offers daily postings of good stuff for preachers. This has been a personal ministry project of mine for over twelve years, and we have hundreds of ministers from across the nation and around the world who participate.
There is no charge for this service. All we ask is that you give proper attribution any time you use material from a colleague, and of course, from time to time remember to send some of your own good stuff!
What kinds of material do the guys share? Sermons, sermon starters, sermon illustrations, bulletin articles, class material, ministry questions and answers, book reviews and recommendations, interesting web links, small group discussion guides, even church sign messages. “PREACHER STUFF” does not engage in controversy, but other than that, any stuff that might be useful to preachers is welcomed.
To sign up, simply e-mail Teresa Castleman, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Church Relations, at ChurchRelations@harding.edu and put “Subscribe To Preacher Stuff” in the message line.
Now for the caveats and cautions: Since the material is peer-generated, neither I nor Harding University can take responsibility for everything written. Don’t send copyrighted material. And please remember to put your name, congregation, city and state on the material you are sharing, and not just in the email message to which it is attached.
Vice-President for Church Relations
Our faculty here at the College of Bible and Ministry not only offers a broad range of backgrounds, education and experience to the Harding University community, but they are also available as a resource for your congregation. You will find a link below to a directory that lists their names, contact information and the types of presentations they offer. Included on this list are individuals who are willing to serve as Fill-In and Interim Preachers. Speakers for women’s events are also listed.
Unless otherwise indicated on the directory, contact the speaker directly to schedule them to speak at your congregation.
These individuals are not reimbursed by Harding University for such speaking engagements, so your congregation will want to provide their travel expenses and an appropriate honorarium.
Thank you for your interest. The Office for Church Relations exists to serve churches and connect them with the resources of Harding University. If we can be of assistance, please contact our office at 501-279-4449.
Church of Christ Scholarship
Harding offers discounts on tuition for the children of full time pulpit and youth ministers within our brotherhood, as well as for children of foreign missionaries and Christian educators.
For more information about these scholarship opportunities, contact the Harding University Financial Aid Office.
TIAA-CREF has agreed to provide retirement planning services for qualified ministers and employees of churches of Christ who desire to be a part of this program through Harding University. More info...