News from AllianceQ: February 2019

New O&A Ministries in 2018

In 2018, ten congregations have been added to the Open & Affirming Ministry Program.

Each one of these congregations has committed to welcoming people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations to the full life and leadership of the church. Some have engaged a process of prayer, community building, and study. Others are new church starts that committed to being Open & Affirming from day one. All are a witness to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the world outside our walls that the welcome of LGBTQ+ people is a vital part of following the God who is love.

Is your congregation on the list of Open & Affirming Ministries of the Christian Church? You can find the list here.

Is your church welcoming LGBTQ+ people but hasn’t taken the next step to become Open & Affirming?

Do you wish your church were Open & Affirming, but people aren’t ready to talk about LGBTQ+ welcome?

The Open & Affirming Ministry Program has resources available to help every church become an even more welcoming place. You can read more about how to increase welcome here, and you can find many resources here.

You can also find trainings on our Calendar, and as always, you can contact Mark Johnston, Executive Director of the Open & Affirming Ministry Program at, for more information

Here are the congregations added to the Open & Affirming Ministry Program in 2018 in the order they were added to the list of O&A Ministries:

First Christian Church, Colorado Springs, CO – added: 1/17/2018
First Christian Church, Cuyahoga Falls, OH – added: 2/7/2018
Missiongathering, Issaquah, WA – added: 5/20/2018
Disciples Christian Church, Bartlesville, OK – added: 5/22/2018
Riverside Christian Church, Wichita, KS – added: 6/14/2018
New Covenant Christian Church, Nashville, TN – added: 6/17/2018
Missiongathering, Thornton, CO – added: 10/4/2018
First Christian Church, Greensboro, NC – added: 10/8/2018
Community Christian Church, Ballwin, MO – added: 11/19/2018
Central Christian Church, New Albany, IN – added: 12/18/2018