Alliance Q’s Membership Challenge

Membership Thermometer

As of June 22, 2017 Alliance Q has 365 members.

Alliance Q’s Membership Challenge is underway – and we reached our first goal!

Our goal for the Columbus General Assembly was 500 members, and at the end of the Assembly our membership count was 554 members!

But wait! What happened?!? Well, many of those members didn’t renew after their one year membership expired. Is one of them you? Do you know someone who may have let their membership lapse? YOU can Accept the Challenge at it’s most basic level – make sure your membership is up-to-date and encourage your friends to join Alliance Q or renew their membership.

And our next goal? By the time we meet again at the Indianapolis General Assembly in 2017, our goal is to have 1000 members of the Alliance. It’s time for you to join today and work with your congregation and Accept the Challenge!

Here is what Alliance Q is challenging the Alliance members and the Open & Affirming Congregations to do:

  • We are challenging the Open & Affirming Congregations to recruit 10% of their membership as members of Alliance Q
  • We are calling upon individuals to renew their Alliance Q membership
  • We are challenging everyone to encourage their friends, family, and other church members to join also.

Accept the Membership Challenge today!

How is your congregation doing? Check the Challenge Progress Meter!

Here’s how you can Accept the Challenge!

For Individuals

Here are some easy steps you can take to Accept the Challenge

  1. Make sure your own Alliance Q Membership is up to date. You can renew your membership at contribution.gladalliance.org.
  2. Write down one sentence about why welcoming LGBT people in the church is important to you. How has an Open & Affirming church been important in your life or the life of someone you care about?
  3. Write down a list of people you know who also understand the importance of welcoming LGBT and all people to our churches. Think of people in your congregation, other Disciples you know in your region, or others you may know who are farther away. It won’t be difficult to come up with 10 people or more!
  4. Be informed. Here’s a sheet we published when we revised our mission statement a couple years ago with more information about what Alliance Q has been doing, and the Alliance’s Mission and Strategic Vision. For more up-to-date news, do check out the last couple issues of our Crossbeams newsletter, and check out the links in the box to the right for more inspiration.
  5. Contact the people on your list. In person is best, a phone call is great, perhaps an e-mail or a Facebook message is right for some people. Call one person a day, or a couple people a week.
  6. Share with them why Alliance Q and the Open & Affirming Ministry Program is important to you.
  7. Ask them to join GLAD by going to contribution.gladalliance.org. Memberships start at $45. Students and low income individuals can join for $15.
    • What if they say no? Thank them for their time and support and feel good that you had a conversation with someone about something that’s important to you. That’s good work!
    • And if they say yes?!? Thank them and follow up a few days later to make sure they kept their commitment.

For Congregations

Here are several ways your congregation can Accept the Challenge and inspire members to join GLAD.

  • Send an email to Mark Johnston to let us know that you Accept the Challenge. We will track your congregation’s progress on the Challenge Progress Meter below.
  • The best results will come when you ask people personally. Use the suggestions to the left to ask your friends and church members.
  • Accept the Challenge for your congregation personally and ask two or three people to join you. Inspire each other to set a goal – 5 people each? 10? more?
  • Include an article about Alliance Q’s Membership Challenge and your congregation’s involvement in your newsletter and on your website. Here’s a suggested article that you can use.
  • Talk about Alliance Q’s Membership Challenge in Sunday announcements, Sunday School, and other meetings.
Want more good reasons why it’s important to welcome LGBT people openly in all of our congregations? Read on!

The Challenge Progress Meter

You can check on the progress of the congregations that have accepted our challenge below. If your congregation isn’t listed, let us know and we’ll add you to the challenge.

The Challenge has just begun! Contact Mark Johnston to add your church to the Alliance Q Membership Challenge. We will show your congregation’s progress here.

Fireside Christian Church, Aurora, CO

21.1% of congregation are current members of GLAD (4 out of 19 church members)

 
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Central Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN

9.0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (22 out of 244 church members)

 
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Downtown Disciples, Des Moines, IA

7.7% of congregation are current members of GLAD (1 out of 13 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Fullerton, CA

5.1% of congregation are current members of GLAD (8 out of 156 church members)

 
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Welcome Table, Seattle, WA

4.2% of congregation are current members of GLAD (4 out of 94 church members)

 
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Midway Hills Christian Church, Dallas, TX

4.1% of congregation are current members of GLAD (9 out of 220 church members)

 
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United Christian Church, Levittown, PA

3.7% of congregation are current members of GLAD (3 out of 82 church members)

 
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Compton Heights Christian Church, St. Louis, MO

3.4% of congregation are current members of GLAD (3 out of 87 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Minneapolis, MN

3.2% of congregation are current members of GLAD (4 out of 125 church members)

 
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Little White Chapel Christian Church, Burbank, CA

3.1% of congregation are current members of GLAD (2 out of 65 church members)

 
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Central Woodward Christian Church, Troy, MI

3.0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (3 out of 101 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Baltimore MD

2.9% of congregation are current members of GLAD (2 out of 69 church members)

 
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Edmond Trinity Christian Church, Edmond, OK

2.9% of congregation are current members of GLAD (7 out of 70 church members)

 
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All Peoples Christian Church, Los Angeles, CA

2.0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (1 out of 51 church members)

 
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Franklin Circle Christian Church

1.4% of congregation are current members of GLAD (2 out of 138 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Orange, CA

1.4% of congregation are current members of GLAD (5 out of 364 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Janesville, WI

1.4% of congregation are current members of GLAD (1 out of 74 church members)

 
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Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, Louisville, KY

1.3% of congregation are current members of GLAD (2 out of 160 church members)

 
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Brentwood Christian Church, Springfield, MO

1.1% of congregation are current members of GLAD (5 out of 472 church members)

 
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Church of the Foothills, Santa Ana, CA

0.9% of congregation are current members of GLAD (2 out of 222 church members)

 
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Central Christian Church, Terre Haute, IN

0.8% of congregation are current members of GLAD (1 out of 126 church members)

 
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National City Christian Church, Washington, DC

.8% of congregation are current members of GLAD (4 out of 526 church members)

 
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Park Avenue Christian Church, New York City, NY

0.7% of congregation are current members of GLAD (2 out of 275 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Carlsbad, NM

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 67 church members)

 
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Community Christian Church, Tempe, AZ

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 163 church members)

 
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Chalice Christian Church, Gilbert, AZ

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 105 church members)

 
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Bixby Knolls Christian Church, Long Beach, CA

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 56 church members)

 
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St. Andrew Christian Church, Goodlettsville, TN

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 74 church members)

 
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Cairn Christian Church, Lafayette, CO

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 120 church members)

 
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All Pilgrims Christian Church, Seattle, WA

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 165 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Vallejo, CA

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 30 church members)

 
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Fringe: A Community Growing, Columbus, OH

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 10 church members)

 
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Queen Anne Christian Church, Seattle, WA

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 40 church members)

 
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Origin Fellowship, Spokane, WA

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 38 church members)

 
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First Christian Church, Farmville NC

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 199 church members)

 
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University Christian Church, San Diego, CA

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD (0 out of 169 church members)

 
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National Avenue Christian Church

0% of congregation are current members of GLAD ( 0 out of 235 church members)

 
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