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The Christian Church in Arizona is one of 31 geographic areas of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Most often we are known as the “Arizona Region.”
Our congregations call on Regions to fulfill the mission of the Church by taking the lead in developing new forms of ministry in mission, witness and service. Regions also are nurturing agents that provide support, guidance and pastoral care to ministers and congregations.
Additionally, Regions provide for standing and credentialing of ministers, support for relocation of pastors, and filling vacant ministerial positions. Regions help find interim minsters for churches that are without permanently called pastors, and settled pastors for churches finishing an interim time.
“To create an environment and relationships in which congregations and leaders are called, supported and equipped for congregational mission and ministries which are transforming, growing and faithful.”
The Arizona Region strives to live out its calling and mission by:
Facilitating planning and visioning
Offering pastoral care, support and coaching
Providing events and workshops to train congregational leaders
Helping congregations network with one another
Walking with congregations through the process of calling a new minister
Licensing, Ordaining, and maintaining the standing of ministers
Encouraging and/or providing financial support for pastors to attend suport groups, retreats and educational events
Growing Faithful Disciples
Offering camps and conference for young Disciples
Supporting youth ministries
Supporting ministries for women
Supporting the Convención de Arizona
Reaching Out to Others
Establishing new churches
Working to eradicate racism
Sharing in the Mission through projects and work trips
As Regional Minister and President, Rev. Dr. Jay Hartley supports Arizona clergy and local and coordinates the Regions ’s ministries and staff. He is the corporate and administrative President of the Region and serves on several boards and ministry teams of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and affiliated ministries.
Rev. Hartley earned his Doctor of Ministry at Lexington Theological Seminary, his Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his bachelor’s degree in Religion and Music from Williams College in Massachusetts. Rev. Hartley loves to hike the beautiful mountains of Arizona.
Linda joined Regional staff in 2015 as Coordinator of Arizona Disciples Women’s Ministry (DWM). Linda works with the DWM Leadership Team to plan an annual retreat in September, an annual spring event, and to support Women’s Ministry in local congregations. Linda has served and participated in many ministries and programs throughout Arizona for more than 30 years. She is a member of Foothills Christian Church.
Joining regional staff in 2015 as the Media Communications Coordinator, Matthew now serves as the Regional Ministry Administrator. Matthew works closely with our Regional Minister and Regional Commissions/Committees providing organization, administration, and oversight for regional programs and events. He manages all office and ministries administration.
The Christian Church in Arizona has an organizational structure that recognizes the importance and interdependence of both administration and ministry. Our Administrative Council (AC) is responsible for administrative oversight and legal and fiduciary accountability, while our Mission Focus Team is responsible for vision and direction for engaging in the mission and ministry of the Region. Both teams consist of five elected members and are joined by our Officers, Regional Minister and President, a representative from the Convención de Arizona, and appropriate Regional Staff. The Mission Focus team is also joined by the chair of each Regional Ministry.
Two groups assist the AC in their work:
Commission on Finance (COF)
Staff Relations Team (also assists the Mission Focus Team)
Seven groups assist Mission Focus Team:
Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation (ARPR) Team
Disciples Women’s Ministry (DWM) Leadership Team
Global Ministries Team
New Church Ministry (NCM) Team
Regional Commission on Ministry (RCOM)
Staff Relations Team (also assists the AC)
Youth and Children’s Ministry Team (YCMT)
Regional leadership strives to be inclusive and seek a balance (male, female, clergy, lay, ethnic, geographical, congregation, gifts and skills) when nominating and filling positions on teams and commissions.