Great River Region Congregational Giving Reports - DMF, Blessing Box, Christmas offering, Designated for Operating


Easter provides support for the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.) These ministries operate across the U.S. and Canada as well as around the world.

Through care, service and advocacy for others; sharing resources, stories and worship, general ministries partner with region to strengthen congregations for the mission of the church.

More about General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Pentecost gifts support the development and growth of new churches. Fifty percent of the offering is available for new church ministries in the regions it was given and the remainder supports the General Assembly’s New Church Priority that is housed in the Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation.

All gifts to the Pentecost Offering directly support the operating expenses of new congregations and the training of new church pastors, mentors and coaches.

Read more about New Church Ministry.


14 Colleges and Universities; and 7 Theological Institutions receive direct support through this offering, further nurturing the relationship between the church and educational institutions.

Your support of the Thanksgiving Offering provides scholarships and pastoral care to Disciples students at Disciples Schools.  Your gifts are directly impacting the lives of leaders who will serve the church for years to come.

See a list of the colleges, universities, seminaries, foundations and divinity houses.


The Christmas Offering directly supports your region in our mission to extend the ministry of Christ in mission, teaching, witness, and service among the people and social structures of our region.

Regions also establish, receive, and nurture congregations, providing help, counsel, and pastoral care to members, ministers, and congregations in their mutual relationships, and relating them to the worldwide mission and witness of the whole church.

Regional Ministries provide pastoral care and enrichment programs in 33 areas of the U.S. and Canada. Regions are often known for their outstanding camp and conference programs as well as the development and ordination of ministry candidates. All funds raised through the Christmas Special Day Offering remain in the region given.

There are four Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings received each year during Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons.  Also, Special Mission Fund offerings for Week of Compassion and Reconciliation Ministry are received in the last two Sundays of February (Week of Compassion) and the last Sunday of September and the first Sunday of October (Reconciliation).  Each offering supports a specific ministry providing critical resources.

Haitian Dominican Deportation Response.
Amid Caribbean spring break hotspots lies the most economically impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere: Haiti. First colonized by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and later ceded to France, the island became the site of lucrative sugarcane plantations, worked by tens of thousands of Africans who were brought to the island as slaves. In 1804, a former slave named Toussaint Louverture led a revolution that defeated Napoleon Bonaparte's army, making Haiti the world's first black republic. Western governments, fearful of similar revolts, refused to recognize Haiti's sovereignty and spent much of the 19th and 20th Centuries inhibiting the country's development. Widespread poverty led many Haitians to cross the border into the Dominican Republic on the eastern side of the island in search of opportunity. Despite the slaughter of 10,000-20,000 Haitian immigrants in 1934 by Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo, many Haitians still felt their opportunities would be better across the border--even more after the 2010 earthquake that took around 200,000 lives.
This influx renewed Dominican policies against Haitian immigrants, whose darker skin and African heritage contrast with the average Dominican. In 2013, the country's highest court stripped birthright citizenship from over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. The government required undocumented people to register or face greater risk of deportation--a condition too costly, time consuming, or nerve racking for about a quarter of a million people who missed the deadline. As a result, thousands of undocumented Haitian Dominicans began hiding in rural labor camps known as "bateyes" to avoid deportation. Others have been deported or have voluntarily left in fear.
Deportees receiving aid from Week of Compassion pose for a picture. Photo: Ulrick Gaillard