Why Be Church Together?

Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”  (Matt. 18:20)

Why be church together?  Because that is the only way to be the Church.  I may not remember much from my one semester of Greek, but one thing that I do remember is that nearly every time the word “you” appears in the New Testament, it is a plural “you.”  It’s addressing “y’all.”  It’s addressing the entire Body of Christ – one body made up of diverse members.

When we work together through collaboration, conversation, and co-creation, we can do more collectively than we could ever do individually.  The church gathers people together so that they can inspire one another, support one another, and even challenge one another.

That was the vision behind the creation of the Tri-Conference Covenant between the Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ (UCC), and that remains the vision today.  We believe that the diverse and talented members our shared staff, working together, can accomplish more than they could ever accomplish individually.  In the same way, while the three conferences remain separate, the Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota Conferences have a channel through which we can work cooperatively – leveraging our collective resources and efforts to better build up the people and kingdom of God.

Why be church together?  Because in the Body of Christ, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Rev. Dustin Bartlett

President, Tri-Conference Ministries UCC

The Tri-Conference Agreement

How and why did the Tri-Conference come into being?

What does it mean to be part of the Tri-Conference?