Rare Breed needs your help

Brentwood has an opportunity to participate in supporting Rare Breed Youth Services by collecting hats, gloves, and socks, and taking them to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March on Jan. 15th. There will be a box in the upstairs coffee area for the next two Sundays where you can place your items.

About Rare Breed

Rare Breed Youth Services provides assistance to homeless, runaway, and at risk youth ages 13-24 through outreach and housing. Necessities, support services and opportunities are provided to youth to help them safely become self-sufficient while ending homelessness, sexual exploitation, and abuse. Thousands of area youth have benefitted from Rare Breed since 2000.

Board meeting rescheduled

Due to the snow followed by the extreme cold temperatures on the way this afternoon/evening, we are postponing our Elders and Board meetings. They will now take place next Monday at 6 p.m. for Elders (in the Parlor) and 6:30 p.m. for the Board (in the Fellowship Hall). We will send out the financial report and the minutes from our last board meeting later this week.

Shane Claiborne to speak at Brentwood


“Anytime we rejoice in death, we disgrace the cross.”

Author and advocate Shane Claiborne (http://www.shaneclaiborne.com/) comes to Springfield to talk about his book EXECUTING GRACE: HOW THE DEATH PENALTY KILLED JESUS AND WHY IT’S KILLING US.

Once a supporter of the death penalty, Shane looked deep into issues of justice, retribution, and redemption and came to believe in abolition.

If you can’t make this one, look for our other Springfield events with Shane during the weekend November 18 and 19. These events are FREE and open to the public!

-November 18th at 2 p.m., Brentwood Christian Church:
-November 18th at 6:30 p.m., University Heights Baptist Church :
-November 19th, St. Francis Church, Nixa

Immigrant Accompaniment Training

On Oct. 24th at 6:30pm, Brentwood is hosting a Faith Voices Immigrant Accompaniment Training we hope you can attend.

There have been several cases of migrants being detained after going for a routine ICE check-in. They literally disappeared without being allowed to inform their friends or relatives, creating panic among their loved ones.

By volunteering to accompany migrants to ICE check-ins, immigration, and other court hearings, you are showing solidarity and helping to ease the anxiety of interacting with the legal system, reducing the likelihood of detention with your presence, and keeping relatives or lawyers informed in case the person with you is detained. This is a huge help to efforts to stop actual deportation.

Join us to learn more about accompaniment: why it is needed, what it requires, and how you can be involved, join us Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30-8pm.

(Use the back doors on the south side of the church, next to the children’s playground.)

Brentwood Christian Church
1900 E. Barataria
Springfield, MO 65804

Introducing Our New Minister for Youth & College Students


Reed Dressler

We are excited to welcome Reed Dressler to the ministry team at Brentwood Christian Church, serving as the new Minister for Youth & College Students. Reed is from Bolivar, where he attended Southwest Baptist University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy. While at SBU, he received numerous honors, including the prestigious “Life Beautiful Award,” which is given annually to just two students who exhibit exemplary traits of leadership and character, as well as the “Outstanding Theology Scholar Award.” In addition to being very successful in speech and debate, he was the founder and council member of One in Four, an anti-sexual assault advocacy group at SBU. He is currently a grad student at Missouri State University.

Reed has been involved in numerous outreach and service projects, and most recently worked as a Victim Advocate at The House of Hope in Bolivar. He also served in youth ministry during college, but over the course of his time at SBU and beyond he’s gravitated toward more progressive approaches to Christianity that are quite reflective of the ethos at Brentwood. Reed and his fiance, Kensey Slone, are engaged to be married this December. She is currently a senior at SBU, with plans to graduate this spring with a degree in International Business. We encourage you to extend a warm welcome to both Reed and Kensey.

Reed will work with youth and college students from both Brentwood and Trinity. We look forward to what the future holds for our students, and we are grateful for the leadership that he will provide.

Community Conversations

Throughout the month of October, we’re pleased to welcome local leaders who represent organizations and initiatives that are close to the heart of Brentwood. During the sermon time in worship, they’ll share about their dreams and vision and how we can partner with them.

Oct. 8: Linda Leicht & Megan Munzlinger, The Rainbow Network

Oct. 15: Reed Dressler, Minister for Youth & College Students

Oct. 22: Brian Vega, Megan’s Rainbow

Oct. 29: Andy Sun, Ozarks Reach Out

NeuroJam — A concert to raise money for Springfield’s Zone 1 Blitz


Dr. Gray Matter & the Zone Blitzers
October 1st at 6:00 p.m.
Brentwood Christian Church
Buy Tickets

Join Dr. Gray Matter and the Zone Blitzers, a group of local and regional musicians, music therapists, scientists and dreamers, for a benefit concert to raise funds for students in Springfield’s Zone 1 who would like to participate in musical programs at their schools, but lack the resources for doing so. Brentwood Christian Church and Central Assembly of God have teamed up to raise money for this important cause, and this event at Brentwood is one avenue for raising funds for this joint project.

We know, from a scientific viewpoint, that children’s brains develop differently if they learn to play an instrument. Many of the members of the band are scientists and music therapists who work with patients and clients daily, using music to bring about transformation. Brain development, the sense of belonging to a group, the sheer joy of playing and learning something new, ALL support children having a better chance of rewriting their story and having a hand up in life.

This concert will blend popular music with a spiritual message and will raise funds for students who would like to participate in musical programs at their school but lack the resources for doing so.

Let’s come together to help these students have all the resources they need to better learn and achieve through their participation in the transformative power of music. Buy your tickets now for an evening of great fun that’s for an even greater cause.

Tickets are $10 per person (or $30 per family).
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Concert runs from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Free childcare is available for children from birth through pre-K

Brentwood Christian Church is located just east of the Battlefield Mall on 1900 East Barataria Street. Use the red doors on the east side of the church to enter.

New Wednesday series begins Sept. 6 — “More Than Words” (Values for the Modern Family)

more than words

“Family values have long been at the cherished center of the Christian heart, but somewhere along the way the entire concept of family values became synonymous with bigotry, hate, and exclusion. In More than Words, Erin Wathen beautifully reclaims what this term was originally intended to be—a manifesto that leads one to a life of justice, love, and beauty.” –Benjamin L. Corey

Whether your idea of family looks like a Norman Rockwell Christmas card, the Griswold Family Vacation, or the cast of Rent, this series will help us reflect on how to have meaningful connections, healthy families, and strong communities — with the understanding that there’s no one way to be family. 

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6th, Phil will lead a ten session series on Erin Wathen’s book More Than Words, in which we will reflect on meaningful, life-giving family values. Interested participants are encouraged to read the book as we go along. Each Wednesday evening session will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and will meet at Brentwood Christian Church in Room 10. As this book describes:

The values we live and raise our families by are grounded, first, in love. Contrary to many of today’s so-called family values, our values go beyond one or two loaded social issues to a wholehearted lifestyle of practicing compassion, hospitality, justice, peace, and belonging.

More than Words articulates ten values that forward-thinking, openhearted people want to embody in their lives and pass on to their children. With practical ideas and thought-provoking questions, this series inspires families to live more intentionally, engage their communities, and make a difference in the world.

Here’s what others are saying about Erin’s book:



Order More Than Words here.

Disciples Church Shelter in Houston Area Needs Your Help Right Now


Makeshift shelter at Kingwood Christian Church, just north of Houston

As we all know, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey has brought devastation to Houston and many have lost their homes in its wake. Kingwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), just north of Houston, has become a shelter for those displaced in their community and they are in need of many supplies in order to help those who are now seeking shelter at the church (they were the first church in their community to open their doors to those displaced by the storm).

Let’s show our fellow Disciples in Texas that we care about them and that we’re grateful for their willingness to do the work of Christ in and among those in the greater Houston area.

Brentwood is having a fund drive to help them purchase supplies. They can barely keep up with all of the needs they’re responding to and they need your help right now.

To donate directly to the shelter at Kingwood Christian Church, send a text to 417-283-8175 and include in your message the chosen amount of money you would like to donate without using the dollar sign, followed by “Houston” (see the picture below for an example of how to immediately donate $75). If donating by check, please make it out to Brentwood Christian Church and write “Disciples Shelter Houston” in the memo line. All funds will be sent directly to the Kingwood Christian Church shelter.

Thank you in advance for being the hands and feet of Christ in this world — and in Texas right now.