The Dr. Robert A. Thomas Global Ministries Fund was established by the Board of Directors of the Division of Overseas Ministries (DOM) in 2001 to honor Dr. Thomas’ ministry, witness, and commitment to God’s global mission. The Dr. Robert A. Thomas Global Ministries Fund is invested, along with the other Division of Overseas Ministries permanent funds, with the Christian Church Foundation. The distributions from the Dr. Robert A. Thomas Global Ministries Fund provides resources for the ongoing work of the Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries.
In his ministry as DOM President from 1973 until 1983, Dr. Thomas lived out his conviction that the church is one and that the Division of Overseas Ministries is a ministry of the whole church. He provided a high caliber of theological reflection to DOM and as a member of the Cabinet of the General Minister and President. He guided the legacy of the United Christian Missionary Society (the predecessor mission body of DOM and the Division of Homeland Ministries, today Disciples Home Missions) through many changes, emphasizing its stewardship and new organizational structure. He led DOM to the endorsement of its Principles and Policies by the General Assembly in 1981, and advanced the establishment of joint offices with the United Church of Christ, beginning with the Middle East Office in 1980. Under his leadership, the Joint Office for Human Rights was established with Disciples Home Missions, and he instituted the practice of inviting international guests as participants at the General Assembly.
The Dr. Robert A. Thomas Global Ministries Fund is invested, along with the other Division of Overseas Ministries permanent funds, with the Christian Church Foundation, and is governed by the endowment practices and policies of the Division of Overseas Ministries Board of Directors. Distributions from the Dr. Robert A. Thomas Global Ministries Fund provide resources for the ongoing work of DOM/Global Ministries.
Gifts to the Dr. Robert A. Thomas Global Ministries Fund may be given online at https://donate.globalministries.org/onlinegiving or by check written to Division of Overseas Ministries and sent to:
P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Whether giving by check or online, please include the designation “Robert A. Thomas Fund” on the check memo line, in an accompanying note, or in the Project/Partner box if giving online.
Questions regarding the Dr. Robert A. Thomas Global Ministries Fund are welcome. Please contact the Global Ministries Resource Development Office at 317-713-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.