By D. Duane Cummins
Fiers served as govt secretary of the foreign conference of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), president of the United Christian Missionary Society, administrative secretary of the fee on Restructure, and was once the 1st basic minister and president of the church.
Restructure used to be the method through which hundreds of thousands of scattered Disciples congregations grew to become an expression of 1 Church. This Nineteen Sixties improvement towers over the panorama of Disciples historical past like a superb mountain variety, and Fiers looms over the period as its valuable figure.
In this biography, commissioned via the Disciples of Christ historic Society, D. Duane Cummins crafts an image of a awesome church chief and chronicles the way in which an important non secular physique handled the ambivalences of its personal lifestyles, how missionary paintings constructed into much less paternalistic relationships, how a church struggled among makes an attempt to minister at the neighborhood scene and during the world.
Fiers lived in Florida and remained energetic in Disciples affairs until eventually his dying at age ninety-six in 2003.
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10 He was also an elder and charter member of the new Christian Church established at West Palm Beach in 1914. O. J. Bulfin and Leah Fiers were co-ministers, the former retired and the latter a volunteer. In its first year the little congregation reported a membership of sixteen to 22 DA L E F I E R S : T WE N T I ET H CE N T U RY D I S CI P L E the yearbook. It met for a time in the Odd Fellows Hall on Dixie Highway but soon purchased a $1,500 lot on the corner of Lakeview and Olive streets. George drew up plans for “a little brown church,” organized all the men of the congregation, and purchased the lumber and supplies.
Overcoming the shyness would require many years. During his high school years a decade later, Dale recalled even then the “absolute torture” of verbal recitations in his English class. Every Sunday and religious holiday the Fiers family unfailingly attended the Christian Church. Leah taught in the church school, led B i ble studies, and occasionally preached. George remodeled the church in 1 9 08–1909. Aside from the county fair, the church socials provided most of the socialization for the family.
The needs of those in stress and joy will come to you . . Respond with helpfulness. 37 C H I LD H O O D TO M A R R I AG E : 1 9 0 6 – 1 9 3 1 45 President Cloyd Goodnight followed with the ordination prayer. The commencement address was delivered by Myers Y. Cooper, governor of Ohio and a leading Disciples layman. Reverend William H. Two years later he would officiate at Dale’s wedding. Dale had accepted the call as pastor of Shadyside (Ohio) Christian C h u rch and was to begin his ministry following graduation.
Dale Fiers: Twentieth Century Disciple by D. Duane Cummins