In 1969 the International Convention of Christian Churches adopted "Principles for Merger of the National Christian Missionary Convention and the International Convention of Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ)" that formalized this 26 years of visioning and strategy. The opening paragraphs of the resolution state the strategy as well:
"Under the ONE God, the ONE Church has ONE mission in the world; the merger of the National Christian Missionary Convention and the International Convention of Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) must be under the disciplines of the ONE God, in ONE Church, and stand united in ONE mission in the world.
"The total responsibility and witness of the Church, including the concerns outlined by the Committee on Program and Structure of the National Christian Missionary Convention in its report on "Design for Renewal and Growth" is the object of the proposed merger of the National Christian Missionary Convention and the International Convention.
"The agreements of 1960 between the National Christian Missionary Convention and the United Christian Missionary Society dealing with such areas of common concern as staff employment, the relationship of the Executive Secretary of the National Christian Missionary Convention, employment procedures, Staff Committee on Negro Work, Commission on Inter-Racial Relationships, etc., were recognized and approved as being, in principle, equitable and acceptable to all regarding program services for the total Church."
The National Convocation was called into being as a result of the adoption and implementation of these principles and stated its purpose in its "Articles of Operation" as follows:
" ... to provide an instrumentality within the structure of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a forum for the discussion of pertinent issues related to black church life in the context of total church life; for fellowship, program promotion, leadership training and such other general purposes as shall support and strengthen the congregations involved in the total mission of the church."
1830 -- Beginning of the African American Convention movement in "free" states
1865 -- Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation
1867 - 1910 -- Organizing of African American Disciple Conventions
1890 -- Preston Taylor hired as National Evangelist by ACMS
1914 -- Rosa Brown hired as Field Worker for women by CWBM; P.H. Moss hired as Church School and Young Peoples Worker by ACMS
1917 -- NCMC organized and approved as an auxiliary of the International Convention
1935 -- R. H. Peoples hired as National Field Worker by UCMS
1943 -- R. H. Peoples' call for merger of NCMC and International Convention
1945 -- Emmett Dickson hired as Executive Secretary of NCMC
1947 -- Lorenzo Evans hired as Director of Christian Education by NCMC
1949 -- Charles Webb, Sr. hired as Director of Field Work and Evangelism by NCMC
1960 -- Merger of staff and services of NCMC with UCMS
1969 -- Merger of NCMC with International Convention