The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest! CCSW is 391 congregations across all of New Mexico, Texas, the panhandle of Oklahoma and one congregation in Liberal, Kansas, seeking to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the incredible mission fields where God has placed us. We are part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an American-born mainline church organization that places its core value in belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We live that out by celebrating together regularly around the Lord's Table to share bread and cup - welcoming all to share with us
Excellence in Ministry Pilot Program
Pastors in the Southwest Region with less than five years’ ministerial experience are invited to apply for the Excellence in Ministry (EiM) pilot program. Sponsored by Pension Fund of the Christian Church, this program is designed to equip early-career pastors with the tools they need to improve financial literacy and alleviate the financial stress that inhibits effective pastoral leadership. As part of this program, Pension Fund is offering a select group of early career pastors financial relief grants totaling $4,000.
These grants can be used to:
• Pay off existing debt;
• Establish an emergency fund;
• Contribute to a retirement account.
To be considered for this grant, you must submit an application to Pension Fund by August 19, 2016.
As part of this program, those receiving a grant will be required to participate in the Financial Literacy Academy, (see article below) sponsored by Pension Fund. These sessions will occur on October 21-22, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. Attendance at all events is required for grant recipients. To learn how to apply, visit: http://www.pensionfund.org/how-to-apply-grants
Financial Literacy Academy
October 21-22 at Brite Divinity School & University Christian Church, Fort Worth
for Pastors, Spouses, Board Chairs/Moderators, Treasurers
This program is offered as part of the Excellence in Ministry pilot project (see article above), but also open to a limited number of other local ministers (regardless of their years of experience) and their congregations.
For Pastors and Spouses (Friday):
"Personal Financial Identity: Unpacking our Meanings of Money and the Origins of our Financial Narrative"
"Budgeting, Borrowing, Saving and Giving: Practical Wisdom for Clergy Households"
"Clergy Tax and Insurance Considerations"
"Building Blocks of Future Planning and Retirement"
For Pastors, Board Chairs & Treasurers (Saturday):
"Best Practices in Financial Management: Tips for Balancing the Budget and Practicing Accountability"
"Resourcing Your Congregation's Mission: Strategies for Increasing Church Income"
"The Congregation as Employer: Compensation and Benefits for Churches"
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A call for disciples in this time of violence
Please continue in prayer for all the tragedies occurring around our country. After having a meaningful conversation with our sisters and brothers at the Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship Annual Assembly in Arlington, Texas, about the need for honest dialogue about race, I heard the heartbreaking news of the shootings in Dallas tonight. Larry Ross, North Texas Area Minister, and I will be with TCMF in the morning to share our grief and to simply have conversation. Prayers especially for our sisters and brothers, including youth and children, that are meeting here in the Metroplex, and for helpful, healing conversation and hopefully steps we can take together into the future as one church. Peace.
- Coretha Loughridge, Interim Regional Minister & President
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest
July 8, 2016
Regional Minister Search Committee: Update July 5, 2016
Sharon Watkin, General Minister & President, Video in Response to Orlando
Southwest Regional Assembly 2016
October 29-30, 2016, at Northway Christian Church in Dallas
Keynote Speaker: Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Brite Divinity School
Details and updates at ccsw.org/ra2016
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Now What? A symposium on repurposing…
our buildings, our outreach, our stewardship, our leadership
Church Extension and the Presbyterian Church (USA) will present a seminar
on repurposing of church buildings. "Buildings for a New Tomorrow" will be
held Friday, October 28, from 9 am to 4 pm.
Registration information will be available at www.disciplescef.org in mid-July.
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CCSW Annual Fund: become a donor to the CCSW Annual Fund. Your contribution goes directly to support the ministry Disciples share from the Red River to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and from Albuquerque to the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Resources for Conversations around Race and Systemic Injustice
11/26/2014 Emotions are raw in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision involving the death of Michael Brown. People feel unheard, threatened and confused.
As we seek to be a movement for wholeness in a broken and fragmented world, our call is to open our churches as places of dialogue and action. Our challenge is to open our hearts to a difficult conversation around race and systemic injustice.
To assist your congregation in this conversation, resources have been assembled. Click here for additional links to resources and statements from Reconciliation Ministries, National Convocation, our General Minister and President, the National Council of Churches, Churches Uniting in Christ, and others.
Cherilyn Williams, APR
Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Office of the General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada
Cell 253.683.1883 | Voice mailbox 317.713.2496
PO Box 1986 | Indianapolis, IN46206
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We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one Body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.
– Disciples Identity Statement
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Christian Church in the Southwest ....in worship, in work, in fellowship, in joy...God calls us to the future!
Special Offerings for 2016: link
Week of Compassion Special Offering
February 21 to 28
Easter Special Offering for Disciples Mission Fund
March 20 to 27
Pentecost Special Offering for New Church Ministries
May 8 to 15
Reconciliation Special Offering
September 25 to October 2
Thanksgiving Special Offering for Higher Education
November 13 to 20
Christmas Special Offering for the Region
December 18 to 25
Links to additional materials will be posted when resources become available. Check this page for updates.
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