INFORMATION AND LINKS

CCSW Request for Renewal of Standing Form for Ordained Ministers: 2019 now available

All Ordained Ministers in the Christian Church in the Southwest, including retired clergy, should complete the Request for Renewal of Standing Form annually by December, so the forms can be reviewed and standing cards issued in February. You may use the online link - or contact the Regional office at 817-926-4687 or ccsw@ccsw.org for assistance.

The following documents are referenced in the Request for Renewal of Standing; if you need to review these documents, the links are provided for PDFs of each. 

  • Ministerial Code of Ethics of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): English, Spanish, Korean

  • CCSW Clergy Sexual Misconduct Policy, adopted Jan 2006: English or Spanish

  • Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): English, Spanish, French, Korean

If you know of any minister who needs to receive a copy through U.S. mail, have them call 817-926-4687 so we can mail them a copy or arrange to take their information over the phone. 

 

Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training

Listed below are locations offering Healthy Boundaries Training for 2018 and early 2019. To be certified for standing, the CCSW requires this course to be taken every five years by all clergy, commissioned and ordained, active or retired from a CCSW-approved provider. A retired-inactive minister may obtain a waiver to this requirement if: (1) there are health-related issues, or (2) a retired person who is not participating in any kind of ministerial functions. All requests for an exemption should be directed to Zena McAdams, Interim Regional Executive at zmcadams@ccsw.org or 817-926-4687.

In order to maintain standing in 2019, ministers need to check the status of their boundaries training with the regional office and, if needed, register for a course. Clergy who have not had boundaries training since December 31, 2012, must complete training by February 28, 2019, for renewal of standing next year.

CCSW approves the boundaries training program offered by our partners: Brite Divinity School, Hispanic Institute and the FaithTrust Institute.

2018-2019 Trainings: (Generally, any particular session may be cancelled if less than five register, so please call or register online.)

  • POSTPONED TO JAN 26: English: October 20 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at Bethany Christian Church in El Paso - online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • English: January 26 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at Bethany Christian Church in El Paso - online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • English: January 26 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at Monte Vista Christian Church in Albuquerque – online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • English: February 4 (Monday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at University Christian Church in Fort Worth – online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

As other trainings are scheduled, we will post them here, and list in the email news. Join the CCSW Mailing List to be sure you get the latest updates. 

Ministers, let us know of updates in phone, email, address or change of calling

The only way we can get news to you, is if you make sure we have your current contact information. If you have changed contact info since you completed your standing form, please use this link to give us your update. It comes right to our email (and a copy with our thanks goes back to you!), so we get your information right away!

Congregational Year Book Reports due annually (usually by March 15) - but tracking membership stats can be a year-round activity - report forms to be mailed by the end of January 2019

Annual Year Books reports need to be complete each year; this is part of the process of maintaining your congregation's exemption status through its affiliation with the General Church. You will need your year-end financial information to complete some of the questions (count on your treasurer or financial person to get the local operating receipts, local capital receipts and total outreach giving) and some statistical information about worship attendance and membership for other questions (this could be collected by volunteers in the congregation). It helps to track worship and education attendance throughout the year, so if you don't do that regularly, you might start now for next year's report! It generally takes a few people to gather all the information you need (financial and membership), so start now, then give it to the one person who can take a few minutes to log into the online report and submit it in late January or February before it gets forgotten. Here are the seven questions that have typically been asked on past reports about numbers in membership: total membership, participating members, baptisms, transfers added, average worship attendance, attendance in Christian education programs and Christian Women's Fellowship/Disciples Women's Ministries members.

Your Church PIN and Serial Number will be on the form you receive in late January so that you can log into the online form at disciples.org/yearbook/ to complete the report; contact the Regional office (at 817-926-4687 or ccsw@ccsw.org) or your Area office if the form doesn't reach the person who needs that information to get your PIN (this stays the same each year) and Serial Number (this changes each year). Contact the Southwest Region office at 817-926-4687 or ccsw@ccsw.org if you have questions or need assistance with this process, or if you need a PDF of the form emailed or a paper copy mailed to your congregation to use instead. Or, call in your answers to the 10 questions to the Regional Office in February. 

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

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Join the CCSW Mailing List: Receive regular Updates through the Southwest Region emails. View recent Updates here. Email the Southwest Region office at ccsw@ccsw.org with suggestions of news that should be shared in future issues.

Update November 26, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. David Brown

Update November 12, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Jonathan S. Park

Update November 12, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Mary Lindley

Update November 12, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Noma Wike

Update November 12, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Clyde Nichols

Update November 10, 2018 - Regional Assembly Recap

Update November 1, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Herb Miller

Update October 31, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Dr. Harold Dennis Edwards

Update October 23, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Lee Coleman Thomsen

Update October 23, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Donald Wirsdorfer Jr.

Update October 22, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Dr. Orval Holt

Update October 19, 2018 - Healthy Boundaries in El Paso Postponed, Regional Assembly Mailing

Update October 9, 2018 - Healthy Boundaries Training, Youth Fall Retreat and Other News

Update October 5, 2018 - Regional Assembly Business Items

Update September 27, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Wanda Teegarden

Update September 27, 2018 - Healthy Boundaries, Regional Assembly

Update September 25, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Larry B Stegall

Update September 5, 2018 - Memorial Service: Rev. Sidney Spain

Update September 2, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Yolanda Cisneros

Update August 31, 2018 - Retreat, Assembly, Tres Rios Area Gathering, Other News

Update August 20, 2018 - Tres Rios Area Events: Sep 7-8

Update August 18, 2018 - Regional Assembly Registration Available

Update August 15, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Yolanda Cisneros

Update August 13, 2018 - Trainings and Events

Update August 8, 2018 - Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries Info

Update August 7, 2018 - Regional Assembly Schedule

Update August 4, 2018 - Memorial Services: Gwen Hawley and Gail Ackall

Update August 2, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Dr. Claude Walker Service

 

HANDY LINKS (If you use these much, you've got the URL memorized; if you don't use them often, this saves you the time of searching.)

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) website with links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube 

Disciples News Service: a weekly publication of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - website or subscription link

Disciples Mission Fund website for Special Day offering materials or online reporting  

Pension Fund of the Christian Church website 

Annual Planning Guide and Calendar: online or purchase print or digital version

Lectionary: online, print PDF or purchase download

Online Store for Ministerial Code of Ethics (Frameable in English, Spanish, French or Korean), Congregational Code of Ethics and other items: online

 

REFERENCE MATERIALS ("Those Things You've Seen Before But Not Sure Where!")

Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest

CCSW Clergy Sexual Misconduct Prevention Policy, adopted Jan 2006: online

CCSW Educational Program for the Commissioned Ministry, adopted Feb 2013: online

 

Search and Call Downloadable Resources in Spanish, English, French and Korean: online

 

If you have suggestions of other handy links or information, email your recommendations to ccsw@ccsw.org and we'll see if we can include them.