INFORMATION AND LINKS

CCSW Request for Renewal of Standing Form for Ordained Ministers: 2018 now available

All Ordained Ministers in the Christian Church in the Southwest, including retired clergy, should complete the 2018 Request for Renewal of Standing Form before December 31, 2017, so the forms can be reviewed and standing cards issued by early February. You may use the online link or complete the fillable PDF. (In case the fillable PDF doesn't open properly with your computer, try this standard PDF version or contact the Regional office at 817-926-4687 or ccsw@ccsw.org to have a paper copy mailed to you.) For the PDF or paper version, we suggest that you initial each page as you complete it so that you remember to go back to complete sections skipped.

The following two documents are referenced in the Request for 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. 

 

Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training

In order to maintain standing, all clergy, ordained or commissioned (including retired) must receive Boundaries Training from a CCSW-approved provider every five (5) years. Clergy who have not had boundaries training since December 31, 2010, must complete training by June 30, 2017.

CCSW approves the boundaries training program offered by our partners: Brite Divinity School, the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ, Hispanic Institute and the FaithTrust Institute.

Upcoming Trainings:

  • November 4 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - Healthy Boundaries Training at West Mesa Christian Church, 8821 Golf Course Road NW, Albuquerque - register by October 27 - registration link (preferred) or use PDF registration to complete and send with check

  • December 2 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - Healthy Boundaries Training at Riverside Disciples Ministry Center in Fort Worth - register online or call Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • January 20 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - Healthy Boundaries Training at First Christian Church in Carrollton - online registration or call Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • February 5 (Monday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - Healthy Boundaries Training at University Christian Church in Fort Worth - online registration or call Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • As other trainings are scheduled, we will post them here, and list in the email news. 

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 by end of February - but tracking membership stats can be a year-round activity

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.

The Southwest Region will mail a postcard in late January with your Church PIN and Serial Number 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 postcard 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 9, 2017 - CCSW Update: CCSW Restructure Update/Actualización sobre Reestructuración de CCSW

Update November 6, 2017 - CCSW Update: Interim Regional Connection Minister Called

Update October 27, 2017 - CCSW Update: Awakenings and Healthy Boundaries Trainings

Update October 6, 2017 - CCSW Update: Transitions and Opportunities

Update September 25, 2017 - CCSW Update: Hurricane Harvey Recovery Update

Update September 15, 2017 - CCSW Update: FAQs on CCSW Restructure (Update) / Preguntas frecuentes de la Reestructuración (Actualizar)

Update September 2, 2017 - CCSW Update: Disciples Men's Retreat, Safe and Healthy Churches Training

Update September 1, 2017 - CCSW Update: Online Worship Learning

Update September 1, 2017 - CCSW Update: Hurricane Assistance - Update from Week of Compassion

Update August 31, 2017 - CCSW Update: Hurricane Assistance - Even More Details

Update August 30, 2017 - CCSW Update: Hurricane Assistance - More Details

Update August 29, 2017 - CCSW Update: Hurricane Assistance Suggestions - Details

Update August 28, 2017 - CCSW Update: Hurricane Assistance Suggestions

Update August 25, 2017 - CCSW Update: Online Worship Learning 

Update August 24, 2017 - CCSW Update: Hurricane Reporting

Update August 21, 2017 - CCSW Comité de Búsqueda para Ministro Regional Informe actualizado a la Region 

Update August 21, 2017 - CCSW Announcement from Search Committee

Update August 17, 2017 - CCSW Update: Summer Recap, Men's Retreat Registration, Trainings and Other Info

Update August 11, 2017 - CCSW Update: Regional Minister Search Committee Update

Update August 10, 2017 - CCSW Update: FAQs on CCSW Restructure / Preguntas frecuentes de la Reestructuración

Update July 28, 2017 - CCSW Update: Healthy Boundary Training at Brite: Aug 25

Update July 17, 2017 - CCSW Update: TIME SENSITIVE: Important Health Insurance Information from the Pension Fund

Update July 6, 2017 - CCSW Update: General Assembly and Other Events and Info

Update Jun 28, 2017 - CCSW Update: Restructure Video

Update Jun 22, 2017 - CCSW Update: Multiple Position Descriptions, TCMF, Men's Retreat

Update Jun 12, 2017 - CCSW Update: Restructure Communication

Update May 10, 2017 - CCSW Update: CCSW Statement on Restructure

Update Apr 7, 2017 - CCSW Update: Regional Restructure Update - and more info!

Update Mar 30, 2017 - CCSW Update: Disciple Oaks Internships and more

Update Mar 15, 2017 - CCSW Update (request copy from ccsw@ccsw.org)

Update Feb 27, 2017 - CCSW Regional Conversation Recap (request copy from ccsw@ccsw.org)

Update Feb 17, 2017 - TBA Accepting Area Minister Applications and Lots More Info

Update Jan 27, 2017 - Year Book Report Information

Update Jan 25, 2017 - Reminder: Interim Regional Minister Search

Update Jan 17, 2017 - Interim Regional Minister Search

Update Jan 6, 2017 - Celebration of Coretha's Service to Southwest Region 

Update Dec 14, 2016 - Interim Regional Minister & President News

Update Dec 8, 2016 - Christmas Offering

Update Nov 21, 2016 - Christmas offering video and bulletin insert

Update Nov 16, 2016 - Christmas Offering supports the Southwest Region

Update Nov 14, 2016 - Regional Assembly Recap, Ordained Minister Renewal of Standing

Update: Nov 3, 2016 - Solicitamos Oración! Prayer Request!

Update: Oct 28, 2016 - Breaking the Barrier: A Conversation on Racism in America 

Update: Oct 24, 2016 - Grant Possibilities for Continuing Education

Update: Oct 21, 2016 - Regional Assembly: Mission First!

Update: Oct 13, 2016 - Regional Assembly: reduced fee for youth and children

Update: Sep 15, 2016 - Last Date for Lower Rate

Update: Aug 31, 2016 - Regional Assembly Update - Youth Rate Reduced

Update: Aug 11, 2016 - Regional Assembly Registration 

Update: July 25, 2016 - Healthy Boundaries Training, Men's Retreat Registration, Women's Assembly Highlights

Update: Jul 5, 2016 - Regional Minister Search Committee Needs Input: 8 Questions

Update: Jun 3, 2016 - Women's Assembly, Men's Retreat, Regional Assembly

Update: May 13, 2016 - Montgomery Fund, Women's Asembly, Regional Assembly

Update: Feb 18, 2016 - Trinity-Brazos Area Calls Area Ministers

Update: Feb 1, 2016 - Regional Council Approves Grants, Appoints Search Committee

Update: Jan 6, 2016 - Disciples Crossing Director of Programming Opening

Update: Jan 5, 2016 - New Model of Area Ministry: Positions Open in Trinity-Brazos Area

Update: Dec 15, 2015 - New Model of Area Ministry: Positions Open

Update: Dec 1, 2015 - Christmas Offering

Update: Nov 28, 2015 - A Time of Anticipation

Update: Nov 1, 2015 - Giving Thanks!

Update: Oct 1, 2015 - Work of the Regional Committee on Ministry

Update: Sep 1, 2015 - Notes from the Moderator

Update: Aug 24, 2015 - Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Update: Jul 22, 2015 - Community Minister Position

Update: Jul 2, 2015 - Transition Team

Update: Jun 26, 2015 - TCMF Assembly, Men's Retreat, CYLS Update

Update: May 22, 2015 - Assembly, Retreat, Seminar Info

Update: Jan 15, 2015 - Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training

Update: Dec 29, 2014 - A Retreat for Preachers and Other Reminders

News: Dec 10, 2014 - Memorial Service for Marcus Bryant

Update: Dec 8, 2014 - Standing Forms and Congregational Reports

Update: Oct 17, 2014 - Regional Assembly: Choir Info and More Reminders

Update: Sep 30, 2014 - Regional Assembly: Get Your Hotel Booked by Oct 3!

News: Sep 22, 2014 - Memorial Service: Oran Nabors

Update: Sep 21, 2014 - Mission Opportunities, RYMC, CYLS 

Update Sep 9, 2014 - Regional Assembly Hotel/Housing Info

Update Aug 26, 2014 - Regional Assembly Registration Info

Update Aug 19, 2014 - Regional Assembly Schedule and Costs

Update: Aug 9, 2014 - Regional Assembly Delegate Information, Workshops

Update: Jul 3, 2014 - Regional Assembly Costs, Immigration Updates

Update: Jun 24, 2014 - Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries

Update: Jun 17, 2014 - Southwest Region: Ordinations in January to June 2014

Update: Jun 10, 2014 - Regional Assembly: Preliminary Information

News: May 14, 2014: - CYLS Forms Available

News: May 6, 2014 - Disciples Women Election Results

Update: Apr 14, 2014 - Hailstorms, Mission West

 Update: Apr 2, 2014 - A New Season for CCSW: Collaborative Ventures Underway

Update: Nov 18, 2013 - Regional Office moved to Bonnie Brae Avenue in Fort Worth

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE (paid or volunteer)

Disciples Home Missions: Current Positions

Riverside Disciples Ministry Center in Fort Worth (home of Southwest Region office and Trinity-Brazos Area office): volunteers needed to help with general maintenance and "sprucing up" the building, including supervision of youth groups who volunteer to help. Contact Nathaniel Cook, Office Manager, at 817-831-4442 or tba@ccsw.org for more information. 

 

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!")

Commissioned Minister Process: CCSW Application Process

Commissioned Minister Documentation: Application and Forms

 

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.