INFORMATION AND LINKS

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

2017 Request for Renewal of Standing Form for Ordained Ministers - past due, but please complete anyway: Online or PDF in English to complete and email back or print out and mail. (PDF in Spanish should be posted soon.)

ALL Ordained Ministers, including Retired Clergy, in the Christian Church in the Southwest should completed the Request for Renewal of Standing Form before January 1, 2017, for information to be reported to the Regional Committee on Ministry at their January meeting and submitted for inclusion in the 2017 Year Book. Late submissions will be accepted but may result in delay of receiving confirmation of standing for 2017 or may result in not being included in the Year Book. For those who need a copy mailed to you, call 817-926-4687 to request a copy. Initial each page as you complete the page 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:

  • July 27 (Thurs, 1-4 pm) and 28 (Fri, 11 am-2 pm) - Healthy Boundaries Training, Crowne Plaza near NRG Stadium, Houston (both sessions required)

  • 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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We give thanks to those who provide leadership to the Southwest Region!

This list includes the newly elected officers of the Region as of October and the recently elected leaders of the Disciples Men, Disciples Women's Ministries and Regional Youth Ministry Council as of this summer and Area Moderators, many of whom were elected in the spring. 

REGIONAL COUNCIL
of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest

Officers (voting) and Executive Committee:

Zena McAdams (Clergy), Interim Regional Minister and President

Jeff Billings (First CC, Tyler TX, Laity), Moderator

Whitney Waller-Cole (Creekwood CC, Flower Mound TX, Clergy)Moderator Elect

Brian Gibson (University CC, Fort Worth TX, Laity), Treasurer

Megan Peglar (Ridglea CC, Fort Worth TX, Clergy), Secretary

 Members Elected/Appointed from Areas (voting)                                                                                            

Jimmy Cobb (University CC, Austin TX, Clergy), Bluebonnet Area Moderator

Mike Hunter (First CC, Midland TX, Clergy), Central Area Moderator                                                       

Andy Brink (First CC, Pasadena TX, Laity), Coastal Plains Area Moderator

Dick Snyder (First CC, Amarillo TX, Laity), Hi-Plains Area Moderator                                                      

 (Vacant position), Lower Rio Grande Valley District Representative                                                      

Mark Phillips (Creekwood CC, Flower Mound TX, Laity), North Texas Area Moderator

John Cunningham (Central CC, Texarkana TX, Laity), Northeast Area Moderator

Bob Aubrey (Monte Vista CC, Albuquerque NM, Clergy), Tres Rios Area Representative

Kyle Dennis (WestWind CC, Keller TX, Clergy), Trinity-Brazos Area Moderator                                  

 Representatives from Constituency Groups (voting)                                                                                      

Nelson Torres (Central CC, San Antonio TX, Clergy), Disciples Men                                                                   

Tasha York (Park Place CC, Wichita Falls TX, Laity), Disciples Women's Ministries                            

Heather Reed (First CC, Amarillo TX, Clergy), Regional Youth Ministry Council                                   

Will Moore (Garden Grove CC, Houston TX, Clergy), Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship

Serbando Peralez (IC Emmanuel, San Benito TX, clergy), Southwest Hispnic Convention              

 Chair of Standing Committee (voting)                                                                                                                       

Dottie Cook (South Hills CC, Fort Worth TX, Clergy), Regional Committee on the Ministry             

 Member of General Board Elected by Regional Assembly (voting):                                                       

      Rev. Dr. Judith Allen Dalton (First CC, Pasadena TX, Clergy)

 Representative of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ (voting):     

(Vacant position)

 Other Members of Regional Staff, ex-officio (without vote)

Nathan Higginbotham (Cypress Creek CC, Spring TX, Laity), CCSW Disciples Men Director          

(Vacant position), Bluebonnet Area Minister/Lower Rio Grand Valley District Minister                

Peggy Edge (Clergy), Coastal Plains Area Minister                                                                                              

Charlotte Hoppe (Clergy), Mission West (Central, Hi-Plains and Tres Rios Areas) Lead Minister               

Rev. Dr. Larry Ross (Clergy), North Texas Area Minister                                                                                

Christy Drechsel (Clergy)/Alicia Harker (Clergy), Trinity-Brazos Area Ministers                          

Representatives from Member Institutions (without vote)                                                                         

Texas Christian UniversityRev. Angela Kaufman (TCU, Fort Worth TX, Clergy)

Brite Divinity School, D. Newell Williams (University CC, Fort Worth TX, Clergy)                             

Jarvis Christian College, Cherisna Jean-Marie (Jarvis Christian Church, Hawkins TX, Clergy)

Fowler CommunitiesSabrina R. Porter (Juliette Fowler Communities, Dallas TX, President/CEO)          

Inman Christian Center, Linda Garcia (Hill Country CC, Spring Branch TX, Laity)                                                                                           

Southwest Good Samaritan MinistriesHector Velazquez (Iglesia Cristiana El Redentor, Houston TX, Clergy) or F. Feliberto Pereira (Iglesia Cristiana Ebenezer, Los Fresnos TX, Clergy)

Mission West, Sterling Lentz (First CC, Brownwood TX, Clergy)

Contact information for the members of the Regional Council is available upon request by contacting the Regional office. 

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KEEPING IN TOUCH

Like and/or follow the Southwest Region Facebook page

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 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. Volunteers also needed to assist with general office and computer work. Contact Bonnie Schuler, Office Manager, at 817-926-4687 or ccsw@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.