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 theRequest for Renewal of Standing Form annually by December, so the forms can be reviewed and standing cards issued by the end of February. You may use the online link - or contact the Regional office at 817-926-4687 or email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Spanish: November 2 (Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at Central Christian Church in Austin – online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687
English: November 2 (Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at Central Christian Church in Austin – 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 (March 15, 2018) - but tracking membership stats can be a year-round activity - report forms to be mailed by the end of January 2018
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 email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com with suggestions of news that should be shared in future issues.
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!")
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can include them.