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 now, so the forms can be reviewed and standing cards issued by early 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 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
In order to maintain standing, all clergy, ordained or commissioned (including retired) must receive Healthy Boundaries Training from a CCSW-approved provider every five (5) years. Clergy who have not had boundaries training since December 31, 2011, must complete training by February 28, 2018 for renewal of standing this year.
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.
February 10 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - Healthy Boundaries at First Christian Church in Tyler - online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687
February 24 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - Healthy Boundaries Training at Central Christian Church in San Antonio - 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions of news that should be shared in future issues.
Update April 13, 2018 - Save the Date! Regional Assembly 2018
Update March 14, 2018 - Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Update March 6, 2018 - Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Update February 21, 2018 - General Assembly Worship Coordinator Announcement
Update February 19, 2018 - Regional Minister's Consecration Service, Disciples Men Work Project and More
Update February 12, 2018 - Invitation to Regional Minister's Consecration Service on March 4, 2018
Update January 31, 2018 - For Clergy
Update January 31, 2018 - For Clergy, Office Staff and Laity
Update January 19, 2018 - Interim Regional Connection Minister Positions
Update January 8, 2018 - Healthy Boundaries Training
Review Advent 2017 Reflections
Update December 11, 2017 - CCSW Update: Healthy Boundaries and Other Reminders
Update December 4, 2017 - CCSW Update: Online Town Hall, December 5 at 12 noon CST - link to recording of Online Town Hall for viewing
Update November 25, 2017 - CCSW Update: Sign Up for 2017 Advent Devotionals
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 email@example.com)
Update Feb 27, 2017 - CCSW Regional Conversation Recap (request copy from firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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 email@example.com and we'll see if we can include them.