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 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 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:

  • English: September 8 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at First Christian Church in Pasadena – online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • English: September 17 (Monday) - at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth – online registration or call 817-257-7582 or email

  • English: September 29 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at Northway Christian Church in Dallas – online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • English: September 29 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at First Christian Church in Midland – online registration or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • English: October 13 (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at First Christian Church in Canyon – 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: February 4 (Monday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at University Christian Church in Fort Worth – online registration (link coming soon) or call the Regional office at 817-926-4687

  • English: [date to be determined] (Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm) - at El Paso-Las Cruces vicinity – online registration (link coming soon) 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. 

List of Events as of 2/6/2018

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 to complete the report; contact the Regional office (at 817-926-4687 or 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 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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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

Update July 30, 2018 - Grant Opportunity

Update July 27, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Rev. Dr. Claude Walker

Update July 27, 2018 - Regional Assembly Hotels, Brite Position Opening, Disciples Men's Retreat

Update July 12, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Betty Martin

Update July 10, 2018 - Trainings, Events and Information

Update June 29, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Nancy Stevenson Bickers

Update June 21, 2018 - Interim Regional Connection Minister Called

Update June 20, 2018 - Immigrant Crisis: what we can do

Update June 13, 2018 - Trainings, Events and Information

Update June 1, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Ray Clark

Update June 1, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Caroline Herbert

Update May 25, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Bobby Ray Lindley

Update May 21, 2018 - Town Hall, News and Events

Update May 8, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Shirley Baird

Update May 4, 2018 - Online Town Hall Meetings: Restructure of Southwest Region

Update April 27, 2018 - Register Now for Men, Women and Youth Events

Update April 25, 2018 - Prayer Concern: Robert Gartman

Update April 23, 2018 - News and Events

Update April 23, 2018 - Obra Hispana, Biennial Hispanic and Bilingual Assembly, July 12-14, Tempe Arizona

Update April 23, 2018 - The 25th Biennial Session of the National Convocation

Update April 23, 2018 - NAPAD, Biennial Convocation, August 8-11

Update April 23, 2018 - Rev. Kim Fields-Haley, New Mexico and El Paso Interim Connection Minister 

Update April 18, 2018 -  Position Announcement for West Texas

Update April 13, 2018 - Prayer Concern

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

Update Feb 27, 2017 - CCSW Regional Conversation Recap (request copy from

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!")

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

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 and we'll see if we can include them.