Ordained Clergy


CCSW Request for Renewal of Standing Form for Ordained Ministers: 2019 now available

All Ordained Ministers in the Christian Church in the Southwest, including retired clergy, should complete the Request for Renewal of Standing Form annually by December, so the forms can be reviewed and standing cards issued in February. You may use the online link - or contact the Regional office at 817-926-4687 or ccsw@ccsw.org 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 zmcadams@ccsw.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.

Upcoming Trainings: Please go to the Regional Events Page for more information



Information regarding the ordination process overseen by the Southwest Regional Committee on Ministry (RCOM) is available through these links on this page. Email the Regional Committee on Ministry Chair at rcom@ccsw.org for further information or call the Southwest Regional office at 817-926-4687.

The Regional Committee on Ministry meets three times a year. Documentation is due 60 days prior to the meeting in order to be considered for a possible interview appointment. Upcoming meetings:

  • Monday-Wednesday, January 14-16, 2019 (documentation due November 14)

  • Monday-Wednesday, April 29-May 1, 2019 (documentation due March 1)

  • Monday-Wednesday, September 16-18, 2019 (documentation due July 16)

Steps in the Ordination Process: document - this document provides information about the various interviews during the ordination process and the preparation for those interviews

Steps in the Process for Recognition of Ordination and Transfer of Standing/Pasos en el proceso para el reconocimiento de la ordenación y la transferencia de la posición: document in English/documento en Español - this document provides information about the various interviews and preparation for those interviews/este documento proporciona información sobre las diversas entrevistas y preparación para esas entrevistas

Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): document available in four languages

My Ministerial Code of Ethics: certificate available in English

Forms to Enter the Ordination Process

Sharing the Journey: A Guide for Congregations with Candidates for Ordination - After the initial interview, request booklets from the Southwest Region office at ccsw@ccsw.org or 817-926-4687 if you did not receive them at the interview. Addendum to update wording in the booklet, if you already have copies, is available here

Psychological Assessment: Candidates accepted into the ordination process will be required, after the initial interview and before the intermediate interview, to take a Standard Clergy Candidacy Inventory through the Pastoral Counseling Center in Dallas, Texas. Cost is recommended to be shared by the sponsoring congregation, candidate and Southwest Region, with payment coordinated through the Southwest Region office. After each session of RCOM, the Southwest Region will provide the Pastoral Counseling Center a list of those candidates who are to complete the Standard Clergy Candidacy Inventory. It is up to the candidate to schedule an appointment and complete this process before the next interview can be scheduled. Contact the Southwest Region office for contact information for the Pastoral Counseling Center.

Materials for Ordination Interview: Forms J and I