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 firstname.lastname@example.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
C - Introductory Memo (to be completed by Area Minister, Interim Regional Connection Minister or Regional Minister)
FOR POTENTIAL APPRENTICE TRACK CANDIDATES: E - Apprentice Track Guidelines and Additional Data Form
Sharing the Journey: A Guide for Congregations with Candidates for Ordination - After the initial interview, request booklets from the Southwest Region office at email@example.com 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