Ordination Process

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, April 24-26, 2017 (documentation due February 18) 

  • Monday-Wednesday, September 18-20, 2017 (documentation due July 19)

  • Monday-Wednesday, January 22-24, 2018 (documentation due November 22)

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: document - this document provides information about the various interviews and preparation for those interviews

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: document available in English (7 pages)

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