Regional Assembly 2018

Updates on the CCSW Regional Assembly 2018

Registration for Regional Assembly here: online or by PDF.

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SELECT YOUR DELEGATES! 

CCSW Regional Assembly

Friday-Saturday, November 2-3, 2018

Central Christian Church, Austin, Texas

The biennial Regional Assembly of the Christian Church in the Southwest will be hosted by Central Christian Church in Austin, Texas, on the weekend of November 2-3, 2018. We encourage all congregations to make plans to be represented at this event for educational opportunities and to be a part of making decisions about the restructure of the Southwest Region. 

Each member congregation shall be entitled to two voting delegates at the business session on Saturday afternoon. Each congregation of more than 100 participating members shall be entitled to one additional voting delegate for each additional one hundred participating members or major fraction thereof. These voting delegates shall be in addition to persons holding the office of ordained or commissioned minister. Ordained and commissioned ministers residing in the region who have ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shall be voting delegates. 

Two Healthy Boundaries for Clergy training courses will be offered on Friday, November 2, from 9 am to 4 pm, with one presented in English and one presented in Spanish. Harvesting Hope, a workshop for clergy and laity (will meet continuing education requirements for commissioned ministers) will also be presented on Friday, November 2, from 9 am to 4 pm. Saturday's schedule will include a selection of workshops for both laity and clergy, as well the Southwest Region business meeting.

Note: a University of Texas home football game is also scheduled for that Saturday, so expect other traffic in the city for the weekend.

 

 

Regional Assembly Schedule

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2

8:30 am (3 options)

Option 1: Healthy Boundaries 201: English
Facilitator:  Rev. Christy Drechsel, Trinity-Brazos Area Minister of Nurture
Fee: $50.00 includes workbooks and lunch

Option 2: Healthy Boundaries 201: Spanish
Facilitator:  Rev. Evangelina Perez
Fee:  $50.00 includes workbooks and lunch

Option 3: Harvesting Hope – Matthew 9:38 (Evangelism Workshop) 
(Continuing Education Course for Commissioned Ministry; Ordained Clergy and Laity are welcome to register as well)
Facilitator:  Dr. Dawn Darwin Weaks, Pastor, Connection Christian Church, Odessa, Texas
Fee:  $35.00 includes lunch and costs for course. 

This Continuing Education course will include a presentation by the facilitator along with several churches from the region sharing their harvest from their evangelism endeavors.  According to Dr. Weaks, this is NOT “Come do what these churches are doing, and you will have success,” but “Here are narratives of where churches have planted seeds and what they have harvested.”  The central question posed will be:  Where are you planting gospel seeds?

 

12:00 pm

Box lunches for all participants in classes.

 

Classes resume

 

4:00-6:45 pm

Assembly registration opens

 

Dinner on your own!

 

7:00-8:30 pm

Worship – Preacher: Rev. Feliberto Pereira, Founder and Executive Director, Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries 

 

8:30 pm

FIESTA reception – a time for gathering and celebrating life as the CCSW!

 

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3
 

8:30 am

Check in
 
9:00-9:45 am

Workshops
 
10:00-10:45 am

Workshops
 
11:00-11:45 am

Workshops
 
12:00 pm

Catered Barbeque Lunch   

 

1:15 pm 

Business Meeting

 

4:00-5:00 pm

Closing Worship – Preacher: Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, Associate Director, Week of Compassion

 

Lodging Options

Due to the University of Texas home football game, the hotels in the downtown area are likely to be expensive and difficult to secure rooms. So, we have rooms reserved at the following hotels just a few miles north of the location of Central Christian Church. Hotel blocks are saved under Christian Church in the Southwest and/or Regional Assembly at Central Christian Church. Each of the hotels have assured us that if people use some combination of those words then they will know to charge the correct rate.
 
Embassy Suites (512-372-8771)
9505 Stonelake Blvd Austin 78759 (10 miles north of church)
Single Room - $155 plus tax and fees
Double Room - $165 plus tax and fees
 
DoubleTree - Austin Northwest Arboretum (512-343-0888)
8901 Business Park Drive Austin 78759 (10 miles north of church)
Single Room - $159 plus tax and fees
 
Embassy Suites (512-454-8004)
5901 North IH35 Austin 78723 (4.9 miles north of church)
Single Room - $169 plus tax and fees
 
Hampton Inn (512-452-3300)
IH 35 & 183 (5.1 miles north of church)
Single Room - $129 plus tax and fees
Double Bed Room - $129 plus tax and fees


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Saturday, November 3, 9:00-9:45 am

A. Philosophy of Mission (Mission) – Mary Lu Johnston and Allison Lanza. Considering practical ways to be helpful, effective, and respectful while engaging in outreach and mission.

B. You Are Here: Gospel and Growth in Context) (Church Growth) – Whitney Waller-Cole, Katie Hays, and Russ Peterman. A panel of ministers from churches that are doing effective evangelism in contexts that are similar in some ways and very different in others (limited vs. less-limited resources/staff; varying sizes; traditional vs. non-traditional worship).

C. ACT NOW—Next Steps. (Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism) In April 2018, the National Council of Churches launched an initiative aimed at reducing racism in church and society. Three CCSW ministers, Rev. Myron Goins, Rev. Dr. LaVerne Reed, and Rev. Dr. Andy Mangum, participated in the launch and will present steps congregations and the region can take (ACT – Awaken, Confront, Transform) to end racism.

D. Be REAL: How to Recognize, Empower, and Affirm Leaders (Leadership) Jeff Billings and Kim Fields-Haley. A time to share ideas about how to show gratitude to lift leaders in congregations.

E. Helping Youth Make the Next Step (Young Adults) Amelia Fulbright and Lea McCracken. How to help college students transition from high school youth group to college.

F. Introducción a la Historia de la Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) Rev. David Huegel.                         

 

Saturday, November 3, 10:00-10:45 am

G. So You Want to Help: Helping vs. Hurting (Mission) Caroline Hamilton-Arnold and a Disciples Volunteering Partner. Insights about long-term recovery work and how congregations can best help in meaningful ways. Hurricane Harvey relief will be the case study for these workshops.

H. Your Church's Elevator Speech (Church Growth) – Paul Carpenter and Arthur Stewart. Think about ways you can distill your church's core identity in a way that appeals to and informs people who aren't yet a part of your church community. 

I. Advocacy 101 (Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism) Texas Impact is the state's oldest and largest interfaith advocacy network, representing the shared social concerns of the Disciples of Christ and other denominations and faith traditions. This session will focus on tools to help churches and people of faith engage in their local community; learn about challenges facing our neighbors; and use story collection and legislative engagement to advocate for justice, freedom and opportunity for all Texans.

J. Incubate Ministry with NBA (Leadership) – Ayanna Watkins. Sharing how the Incubate initiative helps individuals and churches unlock methods and models for new ministry.

K. What We Wish Adults in Our Churches Knew (Youth) – RYMC Panel, coordinated by Brett Coe. A panel of youth on what adults need to know about youth, life, church, and whatever else!

L. Introducción al gobierno y reglamento dentro de la Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) Rev. Evangelina Perez.

 

Saturday, November 3, 11:00-11:45 am

M. So You Want to Help: Helping vs. Hurting (Mission) – Caroline Hamilton-Arnold and a Disciples Volunteering Partner. Insights about long-term recovery work and how congregations can best help in meaningful ways. Hurricane Harvey relief will be the case study for these workshop

N. Your Church's Elevator Speech (Church Growth) – Paul Carpenter and Arthur Stewart. Think about ways you can distill your church's core identity in a way that appeals to and informs people who aren't yet a part of your church community. 

O. Advocacy 201 (Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism) – Advocacy 201 will focus on the immigration and family detention issues that have captivated our public discourse. This session will examine advocacy strategies through the lens of the immigration crisis, allowing the participant to learn more about immigration issues and also consider how locally driven advocacy can advance the national discussion

P. Incubate Ministry with NBA (Leadership) – Ayanna Watkins. Sharing how the incubate initiative helps individuals and churches unlock methods and models for new ministry.

Q. What We Wish Adults in Our Churches Knew (Youth) RYMC Panel, coordinated by Brett Coe. A panel of youth discuss what adults need to know about youth, life, church, and whatever else.

R. Introducción a la historia y gobierno de la Obra Hispana de los Discípulos Rev. Hector Velazquez