Updates on the CCSW Regional Assembly 2018
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?
Box lunches for all participants in classes.
Assembly registration opens
Dinner on your own!
Worship – Preacher: Rev. Feliberto Pereira, Founder and Executive Director, Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries
FIESTA reception – a time for gathering and celebrating life as the CCSW!
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3
Catered Barbeque Lunch
Closing Worship – Preacher: Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, Associate Director, Week of Compassion
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
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.