Search Committee

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest
Regional Moderator Update to the Region

 

8/21/2017

I am excited to give you the following report on the status of our efforts to find the next Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest.
 
Before beginning this search, your Search Committee sought input from individuals and congregations throughout the region by administering a survey and holding town hall meetings throughout the Region. The input we received confirmed that the Search Team should seek out individuals who, at all levels, can focus on building relationships that will build ministry to the whole Region.
 
The challenges of a changing structure will require leadership that is shared with a larger, diverse staff using new ways to communicate, educate, and collaborate our missional goals. This new leadership will need to be receptive to exploring and implementing innovative and creative ideas. We also sought to find a leader who had demonstrated effective skills that will allow them to build relationships across ethnic, cultural and social differences. Once the study was completed, the committee developed a Regional Minister Position Description which was approved by the Regional Assembly in October of 2016.
 
On August 19, 2017, the CCSW Regional Council received a report from the CCSW Regional Minister Search Committee. We believe that we have found the person God is calling to be our new Regional Minister. After prayerful consideration of the committee’s report, the Regional Council cast a unanimous vote to extend a call to Dr. Andy W. Mangum to be the Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest. His service as Regional Minister will begin on or before November 1, 2017. Please pray for our new Regional Minister and all of the ministries of the Southwest Region.
 
The Regional Council thanks the members of the Search Committee for their dedication and hard work. The members are: Jeff Billings, Sue Cobb, Dottie Cook, Olin Fregia, Arthur Stewart, Hector Velasquez, Bob Williams and Tasha York.
 

Jeff Billings, CCSW Moderator

Greetings from Rev. Mangum (download to view)

Rev. Mangum Biography


 

Moderador Regional ICSW
Actualizar a la Region

Estoy muy excitado al proveerles el siguiente reporte del estado de nuestro esfuerzo en la búsqueda de nuestro próximo Ministro Regional para la Iglesia Cristiana en el Suroeste.

Antes de iniciar el trabajo, su Comité de Búsqueda solicitamos la opinión de individuos y congregaciones a través de la Region administrando una encuesta y teniendo reuniones publicas a través de la Region. La informacion recibida confirmó que el Comité de Búsqueda debía buscar individuos que, en todos los niveles, podían enfocarse en construir relaciones para edificar el ministerio a toda la Region.

Los retos que ofrece una estructura regional actualmente en cambio requiere un liderato compartido con un personal mas grande y diverso utilizando nuevas maneras para comunicar, educar y colaborar en nuestras metas de misión. Este nuevo liderato necesita ser receptivo para explorar e implementar ideas innovadoras y creativas. Adicionalmente buscamos encontrar un líder que a demostrado destrezas efectivas que le ayudará a construir relaciones a través de las diferencias étnicas, culturales y sociales. Cuando el estudio finalizó desarrollamos una Descripción para la Posición de Ministro Regional la cual fue aprobada por la Asamblea Regional en octubre del 2016.

El 19 de agosto del 2017, el Consejo Regional de la Region del Suroeste recibió un reporte del Comité de Búsqueda. Nosotros creemos que hemos encontrado la persona que Dios a llamado a ser nuestro nuevo Ministro Regional. Después de considerar en oracion el reporte del Comité de Búsqueda, el Consejo Regional aprobó con un voto unánime extender un llamado al Dr. Andy W. Mangum para ser el Ministro Regional para la Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulo de Cristo) en el Suroeste.

Por favor, vea la biografía del Rev. Mangum a continuación a esta carta. Su servicio como Ministro Regional comenzara en o antes de el 1 de noviembre del 2017. Por favor oremos por nuestro nuevo Ministro Regional y por todos los ministerios de la Region del Suroeste.

El Consejo Regional agradece al Comité de Búsqueda por su dedicación y su arduo trabajo. Los miembros son: Jeff Billings; Sue Cobb; Dottie Cook; Olin Fregia; Arthur Stewart; Hector M Velazquez; Bob Williams; y Tasha York.

Atentamente, Jeff Billings, Moderador Region del Suroeste

 

Saludos del Rev. Mangum (Bájelo a su computadora para verlo)

Biografía del Dr. Andy Mangum



Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest
Regional Minister Search Committee


Update to the Region
 

8/11/2017

The CCSW Regional Minister Search Committee is pleased to present to you the following information about the process we have been engaged in and the status of our work. We have used the “Manual for Regional Search Committees Seeking a Regional Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” as our guidelines for this process. This document serves as a tool developed from the experience and wisdom gathered from searches across the denomination for many years.

The members of the Search Committee are:
-  Jeff Billings
-  Sue Cobb
-  Dottie Cook
-  Olin Fregia
-  Arthur Stewart
-  Hector Velasquez
-  Bob Williams
-  Tasha York

We began our search process on March 29, 2016, by receiving appropriate training and orientation from the General Church and our Regional Minister Search Consultant. The committee conducted a self study by administering a survey and meeting with individuals at town hall meetings throughout the Region. Once the study was completed, the committee developed a Regional Minister Position Description.  The description developed by the Search Committee determined that the duties required of this position will require 2 individuals to be able to fulfill all the responsibilities.

The Regional Profile and Regional Minister Position Description were approved by the Regional Assembly in October 2016.

The position was announced in early 2017 and letters of interest immediately began to be received. All interested individuals were asked to forward their papers to the Regional Search Minister Consultant, and these papers were then processed through the appropriate screening process. A list of the qualified candidates was presented to the Search Committee in April of 2017.   

The Search Team has diligently and prayerfully reviewed all of the remaining candidates’ qualifications, including individuals’ strengths and weaknesses.

The CCSW Regional Minister Search Committee will make a presentation to the Regional Council on August 19, 2017. This presentation will include the committee’s unanimous selection to fill the position of CCSW Regional Minister.


Iglesia Cristiana en el Suroeste (Discípulos de Cristo)
Comité de Búsqueda para Ministro Regional

Informe actualizado a la Region

8/11/2017
El Comité de Búsqueda para un Ministro Regional se complace en presentarles la siguiente informacion sobre el proceso que hemos seguido y el estatus de nuestro trabajo. Hemos utilizado como nuestro guía en este proceso el “Manual para Comités de Búsqueda que buscan un Ministro Regional en la Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo).” Este manual sirve como una herramienta desarrollada de la experiencia y la sabiduría adquirida por muchos años de búsquedas a través de la denominación.

Los miembros del Comité de Búsqueda son:
-  Jeff Billings
-  Sue Cobb
-  Dottie Cook
-  Olin Fregia
-  Arthur Stewart
-  Hector Velazquez
-  Bob Williams
-  Tasha York

Comenzamos nuestro proceso de búsqueda el 29 de marzo del 2016 cuando recibimos los entrenamientos apropiados y la orientación de la Iglesia General y del Consultor para la Búsqueda del Ministro Regional. El comité llevo a cabo un estudio administrando una encuesta y teniendo reuniones con individuos en asambleas publicas a través de la Region. Después de concluido el estudio, el Comité desarrolló una descripción de trabajo para la posición de Ministro Regional. La descripción desarrollada
por el Comité de Búsqueda determino que el trabajo requerido por esta posición demanda dos personas para cumplir con todas las responsabilidades.

El Perfil Regional y la Descripción de la Posición de Ministro Regional fueron aprobadas por la Asamblea Regional en octubre del 2016.

La posición fue anunciada temprano en el 2017 y pronto comenzamos a recibir Cartas de Intención. Se les informo a las personas interesadas que enviaran toda documentación al Consultor del Comité de Búsqueda. Estos papeles recibidos fueron llevados a través de un proceso de evaluación. Una lista de los candidatos cualificados fue presentada al Comité de Búsqueda en abril del 2017.

El equipo de búsqueda diligentemente y sobre todo en oracion evaluó las calificaciones de todos aquellos candidatos, incluyendo sus fortalezas y sus áreas débiles.

El Comité de Búsqueda de la Region del Suroeste hará una presentación al Consejo Regional el 19 de agosto del 2017. Esta presentación incluirá la selección unánime del Comité de Búsqueda para ocupar la posición de Ministro Regional en la Region del Suroeste.


Christmas Offering: funds donated to the Christmas Offering are used entirely by the Southwest Region in its work of supporting congregations and ministers in the Southwest Region. Here are links for promotional materials to make available for your congregation's members to learn more about our current vision, based upon input and conversations with many across the Southwest Region. Full details from the Regional Search Committee's Report to the Regional Assembly are listed below. 


You may wish to print out the following report as a PDF to share with those in your congregation who cannot access the Internet: Regional Search Committee Report to Southwest Regional Assembly on October 30, 2016

 

Regional Search Committee Report
to Southwest Regional Assembly

October 30, 2016

The CCSW Search Committee has spent much time and discernment to develop the attached Regional Minister job description and candidate profile. Information has been received from the Regional Council, congregations, town hall meetings, and emails submitted from individuals throughout the Region. Reports that have been assigned and received by the Regional Council from years of work by various committees have also served as a resource during this process. We believe that it is our duty to report to the Regional Council our findings, and to present profiles for Regional Ministry positions that will allow Regional Ministry to be successful. After reviewing all the information we have collected, this committee has determined that Regional Ministry cannot successfully be completed by any one individual. The necessary and desired pastoral and administrative duties that a Region this size requires are too much for one person to successfully and effectively accomplish.

We are presenting profiles for two separate positions: Regional Minister and Regional Executive. We understand the funding and structure concerns this report will generate. We acknowledge the validity of these concerns; we believe that it is our responsibility to report our findings and allow the Council to determine funding possibilities and the path forward from this point. The Search Committee has discerned that a repeat of our current model will not support, sustain, or strengthen the future of the Region. It is the intention of the Search Committee to ask for approval of these profiles at the next Council meeting and allow the Council to work out the details before we move forward.

An issue of concern moving forward for the Council is how to properly make anticipated changes to structure and funding issues, given the limits in place under the current design model. The current design sets requirements that appear to be unobtainable in a Regional Assembly process due to the lack of participation from many congregations. It is the request of the Search Committee to ask the next Regional Assembly to vote by consensus to allow the Regional Council to take whatever actions they deem necessary to allow Regional ministry to reorganize structurally and financially. Please note that the request is to allow the Regional Council, and not the Executive Committee, to take such action. It will be the responsibility of the Regional Council to continually report their decisions to members of the Region as well as give a full report at the next Regional Assembly.

One area of concern is the funding for future Regional ministry staff. I would like to recommend that every congregation be strongly encouraged to participate in the annual Christmas offering. A successful offering could make a big impact on the future design of the Region as all funds go directly to Regional ministry. It is reasonable to assume that without more financial support, our ability to fulfill our responsibilities to Areas and congregations will be very limited.

There are many exciting ministries currently happening throughout the CCSW. Meaningful services are being provided in many places. Please know that Area Ministers and Regional staff are dedicated to helping local congregations expand and improve their witness. Your prayers and support are continually needed to carry on this work.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeff Billings – Chair, Search Committee


Southwest Regional Profile

As reported in the 2015 Disciples of Christ Year Book, the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is 32,625 participating members across over 400 congregations in New Mexico, Texas, the panhandle of Oklahoma, and Liberal, Kansas. Average worship attendance for the region is 18,815, with total outreach giving totaling over five and a half million dollars. Our region is ethnically, theologically and culturally diverse with Anglo, African-American, South Asian, East Asian, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander congregations in covenant together and a large spectrum of views and beliefs.

We are home to a Disciples college, university and divinity school (Jarvis Christian College, Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School); our region supports the Inman Christian Center in San Antonio, Juliette Fowler Communities in Dallas, and Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Our Disciples Men, Women and Youth ministries are strong with active participation throughout the region. We are a region seeking to find better ways to support local congregations and constituencies in service to Christ and the community.

The Southwest Region is already in the process of restructure, as our area ministries are realigning boundaries and priorities in a quickly changing world. We are seeking to be led into the new model and mission to which God is calling us, and we seek a leader who will guide us through this change to a revitalized ministry in this place. We seek a fresh vision that meets the current realities of our regional life.

The geographical and financial challenges of the current structure are leading us to create two positions to lead the Southwest Region during this time of revitalization and evolution. We are seeking a person with ordained standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to serve as our Regional Minister; the Regional Executive may be lay or clergy.

The initial task in calling of both a Regional Minister and a Regional Executive is to facilitate the restructure and development of ministries, relationships and mission of the CCSW. This is to be accomplished by October 2018.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION - Candidate Profile

We seek a Regional Minister who...

·         embodies and articulates a strong identity as a Disciple of Christ.

·         understands and encourages the missions of local congregations.

·         proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ in word and action.

·         supports and equips clergy.

·         understands and is experienced with transformation in the church.

·         respects and celebrates diversity in race, culture, theology and language.

·         is accountable and responsible for all Regional staff.

·         maintains and builds relationship with the denomination on behalf of the Southwest Region.

·         delegates and oversees representatives of the Region on boards and in other obligations, done in consultation with the Regional Council.

We seek a Regional Executive who...

·         assesses the viability of regional ministries, programs and design through evaluation of geographical, institutional, and financial realities.

·         manages the assets, fiscal development, and stewardship of the Southwest Region.

·         embodies and articulates a strong identity as a Disciple of Christ.

·         reports to the Regional Minister.

·         collaborates with the Regional Minister and Regional Council in the work of restructure.

·         is trained, experienced and gifted in the arts of administration and communication.


July 5, 2016

Dear friends of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest,

In accordance with the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest, the following persons have been selected and confirmed by the Regional Council on January 27, 2016, to come together to lead the process of calling a Regional Minister:

Jeff Billings                    Sue Cobb                      Dottie Cook                  Olin Fregia

Evangelina Perez         Arthur Stewart             Hector Velasquez        Bob Williams            Tasha York

An organizational meeting was held on March 29, 2016, with our Regional Minister Search Consultant, Denny Williams, Regional Minister of Arizona.

We are blessed to have work previously completed in preparation for this process by a Regional Transitional Team whose report was reviewed and accepted by the Regional Council on April 30, 2016. The integrity of this process requires the participation of the members of the Church gathered throughout the Southwest Region. Your voice is very important.

One important step will be to develop a profile of our Region that will enable prospective candidates to have a better understanding of who we are and what our hopes and dreams are for the work of the Church through our Region. Members of the Search Committee will host a series of Regional gatherings to share in prayer and conversation. These 2-hour meetings will allow us to hear from you. Due to the vast geography of our Region, we understand that not everyone will be able to attend one of the scheduled meetings. The schedule will be released soon. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings and wish to have input of your thoughts and dreams of our Regional future, please find a copy of the Search questionnaire attached and on the Regional website. Please forward your input to ccswregionalsearch@gmail.com or CCSW, PO Box 1689, Fort Worth TX 76101-1689 by Friday, August 19.

The Regional Council spent considerable time discussing the current profile and the future direction and needs of the Region with members of the Search Committee at the April 30, 2016, Council meeting. Once we gather information from Regional members outside the Council, we will finalize our profile and move forward with our process.

We welcome your input and ideas. We also covet your prayers as we move forward in a way that will honor and glorify God.

Jeff Billings

Jeff Billings
Search Committee Chair

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Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest

July 5, 2016

The following questions will help the Regional Minister Search Committee determine the needs for Regional ministry in the Christian Church in the Southwest. Please answer the following questions after prayerful consideration. Please include the names of all who participated in your responses, either individually or the members participating in your group, including names of laity and ministers who participate.

1.       What is a great thing that is currently happening with your group?

2.       How is your group connected to the Region? Or - How do you define your relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest?

3.       What would you like for the Regional Minister to do in working with your group?

4.       What is the greatest need of your group?

5.       What aspects of Regional Ministry should/could be enhanced?

6.       What gifts, experience, and commitments do you believe the next Regional Minister needs to possess in order to be effective in leading the Region toward health and vibrancy?

7.       What, in your opinion, are the two or three most urgent priorities for the Region that the next Regional Minister needs to address?

8.       What additional information would you like to share with the Search Committee as it develops the Regional Profile and has conversations with candidates?

Please forward your input to ccswregionalsearch@gmail.com or CCSW, PO Box 1689, Fort Worth TX 76101-1689 by Friday, August 19.