CCSW News: Ministerial Positions Available in Trinity-Brazos Area
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New Model of Area Ministry: Positions Open

The Trinity-Brazos Area of the Southwest Region is accepting resumes/profiles for the Minister of Connection and the Minister of Nurture positions. Candidates should be ordained ministers in good standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and have ministerial experience with individual congregations. Resumes/profiles should be submitted to Trinity-Brazos Area office via either email at or mailed to 1000 Bonnie Brae Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76111 by January 15, 2016. Shortly thereafter the Area Ministry Search Committee will evaluate the submitted information for further consideration. 

The Board of the Trinity-Brazos Area desires to evolve a new model of area ministry. While a limited number of specific areas of ministry are indicated in the job descriptions, through collaboration between the two positions, area ministry will continue to be defined and developed over time. Area ministry must continue to adapt as our society and communities change in order to better help individual congregations to be successful in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Contact Rick Seeds, Area Ministry Search Committee Chair, at 817-832-3845 or for questions. Please indicate for which position you are applying.

Minister of Connection
18 hours – $27,000/year total compensation package plus a travel and professional expense allowance of $3,000 per year
Connect congregations and their clergy with each other to strengthen our sense of community. This is more of a “macro” ministry – seeing the big picture of ministry in the TBA as carried out by local congregations, collaborative efforts, and constituency groups.
•    administrate search and call
•    work with Area Committee on Ministry in identifying new ministerial candidates
•    fulfill administrative office with special focus on inter- and intra-church communication
•    participate in area constituency groups and including Tarrant Churches Together

Minister of Nurture
18 hours – $27,000/year total compensation package plus a travel and professional expense allowance of $2,000 per year
Nurture individuals into and through the fulfillment of their vocation, providing pastoral care and counsel. This is more of a “micro” ministry – meeting the particular needs of persons, groups, and congregations in the TBA with appropriate and specific programming.
•    attend to youth camp-and-conference ministry by way of collaboration with the Youth and Children’s Ministry Network, Disciples Crossing, and the Tri-Area Board
•    plan worship and retreat opportunities for adult groups (women, men, clergy, elders, etc.)
•    communicate with area shepherds to keep apprised of congregational and clergy needs
•    provide conflict resolution assistance and training

Areas of Collaboration
The ministers of connection and nurture collaborate to identify areas of overlap between their responsibilities.
•    provide 2-3 special events per year depending on identified needs: clergy professional development, elder training, special seminars, spiritual retreats, etc.
•    joint reporting to the TBA Board and Executive Team
•    joint involvement with the Regional Area Minister Team (weekly calls, etc.)
•    work with congregations that desire “future visioning” for discovery of new possibilities

Congregational Year Book Reports Due March 15
(But sooner would be greatly appreciated!)

Year Book Reports from congregations covering calendar year 2015 are due by March 15, covering a few details about membership and finances. This will make sure that your congregation is included in the 2016 Year Book & Directory of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that is filed with the IRS each year to list those congregations that are covered under the group exemption of the denomination. Your church office should receive a post card soon with your congregation's PIN and Serial Number so that you can report online by going to and clicking on the link in the middle of the page for "Congregational Reporting Login" when it becomes active; you may save the information you have entered, and return to the form later to complete it, if you need to find other information.

Sample forms in
English and Spanish, as well as instructions, are available at in the third section of the page. Contact Bonnie Schuler in the Southwest Region office at 817-926-4687 or for 1) your congregation's PIN and Serial Number if the postcard didn't make it yet to the person who needs it, 2) a paper copy of the form mailed to you, or 3) assistance in completing the form (helps to have your year-end financial information and tally of membership and attendance information). 
Reminder to Ministers
Ministers who intend to renew their standing should complete the 2016 Request for Standing Form this month. Do this online (preferred) or by printing a PDF and sending that in to the Southwest Region office by email at or U.S. mail to the address listed below. If you need a paper copy mailed to you or need assistance, call Bonnie Schuler at 817-926-4687. 

We now have posted
at PDFs of the Request for Standing Form and CCSW Clergy Sexual Misconduct Policy in both English and Spanish. The website also has links to "Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)" in four languages. 
Healthy Boundaries Training Registration

You may now register for the Healthy Boundaries Training scheduled Monday, February 15, at 10 am at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. For those attending Ministers Week that begins that afternoon, you may choose to come in early to complete this training. Registration is $50, whether online or by PDF/paper copy. Contact the Regional Office at or 817-926-4687 for details. 

We will post further training opportunities on the Regional website calendar so check there for updates. Currently, we have another training scheduled Saturday, April 16, at 9:30 am at Rolling Oaks Christian Church in San Antonio.

Southwest Region: Save the Date!

January 22-23 - (Fri-Sat) - Regional Council

January 25-27 (Mon-Wed) - Regional Committee on Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth

February 15 (Mon) - Healthy Boundaries for Clergy, University Christian Church in Fort Worth

February 15-18 (Mon-Thurs) - Brite Divinity School Ministers Week 2016

February 18 (Thurs) - Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for an April interview with Regional Committee on Ministry

April 16 (Sat) - 
Healthy Boundaries for Clergy, Rolling Oaks Christian Church in San Antonio

April 18-20 (Mon-Wed) - Regional Committee on Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth

April 20-21 (Wed-Thurs) - Area Committee on Ministry Chairs' Meeting at University Christian Church in Fort Worth

July 19 (Tuesday) - Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for a September interview with Regional Committee on Ministry 

September 19-21 (Mon-Wed) - Regional Committee on Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth

November 23 (Wed) -  Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for a January interview with Regional Committee on Ministry
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