WHO: Congregations report annually on the prior year's activity to the General Church. (The Southwest Region has 383 congregations.)
WHAT: Online form of ten questions: seven on membership issues (total, participating, worship attendance, education attendance, baptisms, transfers, CWF), three on financial issues (local operating and local capital receipts and total outreach expenses).
WHY: 1) To maintain tax exempt status by being listed in the Year Book and Directory, and, 2) To determine the number of voting representatives to represent your congregation and your region at the General Assembly.
HOW: A postcard with your congregation's Church PIN (stays the same each year) and serial number (changes each year) will be mailed to your church next week so be sure the person who will report has this postcard. OR, email theSouthwest Region officefor your Church PIN and serial number to get started now. OR, if you prefer to complete a paper form, let us know the name and contact info where we should email a PDF or mail a paper copy (English or Spanish - let us know which). OR, call the Southwest Region office at 817-926-4687 for this information, too.
Looking forward to hearing from your congregation!
Interim Regional Minister search open for Southwest Region
The Christian Church in the Southwest is seeking a short-term Interim Regional Minister (IRM). The IRM will provide executive-level leadership; provide pastoral care to pastors and congregations/constituency groups; strengthen relationships within the region; and prepare regional/area leadership and local churches to welcome a new Regional Minister. For the full job description, click here. To fill out an interest form, click here. All forms must be submitted by January 31. If you have questions, e-mail Rev. Whitney Waller-Cole, Chair of the IRM Search Committee and Moderator Elect of the Southwest Region, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for Renewal of Standing due
Ordained Ministers in the Southwest Region should complete and submit the annual Request for Renewal of Standing for 2017. Links are available on the Information and Links page of the Region's website, or you can complete the online form that will email verification of your submission to you or complete the PDF form to send in by email as an attachment or a hard copy through U.S. mail.
Commissioned Ministers receive their standing through their Area Committee on Ministry as part of the shared responsibility of the Region and Areas and do not complete this form. Any change of email addresses, phone numbers or mailing addresses, needs to be reported to your Area office promptly so that we can submit updates to the Office of Christian Vocation in time for updating information in the Year Book.
Healthy Boundaries Trainings
Last year, the Regional Committee on Ministry required that ministers are to complete a Healthy Boundaries for Clergy training every five years; ministers whose most recent training was before 2011 should complete this requirement by June 2017.
Trainings are posted on the Southwest Region website calendar atccsw.org/2017-events/as they are set. Registration details and links will also be posted on the Information and Links page of the Southwest Region's website.) Several trainings listed on the Mission West website. Annual training at Ministers Week in Fort Worth on February 20. New training set for First Christian Church in Longview on February 28.
We enjoy reading about the ministries of congregations in the Southwest Region! Send us an email to email@example.com of your church newsletter. It is fine to send a paper copy if you haven't switched yet, but you might save a little money if you send the email/PDF version.
Southwest Region: Important Dates!
Jan 29 (Sun) - General Assembly Promotion Sunday
Jan 29 (Sun) - Feb 4 (Sat): Week of the Laity [Resources]
Feb 18 (Sat) - Healthy Boundaries Training at Chalice Abbey in Amarillo
Feb 20 (Mon) - Healthy Boundaries Training at University Christian Church in Fort Worth
Feb 20-23 (Mon-Thurs) - Ministers Week at University Christian Church and Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth
Feb 24 (Fri) - Documentation due for candidates wishing to be considered for an April interview with Regional Committee on Ministry
Mar 1 (Wed) - Ash Wednesday
Mar 3-4 (Fri-Sat) - CCSW Disciples Women's Ministries Leadership Event
Mar 18 (Sat) - Healthy Boundaries Training at First Christian Church in Las Cruses
Apr 1 (Sat) - Healthy Boundaries Training at First Christian Church in Abilene
Apr 16 (Sun) - Easter
Apr 24-26 (Mon-Wed) - Regional Committee on Ministry
Apr 28-29 (Fri-Sat) - Worship and Wonder Training at First Christian Church in Abilene