CCSW News: Mission First! at Regional Assembly
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"Faith WITH Works is ALIVE!"
Southwest Regional Assembly - October 29-30, 2016
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
What is Mission First! Why Should I Get Involved?
As part of this year’s Regional Assembly, Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 is reserved for MISSION FIRST, a denomination wide futuring exercise in which you can help set the course of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the next few decades. We will gather in the Northway Sanctuary by 1 pm, have opening worship and instructions, and then break into pre-assigned groups of 8 that will scatter through the campus to tables arranged for them. Led by facilitators, participants will answer 3 key questions about the future priorities of the church using guided instruction, meditation, prayer, discussion, and creative art.  We will then regather in the sanctuary and share summaries of our findings, and close in worship by 4. All the recorded notes and summaries will be sent to Indianapolis as the offering of the Southwest Region toward the search for the future of the Disciples of Christ.

The Southwest Regional Assembly will be Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. Updated flyer available to provide information. 
Register online or complete a PDF on your computer or print a PDF and complete by hand. If you wish to use your bank's bill pay system rather than paying with a credit card online, email the completed PDF to then use your own bank's bill pay system to send payment to CCSW, PO Box 1689, Fort Worth TX 76101-1689. No stamp or envelope needed!  

Information and updates are being posted at as they become available.

MEALS - delicious and convenient. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free selections – request this option in the registration process.

Saturday evening dinner:
Mesquite Smoked Brisket/Southwest Chicken Breast
Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Blipty-blam Beans
 Mixed Green Salad and Bread
Sunday Lunch:
Fiesta Station (tacos – ground beef/roasted chicken thighs in a verde sauce)
Roasted Cilantro Corn with Lime, Black Beans
Fresh Tortillas and pico de gallo
Fiesta Slaw

HOTELS: Hotel information is posted on the website, too, for those who wish to take advantage of the block rate for a room at either the La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas North Central at 10001 N Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-361-8200, or HyattHouse Dallas Lincoln Park, 8221 N Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-696-1555; when you make your reservation, request the CCSW Assembly Block rate. Though the room rates were held at the block rate until October 3, you might see if they can still include you in the block reservation group. 
Are you coming to the Regional Assembly?  Will you be in the neighborhood?  It’s not too late to register for... 

Now What? A symposium on repurposing…our buildings, our outreach, our stewardship, our leadership

Friday, October 28, 2016 (the day before the 2016 Regional Assembly)
Northway Christian Church in Dallas, Texas

We get it. The past is past. We need to innovate, create, find new ways to use our buildings and be the church. This event is a collaboration of the Building Funds of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and The Episcopal Church.

Read more about Now What? including registration information at
Nomination Process Open for General Board, Moderators

The General Nominating Committee (GNC) will be meeting in December to nominate a moderator team and the next GNC class of the general board. Each biennium, the GNC seeks nominations from across the life of the church for qualified persons to serve in this capacity.

The moderator team serves a two-year term (the moderator-elect serves for four years). The GNC members of the general board serve a four-year term. The paragraphs from The Design that describe the role of the moderators and general board members can be found here.(2 pages)

The GNC has the responsibility of ensuring diverse leadership in the life of the church, including: clergy/laity, male/female, racial/ethnic, age and geographic representation.

We are also seeking to develop a database of persons with specific gifts and skills.  This database will be available to general ministries who are seeking qualified board members.

If you know of a person who is qualified and gifted to provide faithful leadership to the church, please nominate them using by clicking this online nomination form  Nominations should be received no later than November 1, 2016.

Healthy Boundaries Trainings

This past 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. Here are some upcoming trainings. As details are confirmed on these or other trainings, we will post on the Southwest Region website calendar at send out emails.

November 12 (Sat) - Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training sponsored by TCMF Ministers Fellowship at Northside Christian Church in Tyler from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Register online or by PDF

February 20 (Mon) - Healthy Boundaries Training at University Christian Church in Fort Worth (details to be announced soon)
Regional Minister & President Search Committee Update

The search committee continues their work as they review information from individuals and congregations throughout the Southwest Region. Please remember to keep the search team in your prayers: Jeff Billings (chair), Sue Cobb, Dottie Cook, Olin Fregia, Evangelina Perez, Arthur Stewart, Hector Velasquez, Bob Williams and Tasha York.

General Assembly in Indianapolis
July 8-12, 2017
Register online by March 30, 2017
for early discount price

Information at

Join the General Assembly Facebook page at

Southwest Region: Save the Date!

Oct 28 (Fri) - "What Now?" Workshop at Northway Christian Church in Dallas

Oct 29-30 (Sat-Sun) - CCSW Regional Assembly

Nov 12 (Sat) - Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training at Northside Christian Church in Tyler from 10 am to 4 pm

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

Jan 23-25 (Mon-Wed) - Regional Committee on Ministry

Feb 24 (Fri) - Documentation due for candidates wishing to be considered for an April interview with Regional Committee on Ministry
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