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"Faith WITH Works is ALIVE!"
Southwest Regional Assembly - October 29-30, 2016
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Adult and youth rates go up after September 15 to $50, so register today for better rates of $40! 

The Southwest Regional Assembly will be Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. Here are some highlights. Post or share this
flyer in your congregation and get a group to attend Regional Assembly.
  • Saturday, 1 pm - Assembly begins with a Mission First! Conversation
  • Saturday, 4 pm and Sunday, 1:30 pm - Workshops
  • Saturday, 7:30 pm - Worship with Rev. Wil Gafney, Professor of Old Testament at Brite Divinity School
  • Saturday, 9 pm - TCU Reception
  • Sunday morning - All Assembly Worship at Northway Christian Church or worship at a church of your choice
  • Sunday, 3 pm - Business Meeting and Final Words
Pre-assembly fellowship and activities include the following:
  • Friday, 9 am to 4 pm - "Now What? A Symposium on Repurposing"
    presented by Church Extension and a collaboration of denominations
  • Friday, 7 pm - reception at Midway Hills Christian Church, Dallas, on behalf of Texas Impact
  • Friday, 9 pm - Young Clergy's deep theological discussion at the Flying Saucer Restaurant nearby in Addison
  • Saturday, 11 am - Women's Luncheon at Maggiano's, Dallas
Register online or by PDF that can be completed on your computer or by hand. If you wish to use your bank's bill pay system rather than paying with a card online, that's fine, too! Complete the PDF and email that back to then use your own bank's bill pay system to send a check; no stamp or envelope needed!  

Further information or updates will be posted at as we get closer to the event.

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. Room rates are held at the block rate until October 3 so register soon. 

VOLUNTEER! The Mission First session on Saturday will require leaders for each discussion group; if you are willing to assist with this (training provided via conference call before the Assembly), contact the Regional Office at or 817-926-4687 with your name and contact information.

SHARE YOUR TALENT! Churches, feature your musical entertainers during Saturday supper or Sunday lunch as there will be up to three hours total to share the variety of talent in our Region; email Larry Ross at or call 972-272-2900 to volunteer or for more information. 
Mission First!

Everybody wants the world to be a better place. Disciples want to help. In 2016 and 2017, Disciples are piloting a new way of answering God’s call to shared mission. At a series of Mission Gatherings, we’ll learn of faithfulness in ministry and listen for new opportunities to serve. A Mission Council will collect what is learned and identify a focus for mission. Disciples ministries from all the expressions of the Church will create a new plan for collaborating within that shared focus - congregations, regions, general ministries and church institutions - so that together, as Disciples of Christ, we can make a greater impact showing God’s love in the world.

A short history of Mission First! is available here. Updates are available here. The image below shows the process involved. Let us here from you on Saturday, October 29, at the Southwest Regional Assembly!
CCSW Disciples Men Retreat
"Are We Followers or Just Fans?"

September 16-18, 2016

Register by August 31 for best pricing!

The Southwest Region's Disciples Men will hold their annual retreat at Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat on Friday through Sunday, September 16-18. Rev. Bruce Frogge, Senior Minister of Cypress Creek Christian Church in Spring, Texas, and Rev. Marilyn Fiddmont, Vice President of the Christian Church Foundation in Houston, Texas, will be speakers for the weekend. 

Register online or by completing the PDF now. Enjoy the preaching, teaching, singing, worship, fellowship, workshops and relaxation with your brothers in Christ. Arrive early and take part in the golf tournament at noon on Friday. 

Packing list includes the following: Bed linens (twin bed sheets, sleeping bag, pillow and case), towels, personal toilet articles, Bible, checkbook, flashlight, informal clothes (no ties, dress shirts or suits, please), house shoes or flip flops, dominoes, playing cards, chess sets and any other game equipment.
TCMF Annual Men’s Gathering for Laymen and Clergy
"Teammates in the Church"

TCMF's Annual Men's Gathering will be held at Clay Street Christian Church in Waco on October 8 from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm centered on the theme of "Teammates in the Church." (1 Corinthians 12:27) Last year almost 40 men attended and it was a mountain top experience. This year’s gathering is expected to continue this experience.

Print out the PDF of the memo and registration form from Elder Bobby Williams, President of the TCMF Disciples Men, and the brochure of the Gathering. 
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 am to 4 pm (registration details posted soon)

February 20 (Mon) - Healthy Boundaries Training at University Christian Church in Fort Worth (details to be announced)
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.

Financial Literacy Academy
October 21-22 at Brite Divinity School & University Christian Church, Fort Worth
for Pastors, Spouses, Board Chairs/Moderators, Treasurers

This program is offered as part of the Excellence in Ministry pilot project (see article above), but also open to a limited number of other local ministers (regardless of their years of experience) and their congregations.
For Pastors and Spouses (Friday):
  • "Personal Financial Identity: Unpacking our Meanings of Money and the Origins of our Financial Narrative"
  • "Budgeting, Borrowing, Saving and Giving: Practical Wisdom for Clergy Households"
  • "Clergy Tax and Insurance Considerations"
  • "Building Blocks of Future Planning and Retirement"
For Pastors, Board Chairs & Treasurers (Saturday):
  • "Best Practices in Financial Management: Tips for Balancing the Budget and Practicing Accountability"
  • "Resourcing Your Congregation's Mission: Strategies for Increasing Church Income"
  • "The Congregation as Employer: Compensation and Benefits for Churches"
 Register online or by PDF by Wednesday, October 12. 

Southwest Region: Save the Date!

September 16-18 (Fri-Sun) - Disciples Men Retreat at Lake Brownwood

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

October 14-16 (Fri-Sun) - Bluebonnet Disciples Women's Ministry Retreat at Disciple Oaks Camp and Retreat in Gonzales

Oct 21-22 (Fri-Sat) - Financial Literacy Academy at Brite and University Christian Church in Fort Worth (Click
here for more information)

October 28 (Fri) - "Now What? A symposium on repurposing" at Northway Christian Church in Dallas from 9 am to 4 pm (Click
here to register or for more information)

October 29-30 (Sat-Sun) - Regional Assembly at Northway Christian Church in Dallas (Click
here for more information)

November 1-December 31 - Request for Standing Form for 2017 to be submitted to Southwest Region office. 

12 (Sat) - Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training sponsored by TCMF Ministers Fellowship at Northside Christian Church in Tyler from 10 am to 4 pm (registration details posted soon)

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