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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to 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.
Search Committee Chair
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 name(s) of all who participated in your responses, either as an individual respondent or the members participating in your group, noting which are laity and which are ministers who participate.
What is a great thing that is currently happening with your group?
How is your group connected to the Region? Or - How do you define your relationship to the CCDOC in the Southwest?
What would you like for the Regional Minister to do in working with your group?
What is the greatest need of your group?
What aspects of Regional Ministry should/could be enhanced?
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?
What, in your opinion, are the two or three most urgent priorities for the Region that the next Regional Minister needs to address?
What additional information would you like to share with the Search Committee as it develops the Regional Profile and has conversations with candidates?