CCSW News: Clergy Continuing Education Grant Application-due Oct 31
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Clergy Continuing Education Grants
Applications Due Next Monday, October 31

The application period (Sept.1 -- Oct. 31, 2016) for the 2017 Clergy Continuing Education Grants is open for one more week. Applications completed by Disciples Clergy with Standing (Ordained or Commissioned) will be considered for awards to be distributed next year. These awards are to help DOC clergy participate in continuing education experiences in 2017 that will enhance their gifts and graces for ministry. You can find out more, and access the application process here.

"Faith WITH Works is ALIVE!"

Southwest Regional Assembly
October 29-30, 2016

Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Regional Assembly FAQs
When is Regional Assembly? THIS WEEKEND, October 29-30 at Northway Christian Church in Dallas

What's the schedule? We'd like to see as many attending the whole assembly as possible, but we know this is a busy time for many so come for some if not all of it. Click on the link to the flyer for the schedule:

What is Mission First? This is our chance as the Southwest Region to provide input to the General Church through discussion groups to help set the course of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the next few decades. 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. 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.

How is Now What? connected to the Regional Assembly? The symposium on repurposing is a pre-assembly event, so it really isn't connected with the Regional Assembly, except that it is the day before and it is in the same location... so if you are going to be in the neighborhood anyway, register for this symposium online at this week.

Symposium versus Assembly? REMINDER: the Regional Assembly registration is a separate registration through Evenbrite than the one for Now What? that is through Church Extension Fund. While you are registering for the Assembly, we'd encourage you to enjoy the meals offered at Northway to save the hassle of testing the Dallas traffic. 

Is there one place with all the info and links? YES! Go to to find info, links and up-to-date info about the Regional Assembly. If you don't like online registration, there's a PDF available to download. And if you need info that isn't there, let us know so we can find the details and post them on the website. 
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)

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

Information at

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Southwest Region: Save the Date!

Oct 28 (Fri) - "Now What?" 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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