Newly Commissioned Minister Standing Renewal Form

Commissioned Minister Standing Renewal Report

In keeping with The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), regions are responsible for reviewing and certifying the Ministerial Standing of all ordained and licensed/commissioned Disciples clergy each year. When your Standing is acknowledged by the region, your name is listed in the official Year Book and Directory of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the ensuing year. It is important to know that the Year Book is the primary document the IRS uses to verify ministerial standing; and thus, your eligibility for housing allowance exclusions. Another key value – you cannot enter Search and Call without Standing. Standing reflects your being "accountable to and up-to-date with" the required denominational criteria for maintaining your ecclesiastical certification.

Section 1: Contact Information
Home street address
Apartment, suite, unit, building, floor, etc.
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Work Phone
Section 2: Licensed/Commissioned Minister Detail Verification

Current Ministry Location

Healthy Boundaries Training Criteria for the NW Region

All active clergy, both ordained and commissioned, are required to complete six hours of healthy boundary training for clergy every three years. If a commissioned or ordained minister with standing does not complete this training as required, their commissioning/standing will be removed, not for cause, until he/she completes the training. In-care seminary students wishing to be ordained, and ministers seeking commissioning are required to complete the training prior to their final interview with the Commission as a requirement for ordination or commissioning. If a minister transfers from another region and has completed an approved boundary training within the past 3 years in another region, that training will fulfill this requirement. She/he will then be required to repeat the training every three years following. If the minister transferring in has not completed an approved boundary training within the past three years, the minister is required to complete the training within two years of transferring standing and every three years thereafter. An alternative to the NWRCC-sponsored training course is for a minister to take the training offered by a member of Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC). The Commission on Ministry will be the final arbiter on the acceptability of a non-NWRCC training course. Retired ministers who wish to function in any ministerial capacity are required to participate in this training. Inactive retired ministers are not required to take Healthy Boundary training. However, if an inactive retired pastor wishes to resume ministry, he/she must complete an approved Healthy Boundary training within 1 year of returning to active ministry status, and every three years for as long as he/she remains in active ministry. Approved by Commission on Ministry, June 29, 2013 Approved by Executive Committee of Regional Board, November 2, 2013.

When did you last attended a Sexual Ethics/Boundary Training event sponsored by the NWRCC Commission on Ministry (or any other institution's similar event)?

You may also be asked to provide proof of participation if you attended an event sponsored by a body other than the NWRCC
Section 3: General Questions

Signature

By typing your name and date below and pressing the "Submit" button, you acknowledge that you are accountable for the information submitted and that the answers to the questions above will be used to determine your ongoing Licensed/Commissioned Ministerial Standing status in the Northwest Regional Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and with the General Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).