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: All active clergy, both ordained and commissioned, are required to complete six hours of Healthy Boundary Training for Clergy every four years beginning in 2020. Approved training is provided by the Northwest Region. Other options may be: courses offered by other regions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) member denominations of Churches Uniting in Christ or trainings approved by the Commission on Ministry on a case by case basis.

Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Training: All active clergy, both ordained and commissioned, are required to complete six hours of Anti-Racism training every four years beginning in 2018. Approved training is provided by the Northwest Region. Other options may be: courses offered by other region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or trainings approved by the Commission on Ministry on a case by case basis

Active clergy, including active retired, both ordained and commissioned who fail to complete either of the required trainings in the year they are due may have commissioning/standing removed, not for cause. Commissioning/standing may be reinstated after training is completed.

Special Circumstances:

  • In-care candidates seeking ordination, commissioning or standing should complete the trainings as they are offered and must complete Healthy Boundary training prior to approval for ordination, commissioning or standing.
  • Pastors transferring standing from another region should enter the training cycle at the earliest opportunity. The pastor must also either have completed a Healthy Boundary Training within the past 4 years, or complete an approved course within one year.
  • Inactive retired clergy are not required to complete these trainings. However, inactive retired clergy who wish to re-enter active ministry must enter the training cycle at the earliest opportunity. If the pastor has not participated in a Healthy Boundary training within the past 4 years, an approved course must be completed within one year.

You may access this information at any time by going to http://www.disciplesnw.org/ministry/commission-ministry-clergy-healthy-boundaries-training. It is the responsibility of each active clergy person to register for and complete training in the year it is required.

 

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).