2019 Capital Area Clergy Standing Renewal Form (English)

January 22, 2019


Greetings All Ordained and Commissioned Christian Church Capital Area Clergy!

We celebrate your call to ministry and the many wondrous ways the clergy of our Region serve God and live out the good news of Jesus Christ to all the world.  Thank you for your ministry!

You presently have standing or are seeking standing in the Order of Ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) Capital Area.  Please fill out the secure online form and submit it to the Regional Office by February 30, 2019 if you wish to apply to retain standing.  The form can be found online at:  www.cccadisciples.org/2019-clergy-standing-renewal-form

Fields with an “*” are required, and all other questions are not required but would be very nice to have filled in. 

A Spanish version of the form will be available online shortly. Una versión en español del formulario estará disponible en línea próximamente.

If you do not wish to maintain standing, either contact the Regional Minister at 240-426-2949 or Aharris@cccadisciples.org

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be the best stewards of our resources and save the Regional Church’s resources, printed/hard copy versions of this standing renewal form will not be sent out via mail unless specifically requested by an individual.  You must fill out this form online.

Phone (preferred one for Regional communication) *
Phone (preferred one for Regional communication)
Please select if you are "Ordained," "Commissioned," or a Student In Care"
Date Ordained
Date Ordained
If you were ordained, when were you ordained?
Date Originally Commissioned
Date Originally Commissioned
If you are a Commissioned (formerly "Licensed") Minister, what is the date when you first were approved for or had a commissioning service?
In what CCCA Disciples of Christ congregation are you a member? (All CCDC Clergy need to be a member or associate member of a local Disciples of Christ congregation to retain standing. See + below for additional info.)
Please describe if and when you most recently engaged in Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training, and who led the training (i.e. Capital Area Region, etc.) Put "None" if you have never had PR/AR training.
Please describe if and when you most recently engaged in Clergy Healthy Boundary Training and the who led the training (i.e. the Capital Area Region, etc.) Put "None" if you have never had Clergy Healthy Boundary Training.
What other training have you had that has enhanced your ministry (e.g. seminars, workshops, books, experiences, etc.)?
How can the Regional Office/Minister support you and your ministry more fully in the coming year?
How have you participated in the life of the Capital Area Region or Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) in the past year?
Please describe particular challenges in your ministry this past year.
Please describe particular joys in your ministry during this past year.
Describe ways in which you have taken time for family and personal relationships. Describe ways in which you have taken time for recreation and vacation.
Describe ways in which you have taken time for Spiritual Renewal
Describe ways in which you have taken time for physical fitness and healthy activities
Is there anything else you would like for the Regional Minister or the Commission For Ministry to know that would help you out in life and ministry?
What gifts, skills, experiences, or perspectives would you like to share more/more fully with others throughout the Region?
Ministerial Code of Ethics *
I have read, understand and will comply with the Disciples Ministerial Code of Ethics (they can be found online at: http://disciples.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Ministerial_Code_of_Ethics-english.pdf

Standing – What’s it Worth? 

All members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are understood to have a ministry.  It is part of their vocation, the result of following the way of Jesus Christ.  But some are set apart for service to the church, either as ordained or commissioned clergy.

Standing in the Order of Ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affirms that the ordained or commissioned minister is engaged in or has retired from the practice of ministry.  Standing calls clergy to a continuing accountability to the whole Church through a Commission For Ministry.  They are to meet that standard in serving a congregation, organization, institution, ecumenical or interfaith agency, region or general unit of the Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ)

In the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Capital Area, clergy are invited to renewing standing each year.  The Commission for Ministry considers those applications and grants standing for the following year.

+ Re: Membership In A Disciples Of Christ Congregation:

Disciples Policy and Criteria has always required membership in a Disciples of Christ congregation, presuming one was nearby, in order to maintain Standing. 

If you are actively serving a United Church of Christ congregation, then you should apply for Partnership status with the UCC (most Conferences/Associations require it).  If you are actively serving another denomination or in a non-congregational setting, it will need to maintain either a membership or associate membership in a Disciples congregation to maintain standing.

For retired Disciple clergy, it depends on what one means by “retired.”  If you are retired for pension purposes but still actively serving some form of ministry, you are required to follow the same standards as if you were not “retired” and have a membership in a Disciples of Christ congregation.  If you are retired and not actively serving a ministry setting, then we simply recommend a connection with a Disciples of Christ congregation and/or participation in the Capital Area Region.

So, what is Standing worth?

Ministers with standing for 2018 in the Capital Area:

  •        Covenant to accept accountability to a high standard of ministerial ethics

  •        Have recognition by peers of their ministerial gifts

  •        Can access the Ministerial Crisis Fund for emergency financial assistance

  •        Can access the Ministers’ Association Clergy Continuing Education Grant program

  •        Have voting privileges at the Capital Area Regional Assembly

  •        Have easier access to the civil authorities in achieving recognition for the purpose of celebrating weddings

  •        Have access to the Search and Call process of the General Church if ordained and access to the Capital Area Search and Call Process if commissioned.

  •        If commissioned, have access to the Apprentice Track to Ordination

  •        Have privilege of call as Ordained Ministerial Partner with Standing (UCC)

  •        Have listing in the most current Year Book and Directory of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  •        Have voting privileges at the General Assembly

  •        Have fulfilled one of the IRS requirement for clergy recognition to receive benefits and clergy deductions