Section I

For Inactive Retired Clergy:  The Committee on Ministry may grant Inactive Retired status to a retired minister who applies for this status.  Inactive Retired clergy continue to have standing as clergy and continue to be listed in the Minister's Directories online and in the Year Book clergy section.  Inactive Retired clergy are exempt from completing the annual Ministerial Standing Renewal Form, including all continuing education requirements.  Please apply for Inactive Retired clergy status ONLY if you are retired and not longer intend to engage in ministry, using this form: Inactive Retired Clergy Standing Application.

Section II

Section III

Additional information on Professional Development and Continuing Education requirements and suggested activities to meet these requirements can be found here.

In order to maintain Standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest, each minister must complete the following hours of continuing education:

            Full Time Clergy - 16 hours
            3/4 Time Clergy - 12 hours
            1/2 Time Clergy - 8 hours
            1/4 Time Clergy - 4 hours

Classroom or Seminar studies = 1 CEU per 50 minute contact period.  Self-guided study is also acceptable.

Boundary Training

All clergy, except Inactive Retired clergy, are required to complete Boundary Training regularly.  The Upper Midwest Region requires all new clergy to complete an initial course either at the time at which they enter into ministry or move to the Upper Midwest Region.  After completing their initial course, clergy are required to complete a refresher course in the years 2020, 2025, 2030, 2035, etc.

Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Experience

All clergy, except Inactive Retired clergy, are required to complete an anti-racism or pro-reconciliation experience each year.  This experience must be one quarter of the total required continuing education hours for the 2021 calendar year.  (The required number of hours is pro-rated based on the clergy's FTE.  For example, .5 FTE = 2 hours.)

List your continuing education hours for 2021.  Please list the number of hours for each training activity:

Section IV

Please describe your activities in the following groups:

Section V

All clergy with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are required to read, understand, and agree to abide by the following ministry policies of the region (available upon request through the Regional Office or at https://www.uppermidwestcc.org/for-clergy):

  • Ministerial Code of Ethics
  • Policies and Criteria for the Order of Ministry
  • Regional Policy on Clergy Sexual and Ethical Conduct
  • Design for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Furthermore, all clergy with standing should understand that these are the operational documents for the Region's Committee on Ministry and are the documents used by the Executive Unit in determining ministerial standing.

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