Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest
In keeping with the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), regions are responsible for reviewing and certifying the Standing of all ordained and commissioned Disciples clergy living or serving in the Upper Midwest region 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. Ministers with Standing may call upon the Christian Church for services, support, references, relocation assistance, denominational endorsement and scholarship aid.
Applications are Due by Friday, January 20, 2023
Failure to Complete and Submit this form by the due date will indicate that you no longer desire Standing.
Applications for standing are reviewed only by the members of the Executive Unit of the Committee on Ministry and all information shared on this form is kept confidential.
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 no longer intend to engage in ministry, using this form: Inactive Retired Clergy Standing Application.
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.
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.
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 2022 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 2022. Please list the number of hours for each training activity:
Please describe your activities in the following groups:
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):
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.