Completing the Clergy Ethics Training at least once every three years is a vital part of maintaining your standing with the Christian Church Disciples of Christ.
These educational events provide opportunities to refresh your knowledge on continuing ethical issues and learn new information about hot topics such as social media ethics, financial ethics and other 21st century issues. You may also learn self-care tips to prevent burn-out and keep the minister and congregation healthy.
For clergy entering the Search and Call system, completion of at least one course every three years is required to obtain a letter of reference or verify good standing from the any of the Regional Ministers.
2018 Course Options
Clergy Ethics Dates for 2018 All offerings are from 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Healthy Boundaries 101: Wednesday, Feb. 7 at First Christian Sterling. Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker will present Faith Trust Institute training. Host Rev. Tanya Tyler and Rock River/Blackhawk North
Clergy Self-Care: Tuesday, April 10 at First Christian Benton. Rev. Canon Al Keeney and Rev. Scott Woolridge will lead. Host Rev. Kurt Sanders and the Southern Cluster
Healthy Boundaries 201: Saturday, Sept. 15 at First Christian Paris. Rev. Rebecca Kirby presenting on Conflict Transformation Skills for congregational leaders—Lombard Mennonite Peace Center model. Host Rev. Michael Dixon and Lakeland Cluster
Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism: Monday, Nov. 5 at First Christian Pekin. PRAR Team representatives will lead. Host Rev. Mark Foligo and the Illinois Valley Cluster
UCC Course Options
Lexington Theological Seminary
History & Polity Registering Now
If you need a Disciples History and Polity course for the Commission on Ministry, NOW is the time to apply! Lexington Theological Seminary offers History & Polity twice per year (May and November) and registration is now open for May. You need to be admitted as either an Auditor or Special Student (check with the Commission on Ministry to determine which) before you can register. This 4-week online course allows you to complete the course without a trip to Lexington. The course allows you to study at any time of the day – when it is convenient for you! Auditors are welcome to apply with the short Application to Audit form found here. Special Students will need to use the longer application, submit transcripts and provide 1 letter of recommendation. All students Under Care of the Region can take the class for $240 (50% scholarship). For more information, contact Erin Cash, Director of Admissions at [email protected] or (859) 280-1249. Don’t wait! This course fills up quickly!