Path to Ministry

If you are interested in beginning on the path toward ministry with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Central Rocky Mountain Region, the first step is to meet with Dean Phelps, our Regional Minister. Please call 303-561-1790 to schedule a time to meet with Joan.

In September, 2012, the Regional Board approved the Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Central Rocky Mountain Region (CRMR), which is essentially an adoption of the General Church policies. The Regional Board also approved a condensed, more “reader-friendly” version of this new document called A Handbook for Candidates Seeking Standing as Ordained or Commissioned Ministers in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. It addresses the most common actions undertaken by the Committee on Standing and outlines more specifically how the Committee on Standing functions in the CRMR.

As you read the Handbook, please take note of a few policies: 1) requirements for Candidates for Ordination and Commissioning, 2) the Apprentice Track for Ordination, 3) standing for Commissioned Theological Students, 4) requirements for continued standing of all clergy, including Boundary Training every five years for active ministers, and 5) standing for retired Commissioned Ministers.

Below are the Policy and Criteria on the Order of Ministry. Feel free to download these documents and print them for your files. Click on any of the links below to download. Please contact the Regional Office or Debbie Gerkin, Chair of the Committee on Standing, if you have any questions.

(COTOM stands for Commission on the Order of Ministry)

COTOM – A – Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria

COTOM  – B – Handbook for Candidates

COTOM C – Application for Commissioned Ministry – amended 02/18/2015

COTOM D – Application for Ordained Ministry– amended 08/5/2015

COTOM – E – Application for Transfer of Credentials – amended 08/5/2015

Other helpful resources:

STUDENT GIFT PROGRAMS THOUGH THE PENSION FUND
The Pension Fund of the Christian Church is deeply committed to supporting ministers and those working to enter ministry. It is their hope that through the Student Gift Programs they can create an environment of support to sustain ministry for the Church.

The Pension Fund offers the Student Gift Membership Program and the Student Health Care Premium Assistance Gift Program.

Eligible applicants to the Student Gift Membership Program will receive substantial benefits through paid dues, including:

  1. survivor benefits for family – spouse, child and/or estate
  2. disability protection
  3. age retirement pension
  4. participation in a pilot program, Ministry-Life Choices for Seminarians

The Student Health Care Premium Assistance Gift Program provides health care assistance to seminarians by providing premium assistance with one-half the cost, up to $300.00 per month.

Applications:
Student Gift Membership Program Application
Student Health Care Premium Assistance Gift Program Application

If you have any questions regarding the Student Gift Programs, please contact Aaron Smith, Director of Employer Services at asmith@pensionfund.org or 317‑713-2604.