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Anti-Racism and Healthy Boundaries Online Course

Cultivating Wellness: Anti-Racism and Healthy Boundaries for Clergy & Congregations

Online Two-Week Course from Lexington Theological Seminary

March 16-29, 2020

Work at your own pace in your home or office

Professors: Dr. Yvonne Martinez Thomas and Rev. April Johnson

Tuition: $60 (50% scholarship for LTS alumni)
Registration Fee: $65
Technology Support Fee: $30

Contact Admissions with Questions: Erin Cash (859) 280-1249

Course Description

This half-credit, two week online course will help to further equip clergy for pastoral leadership across ministry settings by addressing issues pertaining to boundaries and racism in the Church. The goal of the course is to facilitate authentic fellowship and communication with God’s people in congregational and denominational life. It is also intended to help students and clergy meet standing requirements regarding healthy boundaries and anti-racism.

The call to ordained ministry continues to be recognized by many persons to be a blessed and consecrated call. People of all ages, educational backgrounds, employment histories, and socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds continue to hear and respond to the call to ordained ministry and to para-church and faith-based organizations, social /community agencies, heath care institutions, among others. Yet, many clergy feel unprepared for meeting the myriad of challenges they face as they lead congregations during times heightened by social, cultural, and religious change Therefore, the establishment and maintenance of healthy boundaries within diverse ministry contexts become an integral part of cultivating clergy wellness and congregational heath.

Moreover, racism, considered to be America’s original sin[1], has left an indelible mark on the soul of America, its people, and the Church. The importance of clergy, pastoral leadership, and congregations to grasp the gravity and severity of racism in one’s personal life, relationship with others, and with God is paramount to co-creatinghealthy anti-racist congregations that seek to heal the people of God and dismantle the racist structures that exist in society and in the Church.

[1] Jim Wallis, America’s Original Sin: Racism. White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, (Michigan, Brazos Press, 2016), xix-xxv.

2020-02-17T10:06:12-06:00Feb 17, 2020|Clergy News, PRAR|0 Comments

2020 Healthy Boundaries & PRAR Training Dates

Healthy Boundaries 201 Training

Registration is now open for Healthy Boundaries training workshops. You may review all the Healthy Boundaries training requirements, dates and registration information on our page for Clergy Standing Requirements. Click here. Tip: Your Healthy Boundaries 101 training date appears on your most recent standing form. Use this chart to determine when you need to complete the 201 workshop.

Date: March 12, 2020 – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Disciples Center, 301 NW 36th St., Oklahoma City
Cost: $70 + $3.10 processing fee (includes lunch & materials)
Continuing Education: 7 contact hours
Click to Register

Date: March 14, 2020 – Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Disciples Center, 301 NW 36th St., Oklahoma City
Cost: $70 + $3.10 processing fee (includes lunch & materials)
Continuing Education: 7 contact hours
Click to Register

Fall Training dates will be announced in the future.

PRAR (Pro-Reconciliation Anti-Racism) Training

Registration is now open for the final offering of PRAR training. You may review all the training requirements, dates and registration information on our page for Clergy Standing Requirements. Click here.

NOTE: These are the ONLY times PRAR will be offered in 2020.

Date: March 18, 2020 – Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Disciples Center, 301 NW 36th St., Oklahoma City
Cost: $35 + $2.05 processing fee (includes lunch & materials)
Continuing Education: 7 contact hours
Click to Register

Date: March 21, 2020 – Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Disciples Center, 301 NW 36th St., Oklahoma City
Cost: $35 + $2.05 processing fee (includes lunch & materials)
Continuing Education: 7 contact hours
Click to Register

2020-02-06T12:13:36-06:00Feb 6, 2020|Clergy News|0 Comments

March 23, 2020: Retired Ministers Gathering

Dear Retired Clergy Friends,

The next gathering of the Retired Ministers Fellowship will take place on Monday, March 23, 2020. We hope you’ll join us at Southern Hills Christian Church located at 3207 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK. Please plan to join us for lunch following the meeting. The lunch location will be announced at the meeting. More details including the start time will follow soon.

Our meetings are primarily fellowship, and occasionally a program.

We are working toward several gatherings each year and want to invite you to participate. We are imagining these gatherings to be three times per year: one in the OKC area, one in the Tulsa area, and one alternating between Stroud and Enid.

Future 2020 gatherings will be:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Christian Church of the Covenant located at 1205 S. Cleveland, Enid

Please make your reservation through the Regional Office by contacting Ellen Beer, Exec. Assistant at (405) 528-3577 (M-Th 8:30 am-4:30 pm) or emailing Spouses and friends are welcome to join.

We look forward to seeing you!

Rev. Bill Shields                              Regional Minister Rev. Pam Holt
(405) 820-5693                                (940) 327-9282                

2020-01-13T11:18:06-06:00Jan 13, 2020|Clergy News|0 Comments

January 14: INTEGRIS Pastoral Care Presents: Moral Injury – Healing the Wounds of Ministry

INTEGRIS Pastoral Care is pleased to offer a live presentation for clergy and clinical staff on January 14, 2020 from 1-4pm, titled “Moral Injury: Healing the Wounds of Ministry”.

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 1 – 4pm
Where: INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Auditorium
Address: 3300 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
Presenter: Tommy Goode, D. Min., director, Moral Injury Institute, Springfield, Mo.
No registration required for this free program. This event will be preceded by a dutch treat luncheon in the conference room “L” near the cafeteria and the auditorium. Hope you can join us.

This presentation focuses on professional spiritual caregivers roles (including chaplains, pastors and other clergy). Those who have experienced trauma-based personal and professional life experiences may struggle with the effects of social/emotional/spiritual wounds, which are identified as moral injuries.

This woundedness may result from personal moral failure, experiences in professional ministry resulting from the actions of others, and/or that which is often referred to as secondary trauma. This may sometimes be expressed as wishing for a “do-over.”

Various professional groups (doctors, nurses, therapists, pastors, chaplains, etc.) now identify moral injury wounds. There are few, if any, predictors of when the struggle with moral injury may occur. Accident, injury, loss or critical incident medical treatment may trigger flashbacks and/or other reactions to the trauma-event that resulted in moral injury. This presentation proposes to provide timely and needed knowledge and practice insights for those charged with the spiritual-care and wellness concerns of themselves and those in their care.

Clergy will receive 3 continuing education hours for this event.

2020-01-09T11:10:28-06:00Jan 8, 2020|Clergy News|1 Comment

Northeast Area Sponsors Clergy Retreat

Revive Us Again
Drink Again from God’s Living Waters
Clergy Retreat – Feb 9-11

Join your colleagues from the Northeast Area and around the Region for time away, continuing education, and connections to others that share the vocation of ministry.  The NEACCO Council has planned a short clergy retreat for those serving in active ministry in congregations or other settings.

The retreat is at Postoak Lodge just outside of Tulsa.  It will feature sessions led by Robert C. Saler, Director of Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program, and Elise Barrett, author and consultant for Center for Congregations on the topics of sabbaticals and spirituality.  There will be time for conversation, rest, and worship.  If you have questions, please contact Rev. Kevin Howe at Harvard Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa or Rev. Michael Davison at the Regional Office.

This retreat is underwritten by the NEACCO Council through the generous gifts of Northeast Area congregations and NEACCO endowments to keep the cost affordable.

$100 [2 nights lodging, all meals, snacks, & program]
$75 [Monday only includes program, lunch, & dinner]

Space for 22 overnight participants (single room) and shared room for clergy couples.  Register by Jan 9 to ensure overnight lodging.

Click here to register.

Retreat Schedule
Sunday, February 9
3:00 pm Arrival / Check-in
4:00 Opening Session
5:30 Break
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Evening Worship
9:00 Social Time

Monday, February 10
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 Session
12:00 Lunch
1:00 pm Free Time (Rest, Read, Write, Hike, Fish, or ?)
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Session
9:00 Social Time

Tuesday, February 11
8:00 Breakfast
9:15 Closing Worship
10:30 Check Out / Safe Travels / Lunch on your own

2020-01-01T07:28:50-06:00Jan 1, 2020|Clergy News|0 Comments

January 23-24, 2020: Remind & Renew

Registration for Remind & Renew 2020 is now open. Remind & Renew, At the Intersection of Jesus and Justice, will take place on January 23–24, 2020 at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Throughout history, Christian churches have deliberated on the definition of justice in the context of Christianity. Two Phillips Theological Seminary faculty members, Dr. Ellen Blue and Dr. Richard Ward, will explore the relationship between the two during the Remind and Renew Conference.

The Rev. Alexis Carter Thomas will preach for Remind & Renew 2020. In a special evening event, Dr. Charles Kimball will present a talk on Jan. 23 in the evening.

Sign up by Jan. 4 and receive the early registration discount. CLICK TO REGISTER

Lodging can be booked at a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Tulsa. CLICK HERE TO BOOK. Hampton Inn & Suites is located at 3418 South 79th E. Ave in Tulsa, OK.

2019-12-12T10:28:20-06:00Dec 12, 2019|Clergy News|1 Comment

Joys & Sorrows Among Our Colleagues


Congratulations to Gregory and Kathryn Chambers who were married at First Christian Church in Gainesville, Texas on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Gregory is a student at Brite Divinity School and the son of Rev. Steven Chambers and Carolyn Chambers, New Hope Christian Church, Oklahoma City.


  • Rev. Arnold Nelson’s brother, Mark A. Nelson of LaVergne, Tennessee, passed away on August 29, 2019.
  • Rev. Chuck Jackson’s mother, Bonnie Ruth Jackson, Tulsa, passed away on October 13, 2019.
  • Eric Gray’s brother, Christopher D. Gray, Stratham, New Hampshire, passed way suddenly on October 16, 2019.
  • Rev. Marilyn Merle’s father, Walter Rogalla, Wheatridge, Colorado, passed away on October 30, 2019.
  • Rev. Kathy Weaver’s mother, Norma Rountree, Oklahoma City, passed away on November 11, 2019.
2019-11-12T10:48:39-06:00Nov 12, 2019|Clergy News|Comments Off on Joys & Sorrows Among Our Colleagues

2020 Ministerial Standing Forms

2020 Standing Forms Now Available

2020 Ministerial Standing Forms will be mailed October 31, 2019, which contain information we have on record for active and inactive clergy. You may update and return this form or complete a fillable PDF form.

For more details or to download a form click HERE. Submission deadline is December 2, 2019.

Questions About Standing Requirements
For questions about requirements for standing, please contact Rev. Debi Powell-Maxwell, Chair of Commission on Clergy at (405) 205-8071 or email

Questions on Completing the Form
If you have questions on how to complete the form, please contact Ellen at the Regional Office (405) 528-3577 M-Th 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or email

2019-10-30T12:35:26-05:00Oct 30, 2019|Clergy News|Comments Off on 2020 Ministerial Standing Forms

Oct. 18, 2019: FREE Clergy Continuing Education Opportunity in Tulsa, OK

Hillcrest Medical Center (OHI Lecture Hall) invites you to a FREE Pastoral Care Conference. The topic of the conference is “Being Good Shepherds in God’s Pasture”, presented by Professor Warren Carter. Clergy will receive 3 hours of continuing education for this conference. Click HERE to view the flyer.

This presentation focuses on the metaphor of shepherd and sheep in the biblical tradition. Biblical passages often address shepherds as societal leaders and ask questions about how society is organized, who benefits and who gets hurt. These passages raise matters that are of crucial importance for contemporary faith communities.

Conference Schedule:

  • 8am: Registration and Complimentary Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15am: Session I – Why Are the Sheep Bleating?
  • 10:15am – 10:30am: Break
  • 10:30am- noon: Session II – Shear Them – Don’t Skin Them!

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Location: Hillcrest Medical Center OHI Lecture Hall, 1125 S. Trenton, Tulsa, OK
Registration: email or call 918-579-6210

2019-10-09T13:26:43-05:00Oct 8, 2019|Clergy News|1 Comment

Oct. 28 – 29: Ministry in Transition Seminar in Kansas

Registration is now open for the “Ministry in Transition Seminar”. This training is to learn ministerial leadership skills during times of crisis or transition.

Learn where your congregation is and what gives it life, and lead the leaders from stasis to new life

Your instructors are Steve Bridwell, interim minister since 2001, assisted by Renee Bridwell, Kansas Regional Minister. Steve is currently in his 13th Intentional Interim ministry, and Renee has been on regional staff since 2008.

Learn tools for diagnosing the body of Christ, assessing congregational health, and welcoming a robust future. This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Christian Church in Oklahoma & in Kansas; leadership costs are subsidized by a grant from the Kansas Bible Chair. (Learn more about the Kansas Bible Chair here)

Where: Disciples Center at Tawakoni located at 8492 SW Tawakoni Rd. Augusta, KS
When: October 28 – 29, 2019
Time: Begins at 2pm on October 28 – ends at 3pm on Tuesday
Registration: Paid registration is required by Friday, October 25; the $110 fee covers 4 meals, lodging, and materials. Register by October 11 and save $25. No Refunds after Friday, October 18.

  • Online Registration Coming Soon: at (NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.)
  • Or Mail Registration: Download the flyer HERE and mail registration form with payment to: Topeka Regional Office, 2914 SW MacVicar, Topeka 66611. (Make check payable to Christian Church in Kansas)


  • XL Twin sheets or sleeping bag
  • Towels & toiletries
  • Notebook
2019-10-08T11:01:14-05:00Oct 8, 2019|Clergy News|Comments Off on Oct. 28 – 29: Ministry in Transition Seminar in Kansas