Requirements to Maintain Standing

Continuing Education

Regional Policy (Updated 10.28.14) The Commission on Clergy establishes the requirements for continuing education by all clergy seeking “active clergy standing,” in the Christian Church in Oklahoma (Disciples of Christ). Realizing that ministry takes place in a rapidly changing world, the purpose of continuing education is to strengthen ministerial leadership in both familiar and challenging new ways. So that it may be genuinely helpful, “continuing education” is to be interpreted broadly.

Click here to read the full policy.

Healthy Boundaries Training (updated 09/30/21)

The Commission on Clergy has established its policy for Healthy Boundaries training. In Oklahoma, clergy are required to complete a Healthy Boundaries seminar or its equivalent every three years. The purpose of this training is to equip clergy and staff to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships. Click here to read the full policy.

Healthy Boundaries 101
The first phase of HB 101 training was gradually implemented across the Region over the last three years. From this point forward it will only be offered once annually. It is a prerequisite to the 201 Seminar.
Healthy Boundaries 201
The policy requires clergy to take the Healthy Boundaries 201 Seminar within 42 months (3 1/2 years) of having taken the 101 Seminar, and thereafter every three years. (See chart) Completing this training is a requirement for standing for active and retired-active clergy.

Update September 30, 2021
If you needed Healthy Boundaries 201 in 2020 (for 2021 standing), you should have been contacted about the October 2021 online course. See the registration link below. Deadline for registration is October 9.

If you needed Healthy Boundaries 201 in 2021 (for 2022 standing), you will be able to take this course online in early 2022. Registration will open soon. You will not be penalized when you submit your Request for 2022 Ministerial Standing application. The grace period will end with the 2023 Request for Ministerial Standing.

Schedule & Cost
The Healthy Boundaries 201 Seminar will be offered the fall of 2021 and winter of 2022. See schedule below. The classes are open to everyone statewide and will be held via Zoom. The cost is $70 and counts as 6 contact hours of continuing education.

Healthy Boundaries 301
If you needed Healthy Boundaries 301 in 2021 or 2022 (for 2022 or 2023 standing), we are creating this course and will offer it spring of 2022. We will notify you when registration opens. The grace period will end with the 2023 Request for Ministerial Standing.

PRAR Training

The Commission on Clergy voted in 2019 to require all active and retired-active clergy to attend a one-day Pro-Reconciliation Anti-Racism (PRAR) training session for standing in 2020 and beyond. Training schedules are pending.

How Do You Know When To Meet the Deadline?

To determine the date you must meet the HB 201 deadline, add the date you took HB 101 and add 42 months. Example: 101 completed Fall 2018 + 42 months = Fall 2022 to meet 2023 standing requirements.

To determine the date you must meet the HB 301 deadline, add the date you took HB 201 and add 3 years. Example: 201 completed Fall 2018 + 3 years = Spring 2021 to meet 2022 standing requirements.

Healthy Boundaries Deadlines to Meet Standing Requirements

Healthy Boundaries Requirements Chart

Special Circumstances
If you are a minister who recently moved to the Oklahoma Region or entering the Christian Church (DOC) from another denomination, please review the complete policy document.

HB 201 Training Schedule

Date Time Cont. Educ. Location Cost Register
October 23 & 30, 2021 • Saturdays Two 3-hour sessions each day from 9am – Noon 6 contact hours Via Zoom $70 includes workbook (shipped to you) Register Here
October 26 & 28, 2021 • Tuesday & Thursday SOLD OUT Two 3-hour sessions each day from 9am – Noon 6 contact hours Via Zoom $70 includes workbook (shipped to you) Register Here

HB 101 Training Schedule

Date How to Register
2022 To Be Determined Not Yet Available