Trainings and Events for Ministers

Below is a list of some upcoming trainings and events specifically for Ministers. Click on the links to be directed to more information about each event.

 Multiple Options Now Open For Ministry Training Requirements

Spring 2022 Courses

The Christian Church in Ohio, through its Commission On Ministry, seeks to ensure that all those in its care maintain the highest level of excellence for the Order of Ministry.  One of the ways in which we do this is to require several courses and trainings to enter into ministry, and then to require regular refresher courses to maintain ministerial standing to keep these skills and perspectives fresh. 

We require a Disciples History & Polity course for all of those seeking standing in ministry.  For those who attend a Disciples of Christ seminary, this course is often easily fulfilled in their seminary’s regular course offerings.  But for persons attending non-Disciples seminaries, for clergy seeking to transfer their standing to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as well as for Commissioned Ministers, it may be more difficult.  The Commission seeks to make obtaining this important course easier for everyone.

Additionally, the Commission On Ministry requires that all clergy complete a Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Course as well as a Clergy Healthy Boundary Course, and that these be updated every five years.  Because of COVID we have not had the opportunity to offer these courses in person here in the Region.  Likewise, we are eager to offer more accessible and more frequently available trainings in both of these areas.

The Commission on Ministry has decided that we will promote and recognize the online and in-person classes and trainings that are being offered by our Disciples seminaries as well as by the Faith Trust Institute (for clergy health boundaries) and Crossroads Institute (for Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training).  All these trainings, upon certification of completion by the institution, fulfill the requirements necessary for ordination, commissioning, and the recognition and maintenance of standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ohio.

It is the responsibility of each individual to research the requirements and pay for the costs for each program.  If there are questions about these options or you have concerns about costs, please reach out to the Commission On Ministry, via Rev. Allen V. Harris, at AHarris@ccinoh.org for more information. 


+ Disciples History & Polity +

*Lexington Theological Seminary

Disciples of Christ History and Polity (IP 570) May 20-28, 2022; Application deadline: April 18

Costs: $25 Registration Fee, $60 Tuition, $30 Tech Fee


Phillips Theological Seminary Center for Ministry & Lay Training

Disciples History and Polity

Instructor: CMLT Adjunct Faculty

An exploration and analysis of the history, polity and characteristic beliefs of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The course will include the origins, development, growth and current status of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and its related groups around the world; discussions of the characteristic beliefs and practices which make the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) a unique part of the universal church while celebrating the Disciples’ ecumenical pilgrimage; and an awareness of how the polity of the Disciples of Christ works.

 The online course is from March 7-May 1, 2022. The price of the course is $75. Click here to register: https://fs27.formsite.com/PtNxGa/form21/index.html


+ Clergy Healthy Boundaries Training +

*Lexington Theological Seminary: Clergy Wellness (IB 582) Boundaries Training, Feb. 14-26, 2022.  Application deadline: Jan. 10, 2022

Costs: $25 Registration Fee, $30 Tuition, $30 Tech Fee


Faith Trust Institute:  Online Healthy Boundaries 101:  There is not a spring 2022 offering of this course.  For more information and to watch for future courses: https://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/healthy-boundaries


+ Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training +

*Lexington Theological Seminary:

An Introduction to Faith-Rooted Anti-Racism (IB 555)  Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation, Feb. 28-March 12, 2022, Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2022

Costs: $25 Registration Fee, $30 Tuition, $30 Tech Fee


Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training: There are no spring 2022 offerings of this course.  For more information, and to look at future advanced courses being offered, register here: https://crossroadsantiracism.org/register/  


*For more detailed information on LTS’s Boundaries, DOC History and Polity and Anti-Racism courses and to register, please go online to:

     Here is the schedule: https://lextheo.edu/academics/academic-schedule/

     Here are course descriptions: https://lextheo.edu/academics/course-descriptions/

     The application link: https://lextheo.mycampus-app.com/app#login/apply


More information about these plus other events, meetings, and important dates can be found on the Regional Calendar.

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