Church & Ministry


The Division of Church and Ministry are seeking a volunteer to convene occasional gatherings of retired ministers from across the Southwest Association.

The is not set expectation about frequency or type of gatherings. Y0u have the freedom to structure the gatherings either in person or online or a combination. It is clear that some of our retired ministers would be grateful for the opportunity to visit with other retired colleagues.

If you are interested in or have questions, please contact one of the DCM co-chairs: Eldonna Hazen or Ruth Bradshaw.



The Church and Ministry Division of the Southwest Association oversees ministerial standing, pastoral relations, professional standards, in-care students, the relationship of pastors to parishes and specialized ministry. One of its functions is to authorize pastoral ministry for the Association.

Church and Ministry Update – The Division on Church and Ministry has adopted a new policy regarding ministers who request a transfer of their standing from another association into the SW Association. This is necessary when a congregation calls a new pastor from outside this area and the Division on Church and Ministry must grant him or her standing on behalf of the Association before that pastor can be formally installed as pastor. The significant change in the new policy is that the Association the person is coming from must forward any pertinent documents from the minister’s file as well as a letter of transfer.

You can read the whole SWA Policy-for-Transferring-Standing-1

New Authorized Ministry Compensation Guidelines

Anti-racism Training Policy for Authorized Ministers
Here is the link to Rev. Thomson’s letter about the anti-racism policy.

 


Members of Church & Ministry Division

Bradshaw, Rev. Ruth – Chair
Term end 2023

Breedlove, Lynn
Term end 2022

Brumm, Steve
Term end 2023

Drewsen, Rev. Ted
Staff Liaison

Drewsen, Rev. Ted
Term end 2023

Hackman,Rev.Todd
Term end 2022

Hazen, Rev. Eldonna
Term end 2022

Hodgkins, Kathy
Term end 2022

Kolden, Rev. Laura
Term end 2023

Pleva, Rev. Rich
Term ends 2022

Pugh, Dr. Tom– Registrar
Term end 2022

Thomley, Zanya
Term ends 2022

Viney, Ms. Gretchen
Term ends 2023

Voight, Rev. Beth
Term end 2022

 

 

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