Rev. Jenny Crosswhite, pastor of First Christian Church Santa Paula

Rev. Jenny Crosswhite, pastor of First Christian Church Santa Paula

All Licensed and Ordained Ministers in the Pacific Southwest Region are required to meet the minimum standard of 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per year to maintain standing in the PSWR, effective January 1, 2006. 1.5 CEUs equals 15 hours of instructional time.   

Ministers can earn CEUs by attending either Regionally sponsored and other religious/spiritual educational opportunities not sponsored by the PSWR. 

To apply for CEU credit for Regionally sponsored events, a CEU credit form will be provided for you at the event and will be stamped by event leaders at the end of the event. The minister is then required to submit this stamped form to the Regional Office for the credit to be applied to their ministerial profile. Submit the form and documentation via email to or a copy mailed to the Regional Office. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

To apply for CEU credit for events not sponsored by the PSWR, download and print the PSWR CEU Form. Complete the form and attach proper proof that you completed the instructional hours. Submit the form and documentation via email to or a copy mailed to the Regional Office. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

Upcoming CEU opportunities will often be shared via PSWR E-Shout. Use the form below to sign up to receive these emails. Please scroll down below for a list of upcoming CEU opportunities. You can also check the PSWR Regional Calendar and the Regional Blog for information on upcoming events.


.7 CEUs

July 11 –  Campus Bible, Fresno
July 13 – Christ’s Church of the Valley, Etiwanda Campus, Rancho Cucamonga

Assemble your key decision makers, safety teams, interested staff and volunteers and join ChurchWest Insurance and our ministry safety and security specialists for these potentially life-saving safety and security learning opportunities. 

This year we’ll cover not only the active shooter crisis (the hottest of hot topics) from the perspective of creating an open and inviting ministry that offers distraction-free worship and keeps your congregation safer, but also topics like child predators in ministry & schools, domestic violence spillover, volunteer safety & security operations, MOAB training for aggressive behavior, and assessing church safety and security readiness.

For more information and to register, click here.



August 15-17, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 18 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Disciples Seminary Foundation, 300 West Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

This course surveys the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), from its founding two centuries ago to its contemporary witness, expressions, challenges, and promises. Emphasis is placed on the context of North American Christianity, the interaction of the church with the wider culture, and the denomination's cooperation with, and resistance to, forms of oppression, especially racism and imperialism. Alongside this critical approach, the course is simultaneously pastoral in its intent, focusing on the usefulness of Disciples history for understanding the denomination's current contours, strengths, and areas of needed reform. 

The course explores the present functioning of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in its expressions. An analysis of the theological roots and posture of the Disciples tradition (and Restoration traditions) is examined, as well as a discussion of the missional status, directions and projections of Disciples as a movement. 

Register online at and click the "register" or "pay" button, or register via mail by sending a check (payable to DSF) to 300 W Foothill blvd Claremont Ca 91711. Be sure to write "History and Polity" on the memo line. For more information, call 909 624-0712 or email Jess Kim at


.8 CEUs

Saturday September 1, 2018 from 10 AM - 3 PM and Wednesdays September 5, 12, and 18, 2018 from  7 PM - 8:30 PM
*The course begins with a mini-retreat and is followed by three subsequent weekly sessions.

Would you like to have more genuine compassion for yourself? Do you want to develop your capacity to stay centered in compassion in the face of people who agitate and even aggravate you? The Compassion Practice is one path to living out the instruction to love one’s neighbor and oneself.

Cultivating compassion for oneself and for others is a practice at the heart of most religious traditions. In the Christian tradition, the way of Jesus is the way of radical compassion, extending even to one’s enemies. How is it possible to develop deep compassion for oneself and for other people? The Center for Engaged Compassion has developed a 12 session practice we can carry with us our life long. The first half of this course will be offered through First Christian Church of Pomona in September. This portion covers developing self-compassion, receiving compassion from others, deepening compassion for people for whom we care and learning to manage our interior reactivity when triggered.

Saturday Sept. 1 10am-3pm Mini-Retreat, lunch provided.

The Compassion Practice is introduced along with a number of guided meditations and practices one can use easily on one’s one. There is time for quiet reflection on one’s own, group conversation and instruction.

Wednesdays Sept. 5, 12 and 18 7-8:30pm  These weekly sessions move into the second phase of Compassion Practice, guiding participants through a process of inner hospitality. Guided meditations, time for quiet reflection on one’s own, group conversation and instruction are included.

It is recommended participants read “Practicing Compassion” or “Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus” by Frank Rogers of The Center of Engaged Compassion. There is a donation of $30 requested to cover costs associated with the course. Contact Julie Roberts-Fronk at First Christian Church of Pomona: (909) 622-1144



CEUs determined by days/workshops attending

September 17-21, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana

Registration is now open for the 2018 class of Leadership Academy! Leadership Academy is an interactive learning experience for leaders in both church planting and transformational ministry.

This annual event brings together trailblazers from across the life of the church to share leadership experiences, wisdom, and training. This five-day intensive is hosted by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Pastors, leaders and church planters come together to collaborate with colleagues in church development, including headliners:

  • Terri Hord Owens – General Minister and President for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada
  • Eric Law – Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Institute
  • Angela Whitenhill – Mental Health Initiative Manager of the National Benevolent Association
  • Mac Lake – Congregational Leader Development Consultant

Commit your core team to a life-changing experience designed to stretch and challenge you with speakers, interactive workshops, discernment exercises, camaraderie and more. Register today at



Beloved Compassion Network Presents
.6 CEUs

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with registration beginning at 9 a.m.)
Church of the Valley, 6565 Vesper Avenue, Van Nuys, CA   

Dr. Alane Daugherty is a writer, speaker, and professor at Cal Poly. Grounded in science and practice, her work focuses on teaching people how to transform chaotic living into a new life.

Based on cutting edge research from her physiology lab at Cal Poly, Dr. Alane will share her findings of transformative powers of gratitude, hope, and empathy. Participants in this workshop will engage to related spiritual practices and activities that will take you deeper – into your heart – and ever closer to our True Source of compassion.

Registration is now available. Click here to learn more and to register.
Visit for more information about the Beloved Compassion Network.


.6 CEUs

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Disciples Seminary Foundation, 300 West Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711


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.5 CEUs

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Disciples Seminary Foundation, 300 West Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

In this time when some are hostile and many are indifferent to the church, there are congregations that thrive! What is their secret? In this workshop, we will explore how thriving congregations let go of well-worn behaviors and cultivate four connections that make for new life. We are excited to announce and to extend an invitation to join us for a spiritually enriching and dynamic workshop led by Rev. Dr. Ruth Fletcher.

Dr. Fletcher has acquired many years of experience by means of her pastoral, judicatory, and consulting work. For more information about Dr. Fletcher or the event, download the flyer here. This event is co-sponsored by Disciples Seminary Foundation and the Pacific Southwest Region. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at


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October 23 - 25, 2018
Disney Embassy Suites, Anaheim, CA

An event to inspire your ministry and your church to grow through the power of love.
Register now

“Love provides all the power we need to re-energize our ministries, re-charge our lives, and re-direct our communal journeys in vital and transformative ways.” ~ Mary Scifres

Love can provide all the power we need to re-energize our ministries, re-charge our life batteries, and re-direct our ministry journeys in vital and life-changing ways. Learn more about Mary Scifres.