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.

1.5 CEUs

August 16-19, 2017
Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, California

This class, which will be taught by Rev. Jose Francisco Morales, DSF's Director of Pastoral Formation, will survey the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from its founding two centuries ago to the contemporary manifestations of the church. 

Register online at For additional information regarding the course description, fees, daily meeting times, etc., please download the brochure.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Wallace All Faiths Chapel of the Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University

Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, will be speaking at 7 pm in the . His topic will be, "Does the Trump Administration Support Separation of Church and State?"

Lynn is an activist, author, and lawyer in the civil liberties field as well as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He is an accomplished speaker and is often addressing First Amendment issues on a wide variety of national news shows. He has been the Executive Director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in Washington DC for 25 years.  Find his full bio at CEU credits will be available.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all Americans.

We envision an America where everyone can freely choose a faith and support it voluntarily, or follow no religious or spiritual path at all, and where the government does not promote religion over non-religion or favor one faith over another.

Download the event flyer here. To learn more about the work of AU go to


.5 CEUs

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills, CA

Since the publication of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s Generation to Generation, many pastors and other church leaders have become aware of Bowen family systems theory as a way of understanding congregational dynamics. Family systems theory identifies differentiation of self and anxiety as two key variables impacting human functioning.

The seminar on Leadership and Anxiety in the Church looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.

The seminar is comprised of a series of PowerPoint presentations originally conceived for LMPC’s Advanced Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process. Works of art from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras are integrated at various points to facilitate theological reflection on the themes being presented.

For additional information and to register, visit or download this coupon.



Monday, October 16, 2017 through Friday, October 20
Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Avenue, Claremont

Clergy coaching equips pastors with the knowledge and expertise to be effective leaders and compensates for the missing skills they were unaware they would need. The training will be provided under the guidelines of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and will offer a certification of Associate Certificate in Coaching (ACC). Clergy coaching is exploding across the country and in multiple denominations. 

The coaching certification training program consists of 64 hours of coursework through an accredited training program (Coaching4Clergy), plus 10 hours of mentor coaching. After 100 hours of coaching offered by the clergy, he or she will be able to request the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation offered through the International Coach Federation. Tuition is $1,971 (with discount; regular price is $2,190), and the 10-Hour Mentor Coaching Requirement costs $1,500 (This can be done any time after completing the course). Visit to enroll. We are offering a discounted rate to all DOC ministers enrolling in the course. Just enter code, SOCAL20, at checkout.

For questions contact: Rev. Dr. Felix C. Villanueva, UCC Conference Minister, at 626-275-8755 or email at



November 13-17, 2017 (five day seminar)
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills, CA

The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.

Although focused primarily on the church setting, the skills learned are directly transferable to other settings. Thus, managers in business, attorneys, experienced mediators, and others in leadership will be enriched by the training as well.

For additional information and to register, visit or download this brochure.