Conference staff provides support to local churches

The Conference Minister and staff provide support to local congregations and clergy. They also lead and direct ministries related to the current mission emphases of the Southwest Conference:

  • Church development and growth
  • Youth, young adult programs, camping and outdoor activities
  • Connection and communication
  • Advocacy for the United Church of Christ as UCC areas of concern
  • Programs to strengthen local churches

“Why the United Church of Christ: a taste of Lay Academy"

A presentation by Dr. John Dorhauer, UCC SW Conference Minister


Tasks of the Southwest Conference

Ministries to clergy and churches:

  • Assist congregations to find a new pastor or interim leadership
  • Offer crisis response and conflict management to pastors and churches
  • Support clergy renewal through continuing education and pastoral care
  • Celebrate ordinations, anniversaries, installations, and building dedications
  • Offer consultations and workshops on stewardship, Christian education, evangelism,and long-range planning
  • Start new churches, nurture them and renew existing congregations with support ministries and leadership subsidies

Empowerment for ministry and mission:

  • Work through the Board of Directors and the seven committees to set policies and develop ministries in mission emphases voted by church delegates to the annual meeting
  • Support campus ministries at six different institutions in the three-state area
  • Participate in the Arizona Ecumenical Council and the New Mexico Conference of Churches
  • Encourage local congregations doing hands-on missionProvide for future leadership of the church through support for Pacific School of Religion, our covenant partner in theological education, and our In-Care Students in seminary
  • Enable national and world ministries through support for Our Church's Wider Mission

Youth, young adult and camping ministries:

  • Sponsor summer youth camping program and "Sow the Seed" scholarships
  • Train camp directors and staff
  • Provide leadership and youth advisor training events
  • Organize yearly retreats for junior and senior high youth
  • Offer youth and young adult ministry networking and resourcing for local churches
  • Send youth and young adults to national and regional youth events
  • Encourage youth leadership through Conference Youth Council

For more information visit the Southwest Conference Website.


Casas Adobes Congregational Church, Tucson AZ Campus


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Casas Adobes
Congregational Church


6801 N. Oracle Road, Tucson AZ


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