Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century
A biennial event for UCC Conference Staff hosted by Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization- (formerly known as Search and Call)

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December 4-7th at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana

Agenda Highlights

Tuesday Afternoon- Orientation for new Area/Associate Conference Ministers from 1:00-5pm

Tuesday Evening- Opening Banquet 5:30 pm & introduction to the event


Wednesday Morning- facilitated conversations on Formation and Authorization

  • What requirements exist for MIDs?
  • How are we living into Ministry Issues? 
  • What is the local church’s role in formation of MIDs?
  • Are we being realistic with MIDs?
  • How do our committees work with non-parish MIDs?

Wednesday Afternoon- facilitated conversations on Post-Authorization Issues

  • What requirements do we have for authorized ministers?
  • How are ministers networking?
  • Fitness Review Process
  • How do we support, assess and evaluate? 
  • Retired Clergy


Wednesday Evening

  • Sessions with Don Clark and the Collegium


Thursday Morning- facilitated conversations on Search and Call

  • Macro-Search and Call
  • Staffing Search and Call                 
  • Innovations in Search and Call
  • Non-traditional searches
  • Changing Role of Interim Ministry


Thursday Afternoon- facilitated conversations on Relationships with Local Churches

  • Role of COMs
  • Relationships between churches and their pastors
  • Financial Relationships between Conferences and Churches
  • Programmatic Relationships between Conferences and Churches
  • Church Theories


Thursday Evening- free time for conferences to gather / explore New Orleans


Friday Morning- pulling it all together, where do we go from here?

  • Reflections from Ecumenical Delegation
  • Small group collaboration
  • Plenary conclusions
  • Closing worship begins at 2:30
  • Farewells by 4pm


Saturday – Optional Activities

  • Post-Katrina Recovery Service Opportunities
  • Back Bay Mission Trip



*agenda subject to change.

When: December 4, 2012 at 1:00pm
Where: 717 Orleans Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Contact:  Holly MillerShank
Phone:   216-736-3881
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