COMma Archive

June 2016

Annual committee turnover can be a great gift as well as logistical strain for Committees on Ministry, as new committee members bring fresh perspective and curious spirits but also need time to be brought “up to speed” on a committee’s current work and its function within UCC polity.


May 2016

There are occasions when MESA is privileged to partner with Committees on Ministry on in-depth projects that benefit the whole church. 


April 2016

With the NBA playoffs underway and MLB opening day just behind us, it’s a great time to highlight one of the invaluable team players in this shared work of ministerial authorization, standing and oversight: the UCC’s Center for Analytics, Research & Data (CARD).


March 2016

As the number of church pastorates declines and the number of specialized ministries increases, Committees on Ministry increasingly receive questions about endorsement for ministers who serve in certain institutional ministries (from VA hospitals to Federal Prison systems, from hospice facilities to college campuses). 


February 2016

The work of conducting a Fitness Review is one of the more spiritually, emotionally, and logistically taxing responsibilities of Committees on Ministry.


January 2016

In celebration of the new year, I draw your attention to several new resources available from MESA.


December 2015

This Christmas, give the gift of a scholarship application to your Members in Discernment (MIDs)!


November 2015

This month, the MESA (Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization) Team highlights two particular programmatic resources that MESA provides to support your work with Members in Discernment and authorized ministers.


October 2015

When the Habakkuk Group hosted an open forum during General Synod in Cleveland this past summer, we invited questions about the group's process as well as people’s hopes & concerns for the Manual on Ministry. These are some of the questions asked of the Habakkuk Group during the forum.


September 2015

It's a joy for the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Team to be in ministry with you and to serve as a support to you in this work of authorization and oversight. Sometimes that joy is expressed through the smallest acts…