Committees on Ministry
Association and Conference Leadership
Members of the Committee on the Ministry can
explore their vocation and the basics of their work using some of the resources
While the Manual on Ministry
will be a basic guide and resource, the Committee on Ministry “toolkit” is an
excellent introduction to the information in the Manual. The Frequently AskedQuestions section includes some brief summaries of information found in more
detail in the manual and elsewhere.
Committee on the Ministry Toolkit
This comprehensive interactive resource was designed to aid conference,
association and regional staff in the orientation and training of Committees on
the Ministry. The toolkit consists of four key components: (1) a 115
color-slide PowerPoint presentation, (2) Facilitator's Resource, (3)
Presentation Leader's Guide, (4) Committee Handouts.Topics include:
biblical resources; models for committee structure; committee selection;
nature, purpose, responsibility of the committee; case studies; models for
self-care; church relations; ministries in specialized settings; oversight and
accountability.The Toolkit is available to download here and a
CD has been sent to all conferences and associations for copying and
distribution.A few extra CD copies are available from Parish Life and
Leadership: 866-822-8224 Ext. 3848.
Dual Standing and
Privilege of Call [PDF]
This document briefly describes United Church of Christ ministerial standing
for those ordained in denominations other than the UCC. For more detail, see
the Manual on Ministry in the Resources section.
Formula of Agreement
Significant understandings have been developed between the UCC, Presbyterian
Church USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Reformed Church in
America whereby we recognize and honor each other's faith, practice and
ministries. The Orderly Exchange agreement allows ministers of one denomination
to be invited to consider serving a congregation in one of the other
denominations. Such invitations are extended by judicatory staff, thus allowing
ministers in one denomination to serve congregations in another denomination. Conference or association staff can assist pastors
seeking more information.
Agreement/Orderly Exchange (FOA) and Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing
There are distinct differences between the FOA/Orderly Exchange and OMPS
agreements. The former, between UCC, Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical
in America and Reformed
Church in America,
provides the opportunity for the minister of one denomination to be invited to
consider serving a church on one of the other denominations. The latter
agreement with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) provides opportunity
for ministers in each denomination to search for a position in the other
communion. This document indicates the process to be followed for the
FOA/Orderly Exchange and OMPS. Conference or association staff can assist
pastors seeking more information.
Form for UCC Ministers [PDF]
Manual on Ministry: Perspectives and Procedures for
Ecclesiastical Authorization of Ministry [PDF]
The Manual on Ministry serves as a guide for associations and conferences
serving as associations for the authorization of ministry on behalf of the
United Church of Christ. All sections of the manual are provided here in pdf
format. Also available from UCC Resources.
PLL Bulletin Archives
The PLL Bulletin is a monthly communication sent to conference and association
staff and shared with Committees on the Ministry. It contains topics of current
interest, updates on PLL's work, sharing of common concerns, regular columns
from those whose work affects Committees, and notifications of new events and
resources. This page contains archives of past issues, much of which remain of
interest to all Committee on the Ministry members.
of Discernment and Formation: Preparing for Authorized Ministry in the United
Church of Christ [PDF]
This brochure describes the process of discernment and looks briefly at the
role of each partner in this stage of preparation for authorized ministry in
the UCC. Copies may be obtained by calling 866.822.8224, ext. 3850.
The attached document briefly describes this form of authorized Ministry in the
United Church of Christ. For more detail, see the Manual on Ministry.
Ordained Ministry [PDF]
This document briefly describes the process of seeking ordination in the United
Church of Christ. For complete guidelines see the Manual on Ministry
Commissioned Ministry [PDF]
This document briefly describes this form of authorized Ministry in the United
Church of Christ. For more detail, see the Manual on Ministry in the Resources
The United Church of Christ Minister for Government Chaplaincies relates to the
100+ chaplains who serve in the Army, Navy and Air Force (active, reserve,
national guard), Veterans Administration and Federal Bureau of Prisons. These
documents outline how to apply for ecclesiastical endorsement in professional organizations or for government service.
Education Programs [PDF]
There are a variety of UCC- sponsored and other regional education programs available
locally. Some of their offerings may be appropriate for part of the preparation
for authorized ministry. Many offerings could be used for continuing
education of authorized persons. The attached listing includes contact
information and available websites.
Oversight of Ministry
Local Church Resources
Considering a New
Church Covenant in the United Church of Christ: A Process for Exploring,
Developing, and Affirming New Relationships [PDF]
This booklet describes a process of mutual exploration which will help a
non-affiliated church explore the United Church of Christ along with a UCC
Association. The goal of the exploration process is to decide whether to enter
into a formal covenanted relationship. See also the page for congregations considering ministry within the United
Church of Christ.
Congregations Sharing Ministry
For congregations which are considering linking or sharing
some programming or staff, these documents can introduce you to some of the
issues and options. GEMS
(Gods Ecumenical Ministry Shared) is for churches of different
denominations considering shared ministry. Getting Together:
Models and Processes for Local Church Cooperation describes five
different models to consider (Yoked, Cluster, Federated, Union
and Consolidated) and some characteristics and ways of collaborating.
This document, MINISTRY DURING THE INTERIM TIME, describes some common
understandings and procedures for this form of Ministry, as they have been
developing in the United Church of Christ.
Manual on Church:
Perspectives and Procedures for Association and Local Church Covenantal
The first section of this new resource explores the covenantal relationships
between local congregations and associations/conferences acting as
associations. It is to be used by and with Committees on the Ministry,
Association and Conference staff and local church members to help foster
dialogue and increased understanding of what it means to "walk together in
all God's ways" as expressions of the church.
Grants and Scholarships
Brown Grants [PDF]
Here you will find a description of these grants, the criteria for awards and
description of how to apply.
Grants for Personal and Vocational Crisis [PDF]The Personal and Vocational
Crisis fund aids ministers in seeking professional and vocational
counseling. These funds are made available through Make A Difference and
at the request of association and conference staff on behalf of authorized
ministers. Please apply for funds to Minister for Grants, Scholarships
and Resources, Parish Life and Leadership at 216-736-3839 or email@example.com.
"The gifts Christ gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." - Ephesians 4:11-12