Those serving in the ministry of Conferences and Associations are, increasingly, the denomination's "sandwich generation": they witness to, walk with and work through both the dying and the birthing of ministries. Association and Conference Ministers support leadership formation and authorization, congregational search and call, regional ministry programs, and they shape vision for church vitality.
The Ministerial MESA Ministry Team supports regional and judicatory ministers in the United Church of Christ, especially through the biennial event AM21: Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century (held most recently in Savannah, Georgia, in December 2014). MESA is pleased to equip Judicatory Ministers and Conference Staff with the following tools for the ongoing work of authorization, oversight, and search-and-call. As these tools are updated for a church that is ever-changing in the 21st century, these files will be revised accordingly. Please check back frequently to use the latest versions of these files; dates are noted within the documents for reference.
to embody interdependence as we shape and sharpen tools
necessary for building up faithful and effective leaders
of the present and still-coming Body of Christ.
Quick links to resources for Association and Conference Ministers:
- Sample Call Agreement
- Vocabulary for Pastoral Positions
- Guidelines for Ecclesiastical Endorsement
- Procedures for Transfer of Ministerial Standing
- Sample Three-Way and Four-Way Covenants
- Sample Application for Privilege of Call/Dual Standing
- Information Review Form, for annual reporting between authorized ministers and Committees on Ministry
- Fitness Review Reporting Form
- Roles of the Response Team in a Fitness Review
- The Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers, including the Marks Rubric (especially for Committees on Ministry) and the Journaling the Journey workbook (especially for Members in Discernment and authorized ministers)
- Manual on Ministry
- Manual on Church
- 2005 Proclamation on Ministry Issues
- The Marks of Faithful and Effective Boundary Awareness Trainers