UCC Lexicon

Advisory Commission: A temporary body appointed by the Executive Council.

Affiliated Ministry: A non-profit corporation which provides services to or for the United Church of Christ, whose Board of Trustees is elected by its corporate membership, and which was recognized previously as an instrumentality by the General Synod. The Pension Boards are an Affiliated Ministry.

Associated Ministry: A non-profit corporation which provides services to or for the United Church of Christ, whose corporate membership is nominated and elected by the Executive Council, and which was recognized previously as an instrumentality by the General Synod. The United Church Foundation is an Associated Ministry.

Association: That body within a Conference of the United Church of Christ which is composed of all local churches in a geographical area, all Ordained Ministers holding standing or ordained ministerial partner standing therein, all Commissioned Ministers of that Association, and those Licensed Ministers who have been granted voting membership in that Association

Biennium: For matters related to budgeting and programming, a biennium is the two-year period following January 1 of the year after a General Synod adjourns; for matters related to responsibility of Executive Council members and others elected by General Synod, a biennium is the two-year period from General Synod to General Synod.

Board of Directors: The policy-making body of a Covenanted or Associated Ministry.

Body: Any organized body at the national level of the United Church of Christ. The word

Caucus: A meeting of any group often convened with the intention of influencing policy decisions of a larger, more powerful body. A caucus is an informal group called at any time as respective members of that group strategizes on a particular issue.

Collegium of Officers: Composed of the Officers of the United Church of Christ, as defined in Article IV of the Constitution, the Collegium of Officers supports the Covenanted Ministries in carrying out their work in a spirit of coordination and cooperation. It is responsible for providing leadership for mission programming in the United Church of Christ and for the proper implementation of General Synod actions.

Conference: That body of the United Church of Christ which is composed of all local churches in a geographical area, all Ordained Ministers holding standing or ordained ministerial partner standing in its Associations or in the Conference itself when acting as an Association, all Commissioned Ministers in its Associations, and those Licensed Ministers who have been granted voting membership in its Associations.

Consult: To ask advice or opinion as a guide to one

Cooperate: To work with mutual efforts to promote the same objective.

Coordinate: To bring entities into causal, complementary, parallel, or reciprocal relationship; to harmonize.

Council: A body created by the General Synod for the principal purpose of advising the Officers or the Executive Council or other bodies of the Church. A Council

Covenanted Ministry: There are four covenanted ministries as defined and set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws, whose purpose is to capture the spirit as well as the substance of the relationships among the parts of the United Church of Christ in its national expression.

Executive Council: Acts for the General Synod ad interim and, in cooperation with the Collegium of Officers, shall provide coordination and evaluation of the work of the church and shall carry out such other responsibilities as may be from time to time delegated to it by the General Synod, provided that such responsibilities are not otherwise delegated to a Covenanted Ministry.

General Synod: The General Synod is the representative body of the United Church of Christ composed of delegates chosen by the Conferences, voting members of Board of Directors of Covenanted Ministry, and ex officio delegates.

Inter-Ministry Team: Consists of people from different Covenanted, Affiliated, Associated, and/or other Ministries who meet together to address a topic of common concern.

Local Church: The basic unit of the life and organization of The United Church of Christ is the local church.

Ministry Team: Consists of staff persons with related program responsibilities within a Covenanted Ministry, generally led by a Team Leader.

Mission Planning Council: Provides a multi-mission setting bringing together the Officers of the United Church of Christ and principal staff, leaders, or designated representatives of the Covenanted, Associated, and Affiliated Ministries for planning coordinated ministries and for visioning over a wide range of concerns.

Negotiate: To confer regarding a basis of agreement; to arrange for. 

Special Group: Any group of persons who represent a constituency with a particular concern or specialized interest. There may or may not be formal organizational ties. In order to be granted voice without vote by General Synod, a group must meet the criteria set forth by the standing rules.

Task Force: A body named by the General Synod or the Executive Council or body to perform a single precisely-defined undertaking within a given time. Any Task Force named by General Synod or the Executive Council is responsible to the Executive Council and immediately responsible to the Executive Council.

Collaborate: To labor as the associate of another; performing work together.

 

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