United Church of Christ

February 2018

This month, the COMma newsletter shares specific information from Rev. Stephen Boyd, the Minister for Chaplains and Ministers in Specialized Settings, about the Clinical Pastoral Education component of Board Certification for hospital chaplains:


January 2018

The Ministerial, Excellence, Support and Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) is pleased to host Members in Discernment (MIDs) at the Church House in Cleveland on April 12-13, 2018.


December 2017

Leave of Absence is a formal category of standing for an Ordained Minister who is neither actively seeking nor engaged in professional ministry for a temporary season.


November 2017

The decisions of a Committee on Ministry directly impact whether a candidate or authorized minister may circulate a UCC Ministerial Profile. Following a Committee on Ministry’s assessment of a candidate’s readiness for authorized ministry in and on behalf of the UCC and subsequent to the affirmation of that assessment by an Ecclesiastical Council, candidates may circulate a ministerial profile.


October 2017

With an increasing interest in chaplaincy and specialized ministry among UCC authorized ministers, COMs are being asked more and more to participate in processes of ecclesiastical endorsement.


September 2017

The new draft of the Manual on Ministry enlarges our understanding and imagination for supporting authorized minister with a process called "Vocational Support." Previously known as "Periodic Support Consultations," Vocational Support provides opportunities for ministers to grow and be healthy in their vocations.


August 2017

The Ministerial, Excellence, Support and Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) is pleased to host Members in Discernment (MIDs) at the Church House in Cleveland on October 5-6, 2017.


July 2017

At General Synod earlier this month, MESA unveiled an engaging new polity curriculum to encourage the wider church's exploration of how the United Church of Christ thinks, works, and equips each part of the denomination – including its Committees on Ministry – to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.


June 2017

In a few short days, delegates and visitors from all over the country will join ecumenical guests from all over the world, national staff and the United Church of Christ Board in Baltimore, MD for the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ.


May 2017

The MESA Team is dedicated to supporting your essential work of ministerial authorization and oversight through regular 90-minute trainings offered online via the Zoom platform: