Your work with Members in Discernment is critical in the life of the United Church of Christ, as you journey with each MID to explore their gifts and discern their ministry (authorized or not) for the sake of Jesus Christ.
General Synod will be here before we know it (June 30 – July 4 in Baltimore), and we hope you’ll encourage your Members in Discernment to attend this important event in the life of the United Church of Christ.
February may be the shortest month of the year, but in our lives and for our world we are praying for each day to grow long with justice and for love to be ample among friends and strangers alike.
On behalf of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Team and the Habakkuk Group, I'm pleased to invite you to the 2017 Regional AM21 events – four two-day meetings across the UCC for the purpose of ongoing engagement with the drafted Manual on Ministry materials.
In this season of spending time with those we care about, the MESA Team invites you to mark your calendars to spend time with us in 2017 for a series of online Committee on Ministry trainings.
By this time next week, conference and association staff from across the denomination – along with members of the national staff, UCC partners, and Committee on Ministry representatives – will be making their way to San Antonio, Texas for the biennial AM21: Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century.
The United Church of Christ has a wealth of scholarships available for individuals in the denomination who are engaged in education, leadership and ministry. I invite you to share the following information widely with your Members in Discernment especially, and with the authorized ministers, local churches, and members in your regions who may benefit from these opportunities for education, faith-based projects, ministry support, and more.
As many of our local churches settle into the rhythms of the new program year, your Committees on Ministry may be preparing to start a new year of Information Reviews with the authorized ministers in your regions.
The Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team is pleased to invite you to sign-up for – and asks you to spread the word about – a new MESA resource coming this fall!
Since 2012, the MESA Ministry Team has hosted Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century (AM21), a gathering for conference staff during non-Synod years to collaborate and share wisdom on ministry authorization, oversight, and search & call. Each AM21 has a particular focus to highlight MESA resources and denomination-wide conversations in order to best meet the needs of our conferences.