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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.