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.
Annual committee turnover can be a great gift as well as logistical strain for Committees on Ministry, as new committee members bring fresh perspective and curious spirits but also need time to be brought “up to speed” on a committee’s current work and its function within UCC polity.
There are occasions when MESA is privileged to partner with Committees on Ministry on in-depth projects that benefit the whole church.
With the NBA playoffs underway and MLB opening day just behind us, it’s a great time to highlight one of the invaluable team players in this shared work of ministerial authorization, standing and oversight: the UCC’s Center for Analytics, Research & Data (CARD).
As the number of church pastorates declines and the number of specialized ministries increases, Committees on Ministry increasingly receive questions about endorsement for ministers who serve in certain institutional ministries (from VA hospitals to Federal Prison systems, from hospice facilities to college campuses).