The United Church Board recently voted to recommend changes in the UCC Constitution & Bylaws to the upcoming General Synod. These recommendations can be found on the Synod website by clicking on "Materials." Some of the recommended changes relate to authorized ministry, and we want to make you – our partners on Committees on Ministry – aware of those particular changes.
The Committee on Ministry Toolkit, developed following the Ministry Issues Pronouncement at General Synod 25, is an excellent orienting resource for COMs to reflect on your processes of work and to discern your best ministry as a committee.
This month, MESA is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Ministerial Profiles Portal, and I must say that we're still quite enthusiastic about the Profiles Portal and the ways that it supports ministry in the United Church of Christ.
Happy New Year! I write this month to share a variety of upcoming opportunities for Members in Discernment, which you might commend to the MIDs in your care as part of their ongoing formation.
With Christmas fast approaching, I write with gifts to share for your Committee on Ministry work!
The Manual on Ministry is a primary resource for Committee on Ministry work.
I wonder if this situation is familiar to you: “Our Committee on Ministry is preparing to meet with a Member in Discernment; our committee members include the MID's pastor and also an instructor from the MID's regional theological education program.
What does discernment look like in your Committee’s work?
As the summer wanes (already?!) and breezes begin to hint of autumn, all around us schools and churches are gearing up for the start of another program year.
Currently, MESA is noting an increased interest in chaplaincy and specialized ministries within the United Church of Christ.