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.
On the occasion when I'm asked to talk about Local Church Ministries with a youth group or confirmation class that is touring the UCC National Offices, I use the image of the table to describe LCM's role in the United Church of Christ.
Please hold in prayer the Habakkuk Group, which meets on June 3-5 to begin its multi-year discernment work, even as we continue to hold all of you in prayer for your wise and patient work as Committees on Ministry in the processes of discernment for authorization and oversight.
On this Easter Monday, we celebrate with Mary Magdalene, "I have seen the Lord!" (John 20:18), and in this edition of the COMma newsletter, we celebrate the experiences of Christ that come in many spaces of ministry.
Welcome to the COMma newsletter! The Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Team is delighted to share this monthly resource on authorized & authorizing ministry with you. We're especially pleased to be reaching many of you for the first time, as we corrected the technical glitch that was limiting COMma’s distribution. This newsletter is also newly mobile responsive, so it has improved readability on your smartphones.