United Church of Christ

Application Process

Application Process

The application consists of open-ended questions so the applicant may express why they’re interested in the position and how their gifts and passions can support the groups’ primary functions. CYYAM, with the support of the Faith Education, Innovation and Formation staff liaison, will build relationships within the wider church to recruit new members during every application cycle. Networks to be utilized include but are not limited to:

  • Conferences and Associations
  • Network of Wider Church Youth Ministries
  • UCC-related colleges, universities and seminaries
  • Historically Underrepresented Groups
  • Young Adult Service Communities
  • Youth and Young adults attending wider church gatherings
  • Outdoor Ministries Association

As part of the application process, all applicants will be required to

  • submit a completed application
  • additional information
  • complete self-disclosure forms
  • sign talent/media release
  • obtain parent/guardian approval through signed consent form (for all youth members)
  • answer open ended, short essay questions
  • obtain 2 letters of recommendations (to be sent directly to the designated Faith Education, Innovation and Formation staff member)

Upon the initial appointment of members of this council, half of the members would be appointed to a one-year term and the other half to a two-year term to ensure that there are staggered terms. Chosen young adult appointees will be able re-apply for another two-year term with the approval of the other council members. This initial appointment will be made by a committee comprising a team made up of the Faith Education, Innovation and Formation Team staff, conference staff, United Church of Christ board and/or former CYYAM members.

The application process will be open during the summer of each year (after the initial class of council members) Up to half of CYYAM young adult members may be appointed to a second term. All efforts should be made to include a diversity of members in keeping with the diversity requirements of the UCC Board, as set forth in paragraph 218 of the UCC Bylaws.

Ideal Youth/Young Adult applicants would:

  • Be a regular attendee of a UCC church, camp or actively engaged in ministry in their local context
  • Build connections between individuals and groups
  • Possess a love for the church and a passion for helping it evolve in healthy expressions
  • Respond to email and other communications in a timely fashion
  • Travel (possibly via airplane) to at least one meeting/gathering per year
  • Support others in their faith journey
  • Use social media and other digital technologies skillfully
  • Be able to participate in regularly scheduled video/conference calls

Ideal Older Adult Advisors applicants would:

  • Be a member of a UCC church.
  • Support young people’s leadership without being overly controlling or directive.
  • Serves as a good listener, organizer and cheerleader.
  • Respond to email and other communications in a timely fashion.
  • Travel (possibly via airplane) to at least one meeting/gathering per year.
  • Support others in their faith journey.
  • Use social media and other digital technologies skillfully.
  • Be able to participate in regularly scheduled video/conference calls

During each two-year period, each CYYAM will choose, plan and implement a project or program that builds a network of and enhances the leadership of youth and young adults throughout the United Church of Christ, working with existing wider church programs and structures when possible. At the same time, CYYAM will seek to build a strong network of vital youth and young adult opportunities that serves the wider church while providing leadership opportunities, spiritual growth and mission in the world. See Appendix B — Sample projects — for ideas.

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