Manual on Local Church

A Guide for Local Churches in Covenant in and with the United Church of Christ

A public draft and resources to engaging and sharing the Manual on Local Church are coming May 30, 2024!

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At the thirty-second General Synod, the church was charged with convening a working group representative of the whole denomination to:  1) lead the United Church of Christ in a process of discernment regarding Article V of the Constitution of the United Church of Christ; and 2) recommend revisions to Article V in accordance with the working group’s discernment and conclusions including, but not limited to, equal clarity about Local Church covenant and autonomy, parameters for local church accountability and the oversight of local churches, a provision for releasing congregations from the United Church of Christ, and amendments to Articles III and VIII and other sections of the Constitution of the United Church of Christ so that the whole of the document is consistent; and 3) produce a Manual on the Local Church, akin to the Manual on Ministry, for use by all settings of the Church to fully live into their covenantal responsibilities and privileges under the Constitution of the United Church of Christ; this Manual will speak to items including, but not limited to, a Congregational Code, Marks of Faithful and Vital Congregations, and processes and resources for birthing, admitting, strengthening, revitalizing, and releasing congregations; and 4) report its progress along with its recommendations for revising Article V of the Constitution to the next General Synod.  

This effort is stewarded by the Faith Education, Innovation and Formation (FaithINFO) team.


Contact

Rev. Tracy Howe
Minister and Team Leader: Faith Education, Innovation and Formation (FaithINFO)
howet@ucc.org

Resources for the Manual on Church

JUNE 2023: The Manual on Church is still in process. The MOC Working Group though is pleased to share the following sections, which are moving towards completion but still open for feedback, as part of its report to the 34th General Synod of the United Church of Christ.

Definition of a Local Church

Marks for Vital and Faithful Local Churches The Grow Your Church Game is a great way to engage the Marks!

Local Church Standing in the United Church of Christ for New or Affiliating Faith Communities

Latest news on the Manual on Church

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Section 1

Section 2

Implementing the New Manual on Church