Manual on Ministry


The following resources, templates, and best practices of the Manual on Ministry’s Section 3 are updated, amended, added to or subtracted from, by the MESA Team in order to support faithful and effective Committees on Ministry. These resources are dated and identified specifically as MESA- or MOM-related resources. Additional materials that are not specific to MESA may be linked as relevant references for understanding the Manual on Ministry and the polity of the United Church of Christ.

A Guide to Authorizing Ministry in the United Church of Christ

The role of the Manual on Ministry (MOM) in the United Church of Christ is to serve as a living guide, a grounding perspective, and a resource for shared expectations in the essential ministry of Committees on Ministry.

The Manual on Ministry is maintained by the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Team. The 2018 edition of MOM has three sections; the first two are available in PDF, with hard copies available for purchase through UCC Resources. The third section includes online resources (updated regularly) that can be found by scrolling down this page.

Outline of the Manual on Ministry

Section 1: Theological Grounding (available in PDF or hard copy as referenced above)
Covenantal Polity
Theology of Ministry and Ordination
Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers
Ministry of Committees on Ministry

Section 2: Ministerial Authorization (available in PDF or hard copy as referenced above)
Article 1: Members in Discernment
Article 2: Ordained Ministers from Ecumenical Bodies
Article 3: Ordained Ministerial Standing
Article 4: Lay Ministerial Standing
Article 5: Calls, Covenants, and Endorsements
Article 6: Accountability and Support

Section 3: Resources for Committees on Ministry
Online Resources (listed below, referenced by Section and Article)
Glossary of Terms (included in the PDF/hard copy)
Letter from the Habakkuk Group (included in the PDF/hard copy)

SECTION 3 RESOURCES

Section 3 Resources for Section 1: Covenant Polity

Section 3 Resources for Section 1: Theology of Authorized Ministry

Section 3 Resources for Section 1: Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers

Section 3 Resources for Section 1: Ministry of Committees on Ministry

Section 3 Resources for Section 2 Article 1: Members in Discernment

Section 3 Resources for Section 2 Article 2: Ecumenically Ordained Ministers

Section 3 Resources for Section 2 Article 3: Ordained Ministerial Standing

Section 3 Resources for Section 2 Article 4: Lay Ministerial Standing

Section 3 Resources for Section 2 Article 5: Calls, Covenants, and Endorsements

Section 3 Resources for Section 2 Article 6: Accountability and Support


For reference, the 1986/2002 edition of the Manual on Ministry remains available online in ten sections: Partners in Authorizing MinistryStudent in Care of AssociationOrdained MinistryDual Standing and Privilege of CallOrdained Ministerial PartnerCommissioned MinistryLicensed MinistryThe Oversight of MinistriesEcclesiastical Endorsement, and Supplemental Materials.