Fitness Reviews and Ministry Experience

This week’s post is written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  Every year, I do a deeper dive into data related to fitness reviews, the disciplinary reviews in the United Church of Christ. Last year, I explored outcomes of fitness reviews. This year, in…

Better Ministry Evaluation

As the Minister for Ministers in Local Churches for the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team, I regularly receive requests from congregations who want to evaluate their ministers. Some are thrilled with their pastor’s leadership and want to encourage her (and maybe ensure she stays longer!). Some are angry with their pastor’s leadership…

Fitness Reviews: Trusting our Ecclesiastical Processes

A fitness review is a disciplinary action that results when information surfaces that calls into question an authorized minister’s continued fitness for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ. An association Committee on Ministry (or, in some places, a conference-wide Fitness Review Board) receives the concern, votes to begin a review,…

How A Minister Spends Her Time

Nearly every minister has heard the joke that a church pastor only works an hour a week (and has then tried to suppress an eye roll). A full-time pastor in a local congregation typically works 40-50 hours a week. What fills that time, do you imagine? First, not all ministers have the same job descriptions…

A Snapshot of Bi-Vocational Ministry in the UCC

This blog post is adapted from a PechaKucha presentation that Kathy Clark and Elizabeth Dilley, members of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) team at the national offices, shared at an ecumenical gathering of denominational leaders in January 2015. Click here to see a video presentation of this presentation, recorded in Cleveland at the…