Asking What we Didn’t Know to Ask

This week’s post is written by  Rev. Holly MIllerShank, Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) Team in Cleveland.  Standing among the big wooden pews with starchy red fabric as a child, I memorized the words “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the…

Licensed Minister Survey Results, Part Two: How Do Our Conferences Use Licensed Ministry?

This week’s post is written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley who serves as Minister for Ministers of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  In the summer of 2017, the MESA Ministry Team surveyed Licensed Ministers and Association/Conference staff about their understandings and practices of licensed ministry. Last fall, MESA overviewed…

What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

When our team evolved and became the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD – previously known as Research Services) six years ago, we gathered in a retreat center for team building and began to form our mission, vision, and purpose statement. One of the BIGs (bold, inspirational goals) that came from our meeting was…

Five Things I Think I Think about Committees on Ministry (COMs)

After serving for nine non-consecutive years and counting on the Susquehanna Associations (New York Conference’s) Committee on Authorized Ministry, I have arrived at some speculative conclusions and definitive conjectures about the work that we and other Committees on Ministry (CoMs) do, on behalf of the United Church of Christ (UCC). You know about CoMs. They…