Licensed Ministry According to Licensed Ministers and Conference Staff: Survey Results, Part One

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 Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team and the Habakkak Group sent a survey to all Licensed Ministers listed in…

Ministry of Best Fit

The 21st Century has brought the United Church of Christ challenges, discussion and discernment regarding authorized ministry.  Since about 2013, The Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) team of the United Church of Christ has been working on revising the Manual on Ministry and has designated a denomination wide group, the Habakkuk Group, to clarify…

Signals of Motion: Minister Availability and Mobility

This week’s blog post is written by Rev. Malcolm Himschoot who supports cross-conference infrastructure for Search and Call as the denomination’s Minister for Ministerial Transitions, and 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 any economic downturn, researchers measure how…

Sent by Jesus: Chaplaincy in the UCC

This week’s post is written by  Rev. Holly MIllerShank, Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) Team in Cleveland.  In the tenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus sends out his disciples to “proclaim the good news, … cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons.” (Mt 10:…

On the Streets, In Schools and Prisons…..and Yes, in the Church: Meeting the Pastoral Needs of a Broad and Diverse World

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.  Last week’s CARD blog focused on the clergy supply issue in the UCC. I read it with some surprise, because in the work of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team…

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…