Taking Time

Today’s blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister for Ministerial Support and Accountability on the national staff’s Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team. Nine hundred and fifty-seven. That’s the number of emails that greeted me in my inbox on August 7 when I returned from a two-month sabbatical in the national…

The Costs of Ministry – And Who Pays?

This week’s post is by Rev. Malcolm Himschoot who serves the United Church of Christ as the Minister for Ministerial Transitions with the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Team. He is also current Vice President of the Board of the Interim Ministry Network. Possible changes to the clergy tax benefit of designated housing allowance…

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:…