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1 Committee on the Ministry

2 Unit One: Your Ministry

3 Discernment, The Heart of Your Work Each time your committee meets you are collectively seeking to discern God’s desire in each and every aspect of your work. Each time your committee meets you are collectively seeking to discern God’s desire in each and every aspect of your work. “… be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God…” Romans 12: 1-2

4 What is the “ministry” of the COM?

5 Vocation “Being called to a specific work or task” “Being called to a specific work or task” Christian work is mostly not done in addition to our ordinary work, but it is ordinary work done with grace. Hans-Reudi Weber expresses it in this manner:

6 Take a moment and think about your tasks. Reflections How would you define the “ministry” of the Committee on the Ministry? What makes the functions you perform ministry?”

7 Vocation: Called and Equipped “It is not a career choice; “It is not a career choice; it is the recognition of the it is the recognition of the purposes of God in our lives … purposes of God in our lives … it is a gift not an entitlement.” it is a gift not an entitlement.” Malcolm Warford “Our Several Callings”

8 Take a few moments to reflect on that word, “calling.” Reflections

9 Scripture “The gifts God gave were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”’ Ephesians 4:11-12

10 1. What gifts and skills are necessary to perform this ministry suitably? 2. What gifts does each person bring? 3. What gifts do you bring? 4. How do you deal with those differences to maintain a creative tension instead of destructive tension? Bible Study

11 Gifts Differing 1.How do your gifts complement one another? 2.Are there ways in which the differing skills and gifts on the committee also create friction? 3.Are there gifts missing from your Committee?

12 Summarizing: The ministry of the Committee on the Ministry We are responding to a “call” from God Our work represents a vocation of ministry We are equipped to do this work with God-given gifts and God’s grace. Our work is ministry!

13 AUTHORITY AND YOUR WORK

14 Issues of power and authority

15 Episcopé Several words & phrases with similar language roots: Several words & phrases with similar language roots: Epi + scopé Over + sight Super + vision “Big picture”

16 Episcopé and the Bible To visit or to see: Mt 25:36 “I was sick… and you visited me.” To care for: Jas 1:27 “Religion… is this: to care for orphans.” To supervise: I Pet 5:2-3 “I exhort the elders… exercising oversight … Do not Lord it over others, but be examples to the flock.”

17 Ministry of Oversight Understanding oversight as Episcopé Oversight in the context of Manual on Ministry A role and function of Associations and A role and function of Associations and Committees on the Ministry Committees on the Ministry

18 The COM’s Oversight tasks are … Nurture Accountability

19 Committee on the Ministry Functions Which functions are Which functions are Accountability? Which functions are Which functions are Nurture?

20 Think for a moment about your own feelings concerning authority. What comes to mind when you contemplate this word? Share a time when you experienced authority in a negative way. Share a time when you experienced authority in a positive way. What do these experiences tell you about authority? Reflections

21 Scripture Matthew 21:23-27 “… and when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things. Who gave you authority?” “… and when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things. Who gave you authority?”

22 Bible Study What role does God play in the exercise of authority? What role does God play in the exercise of authority? How is that authority recognized or not recognized in the passage from Matthew? How is that authority recognized or not recognized in the passage from Matthew? Identify the ways in which the work and ministry of your committee are a “sacred trust”? Identify the ways in which the work and ministry of your committee are a “sacred trust”?

23 Authority Issues Reflections What is the authority of the Committee on the Ministry? What does it mean to you to know that your Committee is authorizing on behalf of the whole United Church of Christ? How do you know when to say “yes” and when to say “no?”

24 Summarizing: Authority & Oversight Episcopé entails having a wider or complete view; Committees on the Ministry have authority to supervise and engage in tasks which nurture the process and emphasize accountability of their work; The authority of the committee is “a sacred trust”.

25 In the UCC, the Committee on the Ministry has a bishop function! Summarizing: Authority & Oversight

26 UNIT TWO: OVERSIGHT AND THE COMMITTEE ON THE MINISTRY

27 Guiding Principles for Your Work Ministry in and on behalf of the entire United Church of Christ All aspects of work involve …  Discernment  Fitness issues Work in partnership with local churches, calling bodies, conference & association staff, seminaries, and the national setting.

28 OVERSIGHT TASKS Oversight procedures focus on nurture and support:  Periodic Support Consultation  Situational Support Consultation …and on accountability for ministry  Information Review  Fitness Review

29 Periodic Support Consultation Regularly scheduled by the Association Expected that all persons will participate Designed for continuing education, growth and nurture of the minister and the ministry Primarily nurturing and supportive Primarily nurturing and supportive

30 Situational Support Consultation Primarily nurturing and supportive Can be called by any covenantal partner

31 Information Review All ministers are expected to participate and provide basic information for the review. Ensures that basic requirements for ministry are met (UCC membership, call to ministry, etc.) Ensures that basic requirements for ministry are met (UCC membership, call to ministry, etc.) Takes place on a regular scheduled basis Takes place on a regular scheduled basis Maintains basic accountability Maintains basic accountability

32 Fitness Review Scheduled by the Association only as circumstances Scheduled by the Association only as circumstances warrant warrant All ministers are subject to fitness review, All ministers are subject to fitness review, but few will ever experience it but few will ever experience it Designed for ensuring that ministerial integrity Designed for ensuring that ministerial integrity and ethics are maintained and ethics are maintained Maintains accountability and may lead to removal of ministerial authorization

33 Committee Resources Conference & Association Staff In Fitness Reviews, staff: In Fitness Reviews, staff: Serve as resource to the Committee on the Ministry and Response Team members Serve as resource to the Committee on the Ministry and Response Team members Are aware of, introduce and interpret resources of the wider church Are aware of, introduce and interpret resources of the wider church Give oversight to the Committee’s and Response Team’s process Give oversight to the Committee’s and Response Team’s process Provide pastoral care to the Committee Provide pastoral care to the Committee

34 For your discernment Jenny Jones is a pastor of a local church. She is also a member of the COM. Jenny is married to the Associate Conference Minister who serves another Association in your Conference. Jenny has had allegations brought against her for pastoral misconduct. What does the COM do? Who has what roles? What are your first steps? Fitness Review Scenario # 1

35 For your discernment A man comes to Bob Dietrich, who is a member of your Association’s COM, he tells him that he believe something ‘odd’ is happening in his congregation. He says that the pastor meets with certain kids from the youth group privately and tells them not to say anything about their meetings as they are the ‘real leaders’ in the group and she doesn’t want the other kids to be jealous. His daughter is part of the ‘leadership group’. His daughter thinks the pastor is great and can’t understand why her dad won’t ‘back off’”. What should Bob do? Is there a role for the COM or the Conference Staff? What comes next? Fitness Review Scenario # 2

36 For your discernment John Jones, the pastor of a local congregation, has been arrested for embezzlement. The arrest has been reported in the newspaper. What is the role of the Conference or Association Staff person? What is the role of the COM? What happens next? Fitness Review Scenario # 3

37 For your discernment What is the role of the Conference or Association Staff person? What is the role of the COM? What happens next? Fitness Review Scenario # 4 The members of First Church in Smithton are in an uproar. It seems that their pastor is dating a woman who is a member of the church. The woman has just been divorced from her husband who also is a member of the congregation. The pastor is single. The Moderator of First Church has called the Association Staff person and asked for help.

38 For your discernment Jim Johnson, the pastor of a local congregation, has been arrested for civil disobedience. The arrest has been highly publicized in the newspaper. What is the role of the Conference/Association Staff? What is the role of the COM? What happens next? Situational Support Scenario #1

39 For your discernment Sarah Jenkins has officiated at the wedding of a same sex couple. The ceremony did not take place in the local church, but a number of parishioners have complained to the Conference Staff. What is the role of the COM Chair? What does the COM do now? Where are there resources to help in this situation? Situational Support Scenario #2

40 Questions for Discussion Periodic Support Consultation Situational Support Consultation Information Review Fitness Review What advice might you have for each other about effective ways to deal with these procedures?

41 Questions for Discussion What are you NOT getting to? Which of these oversight processes have you had experience with?

42 Fitness Review Basics Information Gathering Information Participants Supporting Participants the issue Adjudicating the issue the Effort Coordinating the Effort

43 Roles and Responsibilities Coordination of Fitness Reviews (with Committee Chair) Staff Support to Committee Occasional Support to Local Church Committee on the Ministry Response Team Staff Parish Life and Leadership Resources and Training Consultation Oversight Adjudication of all Fitness Reviews Gathering for Committee for all Fitness Reviews Supplement Committee with: Support for Participants in all Fitness Reviews Information

44 Serious Treatment of all Concerns Serious Treatment of all Concerns Authorization versus Call Authorization versus Call Ecclesiastical versus Legal Ecclesiastical versus Legal Attorneys have no Role Attorneys have no Role Conflict of Interest Issues Conflict of Interest Issues Confidentiality, Secrets and Privileged Confidentiality, Secrets and Privileged Communication Communication Jurisdiction Issues Jurisdiction Issues No Statute of Limitations No Statute of Limitations Delineation and Separation of Roles Delineation and Separation of Roles Nine Guiding Principles

45 Resources for Fitness Review Oversight section of MOM Oversight section of MOM Guidelines Guidelines Association or Conference staff member Association or Conference staff member Legal Counsel Legal Counsel

46 If the allegations were found to be true, would they call into question this person’s fitness for ministry, in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ? THE BIG QUESTION!!!

47 Unit Three: Candidates for Authorized Ministry Ordained Licensed Commissioned

48 Defining: Ordained Ministry An ordained minister is: A UCC member called by God A UCC member called by God Recognized by the local church and authorized by the Association or Conference to: Recognized by the local church and authorized by the Association or Conference to: –Preach and teach the gospel –Administer the sacraments and rites of the church –Exercise pastoral care and leadership in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ

49 Discuss the relationship between: a candidate’s sense of call, the needs of the church and the work of your Committee in authorization in and on behalf of the UCC. Discuss the relationship between: a candidate’s sense of call, the needs of the church and the work of your Committee in authorization in and on behalf of the UCC. What do you look for in a candidate for ordination? What do you look for in a candidate for ordination? How do you distinguish between someone called to ordained ministry versus licensed or commissioned ministry? How do you distinguish between someone called to ordained ministry versus licensed or commissioned ministry? Reflections

50 Matthew Smith is a senior in college. He feels called to become a UCC minister. His pastor brings him to meet with your committee. Matthew Smith is a senior in college. He feels called to become a UCC minister. His pastor brings him to meet with your committee. For your discernment Ordained Ministry Scenario #1 How does your committee handle this situation?

51 Julie Johnson is a senior in an ATS accredited seminary. She wishes to become a UCC pastor. Julie was raised United Methodist. Julie Johnson is a senior in an ATS accredited seminary. She wishes to become a UCC pastor. Julie was raised United Methodist. For your discernment Ordained Ministry Scenario #2 How can your committee address this situation?

52 Marianna Jones is 45. She has a doctorate in English in her native country. She has been a missionary for 6 years and wishes to establish a new UCC church primarily for folks who come to the US from her homeland. She wishes to be ordained as a UCC pastor. Marianna Jones is 45. She has a doctorate in English in her native country. She has been a missionary for 6 years and wishes to establish a new UCC church primarily for folks who come to the US from her homeland. She wishes to be ordained as a UCC pastor. For your discernment Ordained Ministry Scenario #3 How does your committee handle this situation?

53 Defining: Licensed Ministry A licensed minister is: Called by God and the local community and authorized by the Association to: Called by God and the local community and authorized by the Association to: –Serve as pastor and teacher in a particular local church –May be authorized to administer Sacraments Monitored under the supervision and guidance of the Association Monitored under the supervision and guidance of the Association Licenses are renewable but not transferable

54 What standards do your Association or Conference have for the training of licensed pastors? What standards do your Association or Conference have for the training of licensed pastors? How do you recognize their contributions to the church? How do you recognize their contributions to the church? How do you distinguish between someone called to licensed ministry versus ordained ministry? How do you distinguish between someone called to licensed ministry versus ordained ministry? Reflections

55 Mark Jones is a 2nd year seminarian at a UCC seminary. Mark Jones is a 2nd year seminarian at a UCC seminary. A small UCC congregation in the area wishes to call him as their pastor. A small UCC congregation in the area wishes to call him as their pastor. For your discernment Licensed Ministry Scenario #1 How will your committee address this circumstance?

56 Letha Smith is a member of a small UCC congregation. She has taken a number of courses at the Conference Lay School for Ministry. Her home congregation wishes to call her as their pastor. Letha Smith is a member of a small UCC congregation. She has taken a number of courses at the Conference Lay School for Ministry. Her home congregation wishes to call her as their pastor. For your discernment Licensed Ministry Scenario #2 How will your committee discern this situation?

57 Defining: Commissioned Ministry A member of the church who is: called by God called by God commissioned by the Association for a specific Church-related ministry commissioned by the Association for a specific Church-related ministry Some examples of Commissioned Ministries: –Music –Christian Education –Spiritual Direction –Parish Nursing, etc…

58 Commissioned Ministry 1. In what ways might the work of an educator or parish nurse serve the entire denomination? 2. What is their responsibility for the care of souls? 3. Has your Association set requirements for commissioning? 4. When a candidate approaches you to explore being commissioned to a ministry, how will you determine if this ministry is appropriate for commissioning?

59 Commissioned Ministry A candidate has come before you seeking authorization for a ministry of spiritual direction. You are aware that some Associations have commissioned spiritual directors. Conduct a mock interview and determine if you have enough information to make a decision For your discernment Scenario #1

60 Working with Candidates “In Care” Discernment Formation Mentoring Appropriate paths of preparation

61 Discernment, The Heart of Your Work Each time your committee meets you are collectively seeking to discern God’s desire in each and every aspect of your work. Each time your committee meets you are collectively seeking to discern God’s desire in each and every aspect of your work. “… be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God…” Romans 12:1-2

62 Discernment While everyone is called to ministry through baptism, discernment relates to what FORM of ministry is appropriate for preparation & perceiving or recognizing a person’s call to a ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ? While everyone is called to ministry through baptism, discernment relates to what FORM of ministry is appropriate for preparation & perceiving or recognizing a person’s call to a ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ?

63 Definitions of Discernment Discernment: 1.) To perceive or recognize 2.) To separate one thing from another Christian Context: “Discernment is the intentional practice by which a community or individual seeks, recognizes and intentionally takes part in the activity of God in concrete situations.” “Discernment is the intentional practice by which a community or individual seeks, recognizes and intentionally takes part in the activity of God in concrete situations.” (Dorothy Bass, ed)

64 How We Discern… …seeking to bring our desires and our will into harmony with God’s desires and God’s Will. …seeking to bring our desires and our will into harmony with God’s desires and God’s Will. Respect Trust Honesty Cultural Sensitivity Consistency

65 New Testament translations Anakrino –to examine –judge closely Diakrino –to separate out –to investigate –to examine

66 Listening Talking Seeking Spiritual Counsel Recognizing the Holy Spirit at work Consolation Desolation Maintaining Openness to God’s Guidance Commitment Motivations Sensitivity The discernment process can include:

67 Applying Discernment Are we passionately committed to listening to God? Are we willing to follow what we believe God is calling us to do and to be faithful to the needs of the church in this time and as revealed to us by the Spirit? Are we willing to enter into the process with humility, believing that our hearts and minds might be changed and others may have a perspective worth listening to?

68 Have we really discerned God’s Will? From Practicing Our Faith—Dorothy Bass Fidelity to scripture and tradition Fidelity to scripture and tradition Fruit of the Spirit Fruit of the Spirit Inner Authority & Peace Inner Authority & Peace Communal harmony Communal harmony Empowerment and contributing to the health & well-being of the collective body Empowerment and contributing to the health & well-being of the collective body

69 Scripture Romans 12:1-2 NRSV I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The Message So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what God wants from you and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings out the best of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what God wants from you and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings out the best of you, develops well-formed maturity in you”

70 Bible Study Name some of the sacrifices you make in order to be part of your Committee on the Ministry? How does your COM prepare itself to hear God’s word in new ways (step out of conformity )? What is the difference between discernment and decision making?

71 Bible Study What does transformation have to do with discernment? What does transformation have to do with discernment? Name some ways you as an individual and/or as a committee have been transformed by the Spirit. Name some ways you as an individual and/or as a committee have been transformed by the Spirit. What do you hear this passage saying to you about your work with ministerial candidates? What do you hear this passage saying to you about your work with ministerial candidates?

72 Discernment Tools Bible reflections Resource Guide to discernment Listening to God, the candidate and one another Prayer and Meditation Partners in discernment

73 For your Discernment What has been your own personal experience with spiritual discernment? What has been your own personal experience with spiritual discernment? How can the committee develop sensitivity to the ways of God? How can the committee develop sensitivity to the ways of God? Think of a time when your committee had to say no to a candidate. How did you decide? How did you stay open to God? Think of a time when your committee had to say no to a candidate. How did you decide? How did you stay open to God?

74 Summarizing: The Discernment Process The work of this committee is guided through and by your discernment process. Discernment requires: Openness to God’s guidance and the prompting of the Holy Spirit Obedience to God’s will and desire for our lives and the ministry of the church. Trusting and respecting others in our committee’s work.

75 Paths of Preparation Deciding for the needs of the church Deciding for the good of the candidate

76 Assessing Ministerial Readiness Faith Affirmation Church Loyalty Knowledge and Skills Personal Qualities Is this person “ready” to be authorized for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ? Is this person “ready” to be authorized for ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ?

77 Support/Supervision: Peer led Peer led Professional facilitator Professional facilitator Clinical supervision/consultation Clinical supervision/consultation Fostering Ministerial Excellence Life-long Learning & Continuing Education Spiritual Direction & Mentoring

78 Government & Military Chaplains Non-government Chaplains Pastoral Counselors Others Specialized Ministries How does your committee maintain relationships with your pastors in Specialized Ministries?

79 For your discernment Mary Smith is a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. She is endorsed for ministry by your Association. She will be sent over seas with her unit for a year. Mary has a husband, a ten- year old son and a three-year old daughter. What is the role of the COM in Mary’s situation? What is the role of Mary’s home church in this situation? Specialized Ministries Scenario #1

80 Unit 4: Ministerial Standing

81 Privilege of Call When a minister from another denomination wishes to become a UCC minister Check credentials – make sure in good standing with home denomination Pay attention to issues of UCC polity, theology and practice

82 ComparisonDual Standing Privilege of Call Who would apply? Ordained minister from another denomination, serving in a setting of the UCC Ordained minister in another denomination who wishes to become and serve in UCC Relationship with present denomination Wishes to retain current denominational standing Wishes to relinquish present standing and become UCC Duration Ends at conclusion of the ministry in that UCC setting Full and ongoing standing in UCC Portability Not transferable from one association to another As a minister with standing in the UCC, may transfer standing to any new ministry setting

83 ► Ministerial Partners ► Formula of Agreement ► Dual Standing ► Overseas Partners Working With Our Partners

84 Full Partnership and Formula of Agreement Comparison Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing Formula of Agreement Applies to DOC ministersELCA, PCUSA, RCA ministers Purpose Wishes to search for a call in UCC Available for invitation to serve Requirements UCC Polity Course Denominational Assurance of Good Standing Self-disclosure/release form Criminal Background Check UCC Polity Course Denominational Assurance of Good Standing Self-disclosure/release form Criminal Background Check Opportunity to serve through Association COM By invitation of conference/ association staff Ministerial Profile Used UCC Candidates’ own (ELCA, PCUSA, RCA)

85 Formula of Agreement Formula of Agreement Share your experiences with Formula of Agreement or Ministerial Partners. What went well? What are some of your concerns? How might you talk with a Formula of Agreement pastor to communicate why s/he is not free to enter the UCC search and call process? How might you talk with a church that wanted to consider a minister from one of these traditions but did not check with your Committee, Association or Conference staff first? How can you help strengthen the understanding of and ability to follow the unique polity of the UCC while serving in this denomination?

86 For your discernment Scenario #1 Rev Marsha Matthews, an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America, has come to the Conference Minister or the Association Minister and said that she would like to serve a UCC congregation in your area. It is important to remember that when an ELCA, PCUSA or RCA candidate approaches the United Church of Christ, the candidate may only be considered by a local congregation at the invitation of a conference or association staff person.

87 Unit 5: The “Church” in Church and Ministry

88 Your primary role in this area is to nurture the covenant between local churches and the Association or Conference

89 Relating to Local Congregations Maintaining ongoing relationships with local congregations is important to the health and vitality of the Church. Some ways in which COM’s nurture local congregations include: COM subcommittees address issues/concerns/problems COM subcommittees address issues/concerns/problems Situational Support Consultations Situational Support Consultations Scheduled church visitations Scheduled church visitations Sponsored events & learning opportunities Sponsored events & learning opportunities

90 As you reflect on your Committee on the Ministry’s ministry to congregations: In what ways does your committee relate to local churches in your association? How has your committee nurtured and supported congregations? How might you expand your efforts? For your discernment

91 What expectations of covenant does your committee have of its churches? What expectations of covenant do your churches have of your association and conference? How have you listened to and dialogued about those expectations? For your discernment

92 What procedures are in place to respond to non-covenantal behavior? How have you utilized Manual on Church in discussions about covenant and accountability? How might you engage Manual on Church in your efforts to strengthen covenantal relationships with your local congregations? For your discernment

93 Summarizing: Local Churches Covenant Relationships Nurture Accountability

94 Unit 6: Organizing Your Process Committee Structures Scheduling Meetings Record keeping

95 Committee Structures: Organizing for Effectiveness Divide into task-specific subcommittees Divide into task-specific subcommittees Use former members or recruit persons to assist with: Use former members or recruit persons to assist with: –Periodic Review –Situational Support Consultations –Work with In Care candidates –Strengthen the ties with local congregations –Other situations where Committee needs extra help Divide work geographically Divide work geographically

96 Committee Structures Dealing with Distance Cultivating Closeness Dividing the Workload Shared Oversight Transitions & Continuity

97 Organizing Meetings & Maintaining Records RecordsProceduresPublicConfidentialStorage Meetings Scheduling Agenda Minutes Roles Confidential Issues

98 Unit 7: Committee Resources Staff Resources Conference & Association Staff Parish Life and Leadership Materials Manual on Ministry Guidelines Manual on Church UCC Constitution and By Laws Book of Worship

99 Conference & Association Staff: Oversee the training and orientation of committee members on an ongoing basis. Often play a role in ecclesiastical councils, ordinations and installations, but not as “Association Representative”. Represent the wider settings of the United Church of Christ. Conference & Association Norms

100 Do not serve as members of the Committee on the Ministry Do not speak for or on behalf of the Committee on the Ministry Do not correspond on behalf of the Committee on the Ministry Do not make decisions for the Committee on the Ministry Conference & Association Staff:

101 Committee Resources Conference & Association Staff Contact judicatory colleagues in checking on clergy seeking: Contact judicatory colleagues in checking on clergy seeking: –Transfer of Standing - Privilege of Call –Dual Standing - Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing In that capacity, they resource committees around national, conference and association issues, concerns and initiatives (includes distributing the monthly PLL Bulletin to members of Committees on the Ministry). In that capacity, they resource committees around national, conference and association issues, concerns and initiatives (includes distributing the monthly PLL Bulletin to members of Committees on the Ministry).

102 We provide: Resources and consultation for Committees on the Ministry Resources and consultation for Committees on the Ministry Resources and consultation for Conference and Association staff Resources and consultation for Conference and Association staff Orientation for new conference and association Orientation for new conference and association Seminarian events hosted in Cleveland Seminarian events hosted in Cleveland Monthly PLL Bulletin Monthly PLL Bulletin Committee Resources: Parish Life & Leadership Team

103 Resources for the Committee Core Resources Manual on Ministry Manual on Ministry Guidelines for Resourcing Committees on the Ministry Guidelines for Resourcing Committees on the Ministry Manual on Church Manual on Church Ministry during the Interim Time Ministry during the Interim Time Constitution and Bylaws Constitution and Bylaws Parish Life and Leadership Bulletin Parish Life and Leadership Bulletin

104 Unit 8: Continued Learning & Self-Care for the Committee

105 Sensitivity Explore issues of discomfort and confront them as a committee before addressing them with candidates, or situational consultations, or fitness reviews. Explore issues of discomfort and confront them as a committee before addressing them with candidates, or situational consultations, or fitness reviews.

106  Cultural  Ethnic  Sexual Orientation  Disability How can the COM explore issues of discomfort with difference? How will the COM discuss difference with a candidate? Respecting Differences

107 Developing Awareness Visit and share in worship with a congregation whose primary ethnicity and/or culture is different from your own. Visit and share in worship with a congregation whose primary ethnicity and/or culture is different from your own. What values are important to them? What role does the pastor play in the life of the congregation and community? Is language a potential barrier? Are there issues of cultural transition from their homeland?

108 Developing Awareness Meet with disability advocates from the UCC Disabilities Ministries to continue to educate yourselves about disability and leadership. Have general discussions about human sexuality and sexual orientation on a regular basis in your training sessions.

109 Scripture Genesis 18:5 “Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourself.”

110 Bible Study The Gift of Hospitality 1.) Do you consider yourselves a hospitable Committee on the Ministry? 2.) In what ways do you show hospitality? 3.) What are the risks of offering hospitality? 4.) What are the benefits?

111 Continued Development for the Committee Boundary Training Anti-racism Training Fitness Review Training Response Team Training

112 Have you participated in any of the trainings discussed? Have you participated in any of the trainings discussed? Share some ways that your committee already engages in activities which provide development and training. Share some ways that your committee already engages in activities which provide development and training. What might be missing and how might you fill in the gap? What might be missing and how might you fill in the gap? How might the training opportunities assist you with your committee tasks? How might the training opportunities assist you with your committee tasks? Reflections

113 Examining one’s conscience Taking Care of Yourselves Skill enhancement opportunities Spiritual resources Debriefing after difficult tasks Retreats

114 Keep in mind … The Church is more than just a building…

115 YOU to accomplish this sacred work. Thank You! Remember, the Church needs…


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