UCC Ministerial Code

All persons with ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ are expected to abide by the UCC Ministerial Code. This document is the professional behavior standard, to which authorized ministers are held accountable through their Associations. This ethical code reminds ministers of their call and covenantal responsibilities to God, self, family and the Church. […]

Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers

The Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers is a tool for discernment and assessment, created especially for use by Members in Discernment, Committees on Ministry, and authorized ministers. The Marks developed through conversations surrounding the Ministry Issues Pronouncement of General Synod 25, which sought to expand UCC definitions of learnedness and leadership in authorized ministry […]

Secrets of Church Revitalization

This article by Ron Edmondson is recommended by Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Sharon Morris. 5 Secrets of Church Revitalization I’ve written frequently about church revitalization. As one who has planted a couple of churches, I know the challenges are unique. One thing I’ve noticed is the number of pastors who enter revitalization thinking the church […]

Protecting Houses of Worship

Unfortunately, protecting houses of worship is a relevant and important topic in today’s world, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or detract from your ministries. Look over these resources for valuable and practical information on keeping your church safe from a shooting or other attack. This document provides Federal Government Resources for Protecting Houses […]

Pastoral Relations Committee

“The Pastoral Relations Committee” contains suggestions of policies, principles, and procedures which may enhance the work of the Pastoral Relations Committee. If your church does not have a Pastoral Relations Committee, careful study of this booklet and of the resources mentioned within it will guide your consideration in establishing a Pastoral Relations Committee for your […]

PSEC Boundary Training Policy

The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference’s Church and Ministry Council passed a new plan for Boundary Training beginning in 2018. In order to address concerns that the traditional Boundary Awareness Training course is repetitive or not relevant to a minister’s current setting or life stage, alternatives to the traditional class will be offered. Authorized Ministers may choose […]

Leadership Project

First United Church of Christ in Royersford, using a New Ministries Grant from the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, developed a training program to strengthen volunteer leaders in churches. The objective was to create a way for the volunteer leaders from churches and non-profit organizations in the local communities to practice the basic disciplines of team building […]

UCC Ministry Opportunities

Ministry opportunities — including local church pastorates, conference and association positions, national staff positions, global positions, and administrative or chaplaincy vacancies — are posted to the UCC Ministry Opportunities database. Click here to visit UCC Ministry Opportunities.

Manual on Ministry

Committees on Ministry — the authorizing body of the United Church of Christ — in the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference closely follow the Manual on Ministry in their work. The current Manual on Ministry (MOM) is published in ten separate sections or booklets, all available at the link below. Also available, is a draft for the […]