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 […]
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.
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 […]
In June 2016 the PSEC Church and Ministry Council adopted “The Pastor’s Sabbatical — A PSEC Resource.” This document explains the importance of sabbatical leave, information on benefits of and funding sabbaticals, recommended resources, sample policies, and more. This document is available here: The Pastor’s Sabbatical — A PSEC Resource.
In June 2016 the Church and Ministry Council approved a Continuing Education Policy for Authorized Ministers in the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference. The policy requires full-time pastors to complete 40 contact hours every three years and part-time pastors to complete 20 contact hours every three years. For more information on this, view the PSEC Continuing Education Policy.
The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Sunday Supply list (available here) is for use when pastors need a fill-in for just a few weeks. It is the policy of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, as set by the Church and Ministry Council, that only those who are currently under the oversight of a PSEC Committee on Ministry may […]
The UCC has long recognized the need to improve the process of Search and Call. This need prompted the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team to work with ministers across the denomination, including Conference Staff, to identify the goals and objectives for a new solution. In 2013, the UCC rolled out a “Snapshot […]
The United Church of Christ Medical and Dental Benefits Plan assists thousands of clergy and lay employees, and their eligible dependents, in meeting ever-increasing health care costs. For more information, visit www.pbucc.org. 2017 Health and Dental Rates 2018 Health and Dental Premium Rate Increase Projections 2018 Health and Dental Rates You may also find […]
In the call to ministry, a pastor and a congregation enter into a covenantal relationship. In this relationship, the pastor pledges to care for the spiritual needs of the community and the congregation in turn pledges to care for both the spiritual and temporal needs of the pastor. An important part of these temporal needs is a just […]
This is a challenging time to be in ministry. Statistics show that some new pastors will drop out of the ministry in their first five years. Many of our pastors feel isolated and alone. In an effort to change those statistics, the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC, funded by the Lilly Endowment, began the Pastoral […]