The conference’s Church Closure Team created this document to help congregation’s discerning their future. The team is made up of conference staff, clergy who have worked with closing and selling churches before, a lawyer, and a real estate agent. The 78-page document below should help answer some initial questions of a church discerning its future. […]
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference’s Resources library. Resources are listed below with those most recently added to the site at the top. If you’re looking for a specific type of resource, select a category in the box on the right side to browse those resources (Church Resources, Authorized Minister Resources, Members in Discernment Resources, Retiree Resources, Search and Call Resources, or Stewardship/Financial Resources). Or, if you are looking for a specific resource, use the “Search PSEC Resources” bar at the top right.
This guide overviews the practical work of transition, the faithful work of discernment, and the ethical expectations for a fair and honest search process. Liturgical and logistical tools are suggested as well. This particular guide is for you, the leaders of a congregation that is in a season of ministerial transition. Search and Call Guidebook […]
The United Church of Christ has a vision of a just world for all. In this world all are welcomed, everyone is loved and justice is inherent. The 3 Great Loves is the denomination’s opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address the inequities […]
This document details boundary guidelines for retirees in their actions in the church, in the community, and on social media. There is also information on clergy requirements after retirement, pastor emeritus/emerita roles, and the proposed “Omega Standing”. Healthy Boundaries in Retirement
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 […]
All Saints Sunday is the first Sunday in November. We celebrate long ago saints and those known to us as saints; people who inspired us by grit and determination to “keep on trying.” Many of those people are the pastors who lives shaped and influenced our own. Some of the PSEC pastors who retired years […]
If you use one of the many online platforms available to rent a spare bedroom, provide car rides, or to connect and provide a number of other goods or services, you’re involved in what is sometimes called the sharing economy. An emerging area of activity in the past few years, the sharing economy has changed […]
This policy serves as a guideline to the members of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference staff, Conference Consistory, and Endowment Committee involved with accepting gifts on behalf of the Conference. This policy is intended as an internal guide and allows flexibility in treatment of gifts on a case by case basis. The entire policy can be obtained […]
The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ has adopted a “Safe Conference” policy. To read more about what we’re doing to prohibit abuse, exploitation and harassment, protect youth, and ensure Authorized Ministers are thoroughly vetted for service read the PSEC Safe Conference Policy.
The Constitution and Bylaws of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference were most recently updated on June 10, 2017. For the most recent copy, view this PDF: Constitution Bylaws Final 6-17.