NEW UCC LOCAL CHURCH PROFILE
MESA (Ministerial Excellence Support and Authorization) has developed a new Local Church Profile for churches in transition. The nature and scope of this profile will reshape the way interim ministry is done. At our October 6th workshop we began to explore the implications of the New UCC Local Church Profile on the work and ministry of interims. We talked about this in the context of the continuum of ministry of settled, through transition to settled. Below is the PowerPoint (Continuing the Continuum) that was used at this workshop. Below is also the PowerPoint: "Introducing the new Local Church Profile - " which comes from Malcolm Himshoot of MESA (Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization). It is their introduction to the new profile for interims.
CHANGES TO INTERIM PROFILE
This winter our national UCC revised the Ministerial Profile to reflect the information churches need for the selection of an interim pastor. At our MACUCC spring training event (The Continuum of Ministry), we spoke about this revision and its potential use. Since then our Conference staff in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts have talked about switching to the UCC Ministerial Profile for all interim positions. The staff fully endorsed moving to the UCC Ministerial Profile for its consistency for churches and interims who seek positions in multiple conferences.
Effective June 15, 2016 all new profiles by pastors seeking interim positions will need to be in the UCC Ministerial Profile (and Snapshot) format. You can find information for this at http://www.ucc.org/ministers_profile.
A few things to remember when completing the new profile:
As the ministry with our churches in times of transition continues to unfold, evolve and adapt, we increasingly find transitional ministry to be pivotal to the health, faithfulness and effectiveness of our churches. Thank you for all you are doing to make it so.
Transitional Ministry in MACUCC!
Interim time is a crucial time in the life of a congregation. Its an important time to reflect on where the church has been and where it is going. To prepare for the next chapter in the life and ministry of the church this is a pivotal time to discover "Who we are?", "Who is our neighbor?", and "What is God calling us to do and to be?" Finding this crystal clarity is pivotal to an effective search process for the next pastor, as well as a healthy, faithful and effective start in the churches next chapter.
Our Conference offers a variety of resources and guidance for this time. You'll find some on our website. Along with guidance from your Associate Conference Minister and leadership of the Association you'll find a qualified Interim pastor who can help the church do this faithful work of reflection and discernment.
Our Conference also has a Transitional Ministry Team that constantly seeks to upgrade the skills of our interims with some of the latest insights and information. Additionally, Most Interims are involved in the Communities of Practice, some with only other Interims, others with both Settled and Interims. Annually, Interims gather together for an “In-Service Day” and many also attend workshops sponsored by the Mass Conference Leadership.
As your church's interim time approaches, connect with your Associate Conference Minister as soon as possible to get the help you need to move into and through this time faithfully
If you are interested in Interim Training, please read through the weblinks below for more information on interim ministry in our Conference. You may also want to visit the Interim Ministry Network website for a current list of training options.