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Southeast Area Associations Office

P.O. Box 21850

Detroit, MI 48221-0850

Phone: 313/864 1411 

Fax: 313/864 1783

Email:  seamichucc@att.ne

Church and Ministry Mission Area Team
Events:
Annual Retired Clergy Christmas Luncheon - December 12th at 12 noon 2012 at Old St. John UCC Church - 2120 Russell Street, Detroit rsvp to Margo Allen 586-775-8784 dmamargo@aol.com
Eccesiastical Council:
August 7th 10am - Jacquie Patt at Congregational church of Birmingham
Installations: none at this time.
The CHURCH AND MINISTRY MISSION AREA TEAM - Acts regarding authorizing ministry, the nurture of churches and authorized ministers in the Association.
The CHURCH AND MINISTRY Mission Area Team shall:
A. Review the credentials of local churches applying for membership in the Association, using criteria consistent with the appropriate descriptions set forth in the constitution of the United Church of Christ, and recommend its decision to the Association.
B. Review the credentials of ministers applying for standing in the Association, using criteria consistent with the appropriate descriptions set forth in the Constitution and By-laws of the United Church of Christ as adopted by the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, and recommend its decision to the Association. Standing may be authorized as:
a. Ordained ministers of the United church of Christ living within or serving member churches within the geographical boundaries of the Association
b. MINISTERS WITH DUAL STANDING AND PRIVILEGE OF CALL
An Ordained Minister of another denomination who wishes to retain ordained ministerial standing in that denomination and who has become pastor of a local church of the United Church of Christ, or serves in an Instrumentality of the United Church of Christ, or has become pastor of a yoked charged or a federated church one part of which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, or has been called to an ecumenical ministry one constituent of which is the United Church of Christ, may apply to the Association for dual ordained ministerial standing for the duration of that pastorate or that responsibility, and during that period (nowhere is this condition defined) all the rights and privileges of such membership.
c. ORDAINED MINISTERIAL PARTNER: All ordained ministers with standing in the Disciples of Christ are at the same time Ordained Ministerial partners in the United Church of Christ. This affirmation is unique to the ecumenical partnership between the two denominations and is an expression and celebration of the oneness of the church in Christ. The validity and efficacy of the partner church’s ministry is affirmed. Ordained Ministerial Partners may be invited to fulfill occasional acts of ministry in the United Church of Christ from time to time without further authorization. On recommendation of the Church and Ministry Mission Area Team, the Association may grant an Ordained Ministerial Partner permission to circulate his or her profile among United Church of Christ churches.
d. LICENSED MINISTERS: On recommendation of the Church and Ministry Mission Area Team, the Association may grant a license to preach, teach and conduct the pastoral and administrative duties of a church, including administration of the Sacraments, for a period of one year subject to annual renewal. A licensed minister shall be listed separately on the rolls of this Association.
e. COMMISSIONED MINISTERS: On recommendation of the Church and Ministry Mission Area Team, the Association may grant the status of Commissioned Minister to an unordained person for specific, full-time, church related service.
A. Recommend approval of the transfer of ministerial standing from this Association to another into which the minister has moved, using criteria consistent with the appropriate descriptions set forth in the Constitution and By-laws of the United Church of Christ as adopted by the General Synod of the United Church of Christ. These transfers shall not require undue formality or delay and may be approved by the Church and Ministry Mission Area Team as a routine procedure.
D. Receive requests from pastors and churches on behalf of persons who desire status as a student in care of Association, licensed minister or commissioned minister and present the same to the Linking Board with recommendation. If such person is approved by the Board, this Team shall be the instrument of the Association for carrying out such relationships in accordance with the appropriate descriptions set forth in the Constitution and By-laws of the United Church of Christ as adopted by the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, July 1999, and pursuant thereto shall make such recommendations to the Board.
E. Consider the application of a local church for the ordination of a member to the ministry. Examine the fitness for ministry of the candidate and recommend the candidate to the Association for ordination.
F. Consider the application of an ordained minister of another denomination who resides within the boundaries of this Association and who desires privilege of call to enter the ordained ministry of the United Church of Christ. Examine the fitness for ministry of the candidate and recommend such individual to the Association for privilege of call.
G. Periodically review all ordained ministerial standings, commissioned and licensed ministry standings and authorizations for student in care status granted by this Association.
H. Periodically review standing of all churches.
I. Arrange for and promote attendance at an Association Ecclesiastical Council as provided in Article 3, Section D of these By-laws.
J. Report at regular business meetings of the Association all church, ministerial and student in care changes that have occurred since the previous business meeting.
K. Use the Manual on Ministry of the United Church of Christ as the procedural guide, and be responsible for implementing the current By-laws of the United Church of Christ as adopted by the General Synod of the United Church of Christ. www.ucc.org/ministers/manual/
L. Authorize the installation of a minister as pastor and teacher of a church. In so far as possible, the installation shall be conducted at the time and in the manner desired by the church and minister.
M. Promote and encourage young people to pursue professional ministry in the United Church of Christ. Provide financial assistance to needy students seeking seminary education.
N. Promote fellowship and strengthen collegiality among minister of the Association.
O. Promote healthy Pastor-Church relations within the churches of this Association.
P. Serve as a source of counsel to churches and pastors in conflict.
Q. Respond to requests from churches of this Association for advice and program assistance relative to the above.
R. In case the standing of an ordained minister in this Association is in dispute, the Church and Ministry Mission Area Team shall make inquiry. If the matter is not satisfactorily settled, the Church and Ministry Mission Area Team shall submit the concern and a recommendation to the Association. A minister’s standing shall be terminated by action of this Association upon the minister’s written request; or may be terminated by action of this Association in meeting, upon the recommendation of the Church and Ministry Mission Area Team, for the following reasons;
S. After the minister has moved beyond the bounds of this Association, as mutually agreed upon by local churches and the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ, for three or more years, without having good reason for continuing in full standing or requesting transfer to another Association.
T. After entrance into service of another denomination before retirement, and/or when that minister gives evidence that he/she is no longer in sympathy with the purposes and programs of the United Church of Christ.