Manual on Ministry

A Guide to Authorizing Ministry in the United Church of Christ

The role of the Manual on Ministry (MOM) in the United Church of Christ is to serve as a living guide, a grounding perspective, and a resource for shared expectations in the essential ministry of Committees on Ministry. It is maintained by the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Team.

Access to the Manual on Ministry and associated material is publicly available and for use by individuals and ecumenical partners for their information, Committees on Ministry and Conference staff for their work of authorization and oversight, and others for non-commercial use. Use of Manual on Ministry materials for training for staff, Committees on Ministry, and clergy on the oversight procedures is limited to MESA staff and designated current Conference or Association staff with appropriate and relevant training and experience in the field. Click here for more information on how to share our content.  


Rev. Elizabeth Dilley
Minister and Team Leader: Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization

Section 3 Resources for the Manual on Ministry

The Manual on Ministry (sections 1 and 2) is available in 2018 edition PDF or the newest edition of the hard copy can be purchased through UCC Resources.

The following resources, templates, and best practices of the Manual on Ministry are updated, amended, added to or subtracted from, by the MESA Team in order to support faithful and effective Committees on Ministry. These resources are dated and identified specifically as MESA- or MOM-related resources. Additional materials that are not specific to MESA may be linked as relevant references for understanding the Manual on Ministry and the polity of the United Church of Christ. Click on the carrot next to the Article for which you are seeking resources for a drop-down list.

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Section 1

Section 2

Implementing the New Manual on Ministry