Through our work we support pastors in all stages, from Members in Discernment to seasoned leaders, to retiring clergy. We work closely with Committees on Ministry to help form and support congregational leaders.

Each of the 7 Associations within the Conference, have Committees on Ministry (COM), which are responsible for maintaining clergy support. These COMs work closely with our Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Formation and Discernment, Rev. Dr. Toni Hawkins.

Email Rev. Hawkins about COM resources

Rev. Hawkins hosts a monthly Zoom gathering for COM chairs or representative each third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm EST. In these collaborative meetings we discuss updates from our COMs, workshop concerns, review updates from the UCC Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization Team (MESA), and engage in prayer with and for one another.

Join the monthly Zoom every 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm

Members in Discernment, or MIDs, are those people within a congregation who are seeking authorized ministry in the UCC. MIDs find their path through this process in many ways. Some go to seminary, some take an alternate path under the direction of their COMs and mentors within the Association.

IKC MIDs can join one another in support and community on our MIDnet Facebook page. Email Rev. Hawkins to be invited into this private group. The MIDnetĀ  also meets regularly by Zoom for conversation and support.

MIDs and COMs use the Manual on Ministry, created by the UCC National Setting, to guide their work and discernment.

View the UCC Manual on Ministry
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