Committee on Ministry

Each of the eight Associations of the Penn Central Conference has a Committee on Ministry/Church and Ministry Committee that oversees the standing of authorized ministers and local churches.

Although each Committee may be organized differently and have some variations in practice, they all use the UCC Manual on Ministry as the basis of their work. As of 2017, there is a new draft Manual on Ministry that is in discussion and discernment among the committees. Please be in touch with your local COM chair for questions specific to your journey.

In addition, representatives from the 9 Committees form the Conference Church and Ministry Commission that seeks to create common practices where possible and strengthen each other’s work.

They have created the Penn Central Conference Manual which is a document with common understandings, recommended best practices, and resources that Committees have offered to other Committees for their use.

The following persons serve as chairperson of the Association Committees:

Central Association – Gary Nottis, co-chair, Linda Williams, co-chair

Gettysburg Association – Rev. Sue Fritz

Harrisburg Association – Co-Chairs: Rev. Jeff Wagner and Terry McGarry

Lancaster Association – Rev. Jim Haun (Committee on Church and Authorized Ministers) and Ruth Raia (MID Committee) –

Lebanon Association – Rev. Julie Beall

Mercersburg Association – Rev. Mark Ruzicka

Northern Association – Rev. Monica Ouellette

York Association – Rev. Ron Oelrich

The following are links to the resources that guide the work of the Committees:

2017 Draft Manual on Ministry – Summary Sheets distributed at COM meetings

2017 United Church of Christ Ministerial Code

I have heard God calling is a resource for church members discerning a call & A Member has been called resource for local church pastor’s journeying with a member feeling called. The Discernment Travelogue is also a good resource for both of these groups as well as the local church discernment committee.

Penn Central Conference Manual (2011)

Monthly People Report

Ministerial File and Transfer Process (Additional Info from MESA)

UCC Manual on Ministry (1986)
UCC Ministry Issues Pronouncement (2009)

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Conference Calendar

  1. Ministerial Education Forums

    March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Hbg. Assoc. Snavely Committee

    March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  3. Hartman Center Bd. Meeting

    March 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. ONA Winter Gathering

    March 24 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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