The parenthetical words after each comment represent my off-the-cuff commentary.
Pastors and other church leaders must have great patience and strength.
NLT: My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.
But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father.
Through your conference, your church may list a variety of available positions – including staff, volunteer, and pastoral positions – at UCC Ministry Opportunities.
Maintain an account in the Ministerial Profiles system (where both the Snapshot and Profile are created) to demonstrate your availability to serve as special resource person, supply minister, designated-term minister, intentional interim minister, and/or settled minister.They are faced with these and many other comments and demands every day.I love these church leaders, and I thank God for them. And tell me what you think of the twenty-five comments that were shared with me.The process by which authorized ministers and congregations come together for shared ministry in the name of Jesus Christ and on behalf of the United Church of Christ is entitled "Search and Call." Search and Call takes considerable time and thoughtfulness, with prayerful attention to both logistical detail and the movement of God's Spirit.It is expected that authorized ministers and local congregations work closely with Conferences and Associations while engaged in Search and Call. Reach out to your conference or association for assistance with resources including: the Local Church Profile, an understanding of Ministerial Profiles, practices of discernment, and an online listing of your open position at UCC Ministry Opportunities.