Ministry Team Contact: Bunny Oliver, Chair, email
The Committee on Ministry (COM) oversees the evaluation of Conference staff performance, and the authorization of standing for both churches and clergy.
The COM represents the Conference acting as an Association for purposes of authorizing ministries. While there is a separately-incorporated Idaho Association, the functions of ministerial authorizations are carried out by COM, which always includes at least three members from Idaho Association congregations.
The scope of work by COM begins with persons who are in a discernment process about ministry (formerly called the in-care process), provides mentors and advisors, and counsels individuals throughout their journeys from discernment to ordination, licensure, or commissioning.
COM accepts the guidelines of the UCC Manual on Ministry as its working guidelines and resources for all questions and procedures related to authorizing ministries.
Concern and support for retired clergy and surviving spouses residing within the Conference is part of the COM ministry, and is focused in the work of annuitant visitors who work closely with the UCC Pension Boards.
COM arranges periodic ministerial ethics and boundaries seminars.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee on Ministry, please download and review the job description.