Wider Church Ministries is one of four Covenanted Ministries in the United Church of Christ. We support congregations and the other settings of the church in developing relationships with a wider church that is global, multiracial, and multicultural, open and affirming, and accessible to all. Our Executive Minister is The Rev. James Moos.
Wider Church Ministries is in partnership with the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Common Global Ministries – the worldwide mission program of both denominations. Some Wider Church Ministry programs are unique to the United Church of Christ, others are shared with the Disciples of Christ.
Wider Church Ministry Team
Ministry Team Contact: Denise Andersen, Chair, Email
The Wider Church Ministry Team (WCM) strengthens and encourages relationships between the conference and local congregations with global, ecumenical, and interfaith partners. View our Mission Statement.
WCM seeks to coordinate and provide information about partner churches, visits from missionaries, and mission trips all over the world. This ministry is also the connection point at the conference level for dialogue and celebration with our sisters and brothers of other denominations and other faiths. WCM works closely with Common Global Ministries to arrange visits to the Conference by missionaries and to maintain contacts with partner churches.
The WCM is responsible for promotion of the One Great Hour of Sharing all-church offering – and is delighted that, in each of the most recent years, the CPC has been at or near the top in per capita giving and the number of churches participating in this special offering.
A vital ministry network sponsored by the CPC Wider Church ministry team is the CPC Palestine-Israel Network (CPC-PIN). The CPC-PIN periodically publishes a newsletter, Za’atar, the purpose of which is to widen our CPC connections and participation around Palestine Justice work, to share news, reflections, denominational programs, resources for our Conference, and to announce opportunities for education, travel, partnerships and advocacy on behalf of the Holy Land.
Other activities and duties of the Wider Church ministry team include:
- Development and training of Mission Interpreters
- Sponsorship of Relief/Rehabilitation Work Trips
- Sponsorship of Immersion Ministry Trips
- Promotion of Community Development in matters of justice and health
- Articulation of Issues of Human Rights
If you are interested in serving on the Wider Church Ministry Team, please download a job description.