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Minister for Ministers in Specialized Settings & Endorsement Coordinator, Application Close: 2/17/23 

Ministry Team Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA)  
Reports To Team Leader, MESA  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 8  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary $63,000-$70,000  

CONTEXT FOR MINISTRY: The Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) serves as the touch point for ministers in the United Church of Christ throughout their ministry. MESA resources Members in Discernment, Local Church Ministers, those serving in Specialized Ministry and all ministers during times of transition. MESA also resources Committees on Ministry and Conference staff regarding ministerial authorization, covenants of mutual accountability and Search and Call. A team job description can be found at

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Minister for Ministers in Specialized Settings and Endorsement Coordinator bears responsibility for education, training, and resourcing for all matters related to professional endorsement of UCC ordained ministers. This includes training COMs on the process of professional endorsement, resourcing ministers seeking endorsement, relating to professional endorsing organizations, and some administrative duties related endorsement in the UCC. 


  • Work cooperatively with partners across the UCC in resourcing and supporting the use of the United Church of Christ Manual on Ministry, and participates in the development, implementation, and support of the overall program and mission of the Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization Ministry Team.
  • Serve as Endorsement Coordinator for Professional Chaplains, CPE Educators, and Counselors, communicating Professional Endorsement requirements to Committees on Ministry, candidates for professional Endorsement, those already endorsed, and Conference Staff. Maintain current understandings of endorsement requirements for the professional endorsing organizations with which the UCC works.
  • Provide guidance and support to ministers seeking UCC Endorsement for professional agencies, reviews packets once approved by a Committee on Ministry, and provide required endorsement documents to professional organizations, attesting to the suitability of United Church of Christ candidates for chaplaincy positions in those positions and agencies.
  • Offer ongoing training on relevant topics to Committees on Ministry, including: Four-Way Covenants, Professional Endorsement Requirements, Ordainable and Authorizable Calls beyond the Local Church; etc.
  • Relate to various organizations related to endorsement within and beyond the UCC in support of UCC endorsed ministers and provide the voice and perspective of the United Church of Christ in appropriate contexts. This includes organizations such as: UCC-PCC (United Church of Christ Professional Chaplains and Counselors); UCC chaplains and chaplains at UCC-affiliated colleges and universities; Association of Professional Chaplains (APC); Association of Clinical Pastoral Educators (ACPE); the Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS); the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP); and other endorsing bodies and ecumenical organizations.
  • Process necessary financial and administrative documentation related to Professional Chaplains, including the data organization and entry for Professional and Government Chaplains for the UCC Data Hub and Yearbook.
  • Develop and maintain practices for renewal of endorsement for UCC ministers who have been endorsed for at least five years.
  • Work in conjunction with other MESA members and colleagues to conceptualize and prepare material to interpret program objectives, including at MESA events (AM21, MID Gathering, MESA 101, General Synod, etc.).
  • Serve as a consultant to the Covenanted Ministries, Conferences and other parts of the church.
  • Promote the program's positive public image by responding in writing and orally on a timely basis to inquiries for information, accepting speaking engagements, and serving as a resource.
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of work teams by fostering a spirit of cooperation and accomplishing assigned tasks.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.

  • Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as in areas of divinity, theology, or leadership development.
  • Ministerial Authorization preferred, United Church of Christ or the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
  • Demonstrated experience in working with Committees on Ministry.
  • Member of a local church of the United Church of Christ.
  • Understanding of the polity and structures of the United Church of Christ.
  • Desire and sensitivity to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with a commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as in one's understanding of mission.
  • Professional Endorsement or Board Certification by a professional endorsing body affirmed by the United Church of Christ is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently.
  • Demonstrated written and oral English language skills, including ability to conceptualize and develop print resources; public speaking skills and knowledge of a second language when applicable.
  • Demonstrated administrative skills.
  • Competency in leadership planning, development and training.
  • Ability to travel within the United States.
  • Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize work and to perform with minimum supervision.
  • Computer experience and ease with adapting to new technology.


LOCATION: This position is offered with the possibility of deployment. Relocation to Cleveland will not be necessary.

COVID-19 Update: Protecting the health and safety of our employees is a top priority. Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment (proof of record will be requested during the onboarding process).


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder's responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life, pension benefits  
Application Deadline February 17, 2023  
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