Resources for UCC Ministers

The Conferences offer a host of resources for United Church of Christ (UCC) ministers including standing requirements and how to keep them up, worship resources of all kinds, and information for new ministers.

New to the Conferences?

If this is your first time as a minister in the IA, NE, and SD Conferences? We have some information and resources to help you get situated.

Become a UCC Pastor

There are several ways to become a pastor in the UCC, we will guide you through the process that works best for you.

UCC Polity curriculum

Curious about what it means to be a part of the UCC? This resource is for you!

Safe Church Policies

Background checks and resources for creating a safe space for all congregants.

Worship Resources

Music, liturgy, lectionaries, sermon seeds, and more resources for you to bring into your worship services.

Standing Requirements
To maintain ministerial standing, UCC authorized ministers must complete the following:

All: Information Review
2020 Deadline – May 18th

Iowa

Central Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Periodic Vocational Support every 3 years
  • Continuing Education, 6 hours every 3 years

Eastern Iowa Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Periodic Vocational Support every 3 years
  • Continuing Education is encouraged

Northeast Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Continuing Education is encouraged

Northwestern Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Continuing Education, 6 contract hours per year

Southeastern Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Periodic Support Consultation every 3 years
  • Continuing Education, 16 hours per year

Southwestern Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Yearly Periodic Support Consultation

Nebraska

Heartland Association

  • Boundary Training every 5 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Continuing Education

Living Waters Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Marks of Ministry Self-Assessment & Peer Review and Ministerial Code Review, every 3 years
  • Continuing Education

Prairie Association

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews

 South Dakota

(Black Hills, Dakota Oahe, Prairie Lakes, and Two Rivers Associations)

  • Boundary Training every 3 years
  • Annual Information Reviews
  • Continuing Education is encouraged
Communities of Practice

A Community of Practice is a structured, facilitated small group of colleagues meeting regularly for mutual support, accountability, and learning. Learn more and join a Community of Practice today!

Information Review

Information Reviews are requested each year for those with UCC ministerial standing as part of requirement for good standing. If serving UCC churches in Iowa, Nebraska or South Dakota, but have other denomination connections or in the process of becoming a UCC minister, we still appreciate the time to complete this form. At the end, the submit button forwards this information review to the conference office, the correct COM chair, and to the preferred email address used on this form.

View and fill out the form now

2020 Deadline: May 18th

Boundary Training

To see the boundary trainings happening within the Conferences, visit our calendar and look under the “Boundary Training” Category filter.

Continuing Education

Check out the list below for a variety of ongoing continuing education opportunities. For one time events, visit our calendar and look under the “Continuing Education” category to filter events.

Pastor Compensation

Salary and benefit guidelines for clergy in the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences of the UCC are reviewed and approved annually. These are guidelines approved by the 2019 annual meetings for the year 2020.

 

Scholarships for Continuing Education
  1. Modest scholarships for Iowa authorized. Contact Conference Minister Rev. Brigit Stevens for additional information.
  2. Learn what scholarships are available to UCC:
    1. Ministry Education Scholarships support those preparing for ministry in the UCC and provide emergency assistance to ministers experiencing financial or personal crisis.  
    2. Leadership Development Scholarships help to support UCC undergraduate students, future seminary professors, African American laywomen, and gifted persons with disabilities, among others.  
    3. The Genesis Fund accepts applications for faith-based projects that are innovative or experimental, that represent a new initiative in Christian mission, or that may be deemed controversial. UCC local churches, associations, conferences, national bodies, UCC-related institutions, and overseas/global partner churches are eligible to apply.
    4. Scholarship application forms and grant applications open online on Thursday, December 1st. Find more scholarship information at http://www.ucc.org/scholarships. Questions can be emailed to scholarships@ucc.org.
  3. Yankton College scholarship applications available online at www.yanktoncollege.org. More assistance at 866.665.3661. (Awarded to high school seniors and post-grad students each year).
Spiritual Directors

This list was last updated in 2016.

Bets, Linda Fransisco
Retired Chaplain/ILH
Des Moines, IA
515.309.1517
pattysgran@earthlink.net

Chicoine, Cindy
Healing Partners
515.473.6240

David, Rev. Becky
Pastor Coaching; UCC authorized minister
Eastern Conference
563.265.9255
becky@blackpearlcoaching.com

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
www.dmpcc.org
8553 Urbandale Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322
515.274.4006
info@dmpcc.org

Durbin, Shannon
Elkader Peace UCC
Elkader, IA
563.920.7681
shannon-marye@hotmail.com

English, Marjorie
Prairiewoods Fransiscan Spirituality Center
Hiawatha, IA
319.365.6700

Gibson, Julie
Newton, IA
641.521.0129

Glass, Diane
Des Moines, IA
515.243.0238

Knowles, Maryellen
Urbandale UCC
Urbandale, IA
515.274.4412
maryellen-knowles@hotmail.com

Miller, Kendy

First Congregational UCC
Iowa Falls, IA
641.648.2694 (office)
Cell (515) 689-1978

Reardon, Kathy
Plymouth UCC DSM
Des Moines, IA
515.280.3861
kathyreardon@juno.com

Riley, Kay
Plymouth UCC DSM
Des Moines, IA
515.243.6046
rileykayj@mchsi.com

Springer, Janice
Cedar Rapids, IA
406.396.6996

Sunday, Anne
Grinnel, IA
641.236.9041
319.290.9171
revsunday1@yahoo.com

Versteeg, Adele
Plymouth UCC DSM
Des Moines, IA
515.279.4020
adelevs@hotmail.com

Waack, Evie
Cedar Falls, IA
319.277.0163
evie@cfu.net

Wingert, Sr Julia
Sisters of the Presentation
Dubuque, IA
563.588.2008
Julia@dubuquepresentations.org

Witmer, Paul
Urbandale DOC
Urbandale, IA
515.255.3253
paulwitmer@msn.com