What We Do
The Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ (UCC) began a partnership in late 2017, formally called the Tri-Conference UCC Ministries, Inc. This partnership was a response to the recognition that we need to experiment with new structures and arrangements to keep growing in our capacity for ministry in and on behalf of the God’s church in the UCC.
Our Staffing Model
In order to take advantage of the efficiency of current technology and to streamline our stewardship of human resources in our conferences’ ministries, one team of people serves the three, separate Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota UCC Conferences. Visit our staff page to read individual roles and contact information.
Our Ministry Support Staff tend to the administrative, logistic, and supportive tasks of the Conferences. Arranging events, supporting websites, handling deposits and paying bills, and answering a wide variety of resource questions for congregations and clergy are covered by our Ministry Support Staff team.
Our Associate Conference Ministers each have ministry portfolios of work that include both a specialty area, such as the Search & Call process, Committee on Ministry functions, or support of a Culture of Call, as well as a geographic region to which they provide general support and care.
And our Executive Conference Minister is head of staff for the whole team and tends to our ministry commitments in the national UCC, with our ecumenical and interfaith partners, and works closely with the boards of directors of each of our conferences to promote healthy and vital UCC leaders and congregations.
Our individual conferences may also employ separate staff for ministries that are embedded in the conferences, like the Camp Director for Placerville Camp in the South Dakota Conference and the Youth and Outdoor Ministry Coordinator in the Nebraska Conference.
The work of the staff of each and all of our conferences is connecting congregations, lay leaders, and clergy with the resources they need for healthy and vital ministry in their contexts. We work hard at listening, encouraging, and connecting.