Becky Leonard and the Rev. Ellis Arnold Chosen for UCC Manual on Church Team

We are excited to share that Becky Leonard and the Rev. Ellis Arnold were chosen to serve on the team to develop a new UCC Manual on Church. Becky is a member of and secretary for Redfield First Congregational UCC in the South Dakota Conference, and Ellis is an Associate Conference Minister for the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences. Becky and Ellis are among the 20 United Church of Christ clergy and lay members from across the denomination, representing diverse traditions and backgrounds, who will  gather in March 2020 to start years of work on writing a UCC Manual on Church.

The manual will be an aid and guide to faithful local church life, including, for example, what it means for congregations and the wider denomination to live in covenant with each other.

The desire for such a manual has been around a long time. A previous draft, completed in 2004, was circulated widely and is still available. The most recent call came in a June 2019 General Synod Resolution asking for a “Manual on the Local Church” to include, among other things, “a congregational code, marks of faithful and vital congregations, and processes and resources for birthing, admitting, strengthening, revitalizing and releasing congregations.

In a research and writing process that will likely take around four years, the working group will review a variety of documents and resources including the results from a church-wide survey asking what would be helpful to include in a revised Manual on Church that happened earlier this year.

Rev. Ellis says, “as work unfolds, I am happy to answer questions and will certainly be seeking wisdom from churches and clergy around the conferences to help inform this work. I am excited to see where the spirit in this work leads.

2 Responses to Becky Leonard and the Rev. Ellis Arnold Chosen for UCC Manual on Church Team

  1. Ralph Wedeking says:

    We do not need more bureaucracy. Let congregations run their own affairs, they are competent. More will be leaving the denomination if more rules and controls are attempted, I know from first hand experience.

  2. Do not create more bureaucracy. It will back fire, let congregations run their own affairs, they are competent.

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