General Information and Group Member Application


The Central Atlantic Conference (CAC) is continuing the initiation of the Communities of
Practice which is an initiative focused on supporting authorized UCC ministers in its five
associations. The Communities of Practice is designed to function as a learning
community, provide support and maintain accountability for clergy in realizing their
covenants to God, their congregations, communities and, importantly, to themselves.

During the first program year (2018–2019), the CAC is establishing a group in each of our
five associations. During the second program year (2019–2020), the CAC will strive to
establish additional communities of practice in each association, based on interest and
need. The additional Communities of Practice may, potentially, include staff and lay
leaders, other clergy, new pastors, and/or those involved in Christian Education/Faith
Formation and Youth Ministry.

Each initial group will be composed of up to 10 members. The groups will be facilitated by
a trained Community of Practice clergy, who also has served for some time in ministry and
has some seasoned insight to share with member in their group(s). Groups will meet face-
to-face monthly from October through July for 2–3½ hours. In some instances, groups may
meet also via tele/video sessions.

The CAC has been able to keep the program affordable for most clergy. The fee for
participating in each CoP group cycle is only $250 per member for each program year.
This fee is necessary to cover various expenses including support for each Community of
Practice activities, facilitators’ training and stipend, and hospitality for group meetings. It is
expected that congregations will support this effort to ensure participation maintained.
Some limited scholarship money may be available from associations’ Church in Ministry

We are looking forward to the success of this program as we work to strengthen
relationships with clergy in each of our associations and as such support clergy in personal
and professional growth and development. It is our expectation that this program will be a
much needed mechanism that will enshrine a superior level of support for our clergy and
build stronger bonds as we continue to listen as God speaks to our hearts and minds for the




*First Name
*Last Name
*Address 1
Address 2
*Church and Location
Scholarship Support Request
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*Number of Years In Authorized Ministry

An attempt will be made to group clergy together with similar demographics. Please indicate those demographics listed below which best reflect your ministry.

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Solo Pastor
Associate Pastor
Ministry Setting
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Non-Traditional Setting
Church Size
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Small (Under 100)
Medium (101-300)
Large (300+)
Statement of Interest
In 100 words or less, please briefly reflect on why you want to join a Community of Practice and how you believe it will benefit your ministry.
Additional Information and Verification

I am willing to commit to honoring the covenant obligations, including those around attendance, confidentiality, and quality of presence, as they are agreed upon by my group.
(Most likely groups will meet once a month from October–May.)

Technological Capability

I have the interest and technological capability to join a group virtually from time to time, including high-speed internet access, a suitable computer/device, a webcam, and audio equipment that will allow me to fully participate in a group.

Register and pay to confirm Group Member Application ($250)

Upon your received payment your seat will be confirmed in a Facilitators Group. You will then be notified of which Facilitators Group you will be participating in. 

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