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									            Nurturing                                      Massachusetts Conference, UCC
            local                                             INTERIM MINISTRY PROFILE
            church
                                                                    (To be updated after every change)
            vitality
            and the
            covenant
            among our
            churches


Date:

Association/Conference of Current Standing:
                                                                Best Place to Reach You: Home
   I.    Personal Information
                                                                Home Phone: (           )       -
         Name:
         Permanent Addre ss:                                    Office Phone: (         )       -
                                         ,
                                                                Cell Phone: (       )       -
         Current Addre ss:
                                    ,                           Fax: (   )      -
         Email Address:
         Ordained By:                   Date Ordained:
         Place of Ministerial Standing/Denomination:


         Judicatory Offi ce Addre ss:
                                                 ,
         Judicatory Offi ce Phone: (         )       -

   II.   Education/Training

         College/Theological or Graduate Degree:
                                                 Year
                                                 Year
                                                 Year
         Additional Training/Study for Interim Ministry:
                                                 Year
                                                 Year
                                                 Year
         Certification (li st organization):
                                        Date
                                        Date
                                        Date
III.   Professional Record

       Two Most Recent Interim/Settled Ministrie s (please note location, w hether full or part time and dates
       of service for each):
                                                    Full Time           to
                                                    Full Time           to

       Judicatory Contact:
       Name:                                        Phone: (    )   -

IV.    Skills You Bring to Interim Ministry

       List any special training and experience (including date/location) related to each skill checked in
       space provided:

          Parish Self-Appraisal:
          Professional Boundary Training:
          Fiscal Management:
          Church Revit alization:
          Small Group Process:
          Church Closing:
          Transition Issues:
          Dynamics of Long-Term Pastorate:
          Conflict Mediation:
          United Church of Christ Polity:
          Strategic Planning:
          Multi-Staff Issues:
          Federated, Union, Yoked/ United Parishes:
          Following Pastoral Misconduct:
          Experience with Racial/Ethnic Churches:
          Experience with the ONA Proc ess:
          Church Size Transitions:
          Deat h/Illness of a Previous Pastor:
          Presence of Previous Pastor (Retired/Member):
          Connection with the United Church of Christ:
          Worship Changes/Inclusive Language:
          Organizational Restructuring:
          Lay Leadership Empowerment:
          Stewardship Development:
          Other (please specify):
V.      What Size Congregations Have You Served and In What Capacities?



VI.     What is Your Understanding of Interim Ministry Within the Context of Ministry in the
        United Church of Christ?



VII.    Please Attach the Statement on Ministry Based on Your UCC Ministerial Profile

        (This statement should be approximat ely one page long and should describe your faith journey, your
        theology, your understanding of church and pastoral leadership and any other details you wish to provide that
        will give a committee an indication of what it would be lik e to have you serving as their Interim
        Minister/Pastor.)

VIII.   Availability and Position Sought
        Date Available to Start:

        Areas Willing to Consider (check all that appl y):
           Central                       Metropolitan Boston
           Northeast                     Southeast
           Western

        Minimum Expected Duration of Interim:

        I Would be Willing to Consider (check all that apply):
           Relocating
           Sustaining Interim (please specify Full or Part Time):
           Urban/Rural/Suburban (please specify):
           Solo/Multiple Staff (please specify):
           Transition Interim (please specify Full or Part Time):
           Senior/Associate Interim (please specify):
           Supply
        Congregation Size:      Small      Medium        Large
IX.   Salary/Benefit Expectations

      Total Package Equal to: $
                      -OR-
      Base Salary of $            , plus (check all that apply):
         Health Insurance                        Pension
         Housing Allowance                       Housing Equity (if in parsonage)
         Dental Insurance                        Disability / Life Insurance
         Social Security Offset                  Professional Reimbursements
         Other (please specify):

X.    What are Your Criteria for Discerning an Appropriate Setting for You?



XI.   References
      (Please give three telephone ref erences from your most recent pastorates, including one judicatory staff
      person.)

      Name:
      Addre ss:
                          ,
      Phone:      (   )       -

      Name:
      Addre ss:
                          ,
      Phone:      (   )       -

      Name:
      Addre ss:
                          ,
      Phone:      (   )       -
XII.   Signature

       In signing this form, I agree with the following:

       Under no circumstances will I allow my name to be considered as a possible candidat e for the settled position
       at the church where I am serving as an interim minister.
       I understand that if I allow my name to be considered, the Conferenc e/Association/Area/ Regional Minister
       may ask for a Fitness Review of my Authorization for Ministry within the United Church of Christ as provided
       in the Manual on Ministry of the United Church of Christ.

       Applicant



       Signature:                                                               Date:



       Conference/Association Staff Person Where Standing is Held



       Signature:                                                               Date:

       Phone: (      )     -


       Please Note: This is not the official United Church of Christ ministerial profile.
       It is expected that you will ask for your current ministerial profile to be sent from Cleveland to
       the appropriate conference/ association staff person in those instances when it is requi red.
                                                                            Massachusetts Conference, UCC
                                                                               INTERIM MINISTRY PROFILE
                                                                                           Skill/Experience
Name:
Date:

General Skills You Bring to Ministry
This is a ‘forced-choice’ self-assessment. Please check only 4 items on this list which BEST describe your strongest skills:

    Preaching/ worship leadership and planning
    Pastoral care
    Developing teamwork among staff and/or lay leadership
    Helping others develop/explore their spiritual side
    Administration
    Developing enthusiasm for mission, denominational involvement
    Stewardship planning and implement ation
    Church growth planning and implementation
    Develops strong connections to the UCC
    Helps people work through conflict and divisions
    Healing and grief work
    Teaching (please specify below your preferred age groups)


Interim Experience
Please check ALL of the items with which you have direct experience:

     Conducting paris h self-appraisal                                            Stewardship development
     Addressing fiscal management issues                                          Church revitalization
     Church closing                                                               Open and affirming congregations
     Following a long-term pastorate                                              Church staff issues
     Experience with racial/ethnic churches                                       United Church of Christ polity
     Following pastoral misconduct                                                Strategic planning
     Ecumenically shared parishes                                                 Conflicted congregation
     Yoked congregations                                                          Capital campaigns
     Significant increase or decrease in church size                              Organiz ational restructuring
     Developing and implementing Safe Church policies                             Evaluation and assessment
     Other (specify below)
                                                                    Massachusetts Conference, UCC
                                                                       INTERIM MINISTRY PROFILE
                                                                             Statement of Consent

The United Church of Christ Constitution recognizes that God calls the whole church and every member to
participate in and extend the ministry of Jesus Christ [Paragraph 17]. God also calls certain of the church’s
members to various forms of ministry in and on behalf of the church [Paragraph 18].

Persons completing a Ministerial Profile bring unique gifts, skills and experiences. Search committees are
encouraged to approach this information prayerfully and respectfully. The integrity of the placement process in
the United Church of Christ depends upon supportive cooperation and considerate and appropriate sharing of
information among national offices, conference and/or association personnel, search committees, groups and/or
persons beyond the calling body, and persons seeking ministry positions.

We are called to speak the truth in love. Our primary goal is, in all circumstances, to build up the body of
Christ. Relationships between calling bodies and persons seeking ministerial positions require honesty,
integrity, and truthfulness for the health of the church. In that spirit:

I attest that the information contained in my Ministerial Profile is true and complete to the best of my
knowledge. I understand that any misrepresentation or omission may be grounds for re jection of,
consideration for, or te rmination of a ministry position.

An open exchange of relevant information builds the foundation for continuing and healthy relationships
between calling bodies and persons seeking a ministry position. In that spirit:

I authorize the pe rsons and entities to whom I have authorized my Ministerial Profile to be sent and/or
their agents to make inquiries regarding all statements contained in my Ministerial Profile. I also
authorize all persons, entities, former e mployers, committees on the ministry and their agents, courts,
and law enforce ment and other public agencies to respond to inquiries concerning me, and to supply
verification of the information provided in my Ministerial Profile. I understand that such persons may
comme nt on and state their opinions regarding my background and character to those relating to the
search process, such as, members of search committees of a prospective calling body or the appropriate
staff person. To encourage such pe rsons to speak openly and responsibly, I hereby release them from all
liability arising from their responses and comme nts made in good faith and without malice.

The search process in the United Church of Christ further rests on the sharing of Ministerial Profiles and related
information in considerate and appropriate ways with those involved in the process. In that spirit:

I authorize confe rence staff and the persons and entities to whom I allow my Ministerial Profile to be sent
and/or their agents to circulate, distribute, and othe rwise share information gathe red in connection with
my Ministerial Profile. I understand that those gathering information about me concerning my
Ministerial Profile are encouraged to s hare such information with me if requested by me to do so.


Signature:                                                           Date:
                                                                            Massachusetts Conference, UCC
                                                                               INTERIM MINISTRY PROFILE
                                                                                   Background Disclosure

Use of this portion of the Ministerial Profile is an integral part of the covenantal character of the relationship between th e
church and its called leadership. Ministerial candidat es are provided an opport unity to make a conscienti ous assertion
about their ethical performance of ministry in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ and are given space for
relevant commentary. As with all portions of the Ministerial Profile, it is essential that the following information be
reviewed and int erpreted with appropriate sensitivity and responsibility. Any practice of routinely rejecting profiles on a
perfunctory basis without a complet e and thoughtful review of commentary offered by the candidate is strongly
discouraged. Such rejection is unfair both to the candidate and to the calling body.

“The United Church of Christ recognized that God calls the whole Church and every member to participate in and extend the
ministry of Jesus Christ by wi tnessing to the Gos pel in church and societ y.”

Through ordai ning, commissioning and licensing, “authorization is given to perform the duties and exercise the prerogati ves”
of mi nistry in the United Church of Christ.
                                                       United Church of Christ Constitution, Article V, paragraphs 17 and 19



1.      I affirm that the position, power and authority associated with a ministry aut horiz ed by the United Church of Christ
        extends and participates in the ministry of Jesus Christ and is intended to be of benefit to all served by this
        ministry.
             True             False
        Comments:

2A.     I have never been the subject of official disciplinary review by a conference or association of the United Church of
        Christ that result ed in the following:
        1.       Growth program and/or counseling               True             False
        2.       Cens ure                                       True             False
        3.       Suspension of standing                         True             False
        4.       Termination of standing                        True             False
        Comments:

2B.     No official disciplinary review by a conference or association of the United Church of Christ is pending regarding
        me at the present time.
             True             False
        Comments:

(Questions 3 and 4 include only matters subject to official disciplinary review within the United Church of Christ.)

3A.     I have never been the subject of official disciplinary proceedings by another denomination that resulted in
        disciplinary action.
             True             False
        Comments:
3B.   No official disciplinary proceedings by anot her denomination are pending regarding me at the present time.
           True             False
      Comments:

4A.   I have never been the subject of official disciplinary proceedings by a professional association, credentialing body,
      or guild that resulted in disciplinary action.
           True             False
      Comments:

4B.   No official disciplinary proceedings by a professional association, credentialing body, or guild are pending
      regarding me at the present time.
           True             False
      Comments:

5.    No civil lawsuit allegi ng that I attempted or actually engaged in sexual discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or
      misconduct; physical abuse; child abuse; or financial misconduct has ever resulted in a judgment being entered
      against me, settled out of court, or dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired.
           True             False
      Comments:

6A.   With respect to my driving record, I have not had my license suspended or revoked within the last five years due
      to reckless dri ving while intoxicated and/or under the influence of a controlled substance.
           True             False
      Comments:

6B.   With respect to matters not addressed in item 6A above, I have never been found guilty or pleaded guilty or no
      contest to criminal charges. (Do not include acts of civil disobedience.)
           True             False
      Comments:

7A.   My employment has never been terminated because I attempted or actually engaged in:
      1.      Sexual discrimination, harassment,
              exploitation, or misconduct                    True             False
      2.      Physical abuse                                 True             False
      3.      Child abuse                                    True             False
      4.      Financial misconduct                           True             False
      Comments:
7B.   I have never terminated my employment or professional credentials in order to avoid facing or to avoid being
      terminat ed because of charges of actual or attempted:
      1.      Sexual discrimination, harassment,
              exploitation, or misconduct                   True             False
      2.      Physical abuse                                True             False
      3.      Child abuse                                   True             False
      4.      Financial misconduct                          True             False
      Comments:

8.    In my judgment, there are no facts or circumstances involving me or my background that would warrant further
      review before my being ent rusted with the res ponsibilities of ministry on behalf of a calling body of the United
      Church of Christ.
           True             False
      Comments:


I recognize my responsibility to update this background disclosure in a timely manner should there be a
change of status in any of the issues named above.


Signature:                                                               Date:

								
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