MCC Headline News – January 2011

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Metropolitan Community Churches
Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.

New Beginings

MCC Headline News

What's New?A Candidate’s Perspective

Principals of Pastoral Search

A new resource has been developed for our clergy looking to begin the pastoral search process. Few resources have been available offering practical help from the candidate’s perspective. This resource was specifically developed to help our clergy know how to prepare, what to expect, general steps and principles, how to find available pulpits and so much more.

Rev. Dwayne Johnson, pastor of MCC Washington DC writes, “I reviewed the information, and having just gone through the process, must say that what you present here is very comprehensive and totally on target. This is great work and will be a very helpful tool!”

Thirty-eight clergy, Elders, seminary students and MCC staff were invited to share their insights which helped in the development of this resource. Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman, MCC Resource Specialist for Church Vibrancy in All MomentsDevelopment, authored this much needed resource. She brings 34 years experience as clergy in MCC including 19 years working for the denomination mentoring both churches and clergy through the pastoral search process.

Just a few months ago the MCC Protocol for Pastoral Search was posted on the MCC website under Resources, Local Church. Updating the pastoral search protocol for Pastoral Search Committees was the first step in assisting our churches through this critical transition. Today we announce the offering of the second part of the process. Practical help for clergy looking at entering the pastoral search process.

You can access this resource on the MCC website listed under Resources or click here.

The second MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat will be held next week, January 17 – 20, 2011.   The retreat is designed for individuals interested in serving MCC beyond the local level as clergy or as lay leaders.  Applications were received last fall, and 18 individuals have been invited to this year’s retreat.  We take this opportunity to congratulate these individuals, hold them in our prayers, prayerfully support the retreat faculty, and for MCC during the coming days.

The 2011 MCC Leadership Mentoring

Retreat Participants


Ms. Annette Billings

Rev. Marilyn Bowens

Rev. Onetta Brooks

Ms. Michelle Burnett

Rev. Jackie Carter

Rev. Michael Diaz

Ms. Tamara Dunlap-Elkins

Mr. Kevin Highfield

Rev. Dan Koeshall

Rev. Melanie Martinez

Rev. Judith Maynard

Rev. Jim Merritt

Ms. Sandra Millar

Mr. Thom O’Bryant

Mr. Jason O’Neill

Rev. Carol Rawlings-Chambers

Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss

Rev. Danny Spears

2011 MCC Leadership Mentoring

Retreat Faculty Members


Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

Rev. Dr. Mona West

Rev. Don Eastman

Rev. Tania Guzman

Mr. Stan Kimer

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin

People of African Descent, Friends & Allies Conference 2011

Loving Ourselves Into Liberation

Click here to register today for this life changing event! Look for more information on MCC’s 2011 PAD Conference in your inbox.

Save the Date!

19 – 22 May 2011 in Washington, DC

Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

Calls the Nation to Prayer and Recommitment to Valuing All Life

Click here to read the Moderator’s  statement..