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The purpose of this handbook is to put at your fingertips practical information useful to your congregation as a member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.

Handbook for Congregational Churches A  N                      A                                      C                   ...
                            A   HANDBOOK   FOR   CONGREGATIONAL   CHURCHES        IN   MEMBERSHIP   WITH   THE            ...
INTRODUCTION   TO   THE   HANDBOOK        Purpose            The   purpose   of   this   handbook   is   to   put   at   y...
     1.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PARTNERSHIP    Section   1.1       CHURCHES   IN   PARTNERSHIP        Association   ...
1.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PARTNERSHIP    SECTION   1.2       COMMUNICATING   WITH   THE   NACCC        Communicatio...
NACCC   Staff   Members    Phone   1-     800-     262-     1620          Rev.   Casey   VanderBent       Interim   Execut...
Information   Exchange            Communication   involves   an   exchange   of   information   the   content   of   commu...
                   The   Congregationalist    Glossy   full-     color   magazine,   published   in   March,   June,   Sep...
     1.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PARTNERSHIP    SECTION   1.3       NACCC   MEMBERSHIP   REQUIREMENTS        Active  ...
     The   current      fair   share      designation   is    13.00   per   member.      A   church   is   considered   to...
1.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PARTNERSHIP    SECTION   1.4       CLERGY   STANDING        The   NACCC   does   not   Co...
   Licensure   should   be   reviewed   and   renewed   annually,   through   the   process   noted   above.         Ordin...
has   a   lay   ministry   program   available.       Upon   completion   of   the   course   of   study,   many   churche...
1.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PARTNERSHIP    SECTION   1.5       CLERGY   AND   LAITY   OPPORTUNITIES        Convocatio...
Annual   Meeting   and   Conference         The   most   prominent   NACCC   event   for   laity   and   clergy   is   the...
The   Youth   Leader   Training            From   time   to   time,   youth   leaders   from   around   the   country   ar...
The   Leadership   Council   is   made   up   of   members   who   serve   by   virtue   of   holding   other   elected   ...
     2.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   ACTION    SECTION   2.1       HERITAGE        Hallmarks   of   Congregationalism    ...
         Heritage   Sunday         Every   year   in   November,   churches   have   the   opportunity   to   celebrate   ...
2.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   ACTION    SECTION   2.2       THE   CONGREGATIONALIST   MAGAZINE        Online   and   Ha...
Gift   Subscriptions       Additional   Copies         Do   you   know   someone   who   is   not   a   member   of   a   ...
2.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   ACTION    SECTION   2.3       ANNUAL   MEETING   AND   CONFERENCE        What   It   Is  ...
up   to   three   churches.      Inquire   within   your   local   association   as   to   who   may   be    attending   a...
2.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   ACTION    SECTION   2.4       ANNUAL   YOUTH   GATHERING        NAPF    National   Associ...
Both   programs   have   one   thing   in   common         a   place,   time   and   friends,   with   which   to   share ...
3.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PRACTICE          SECTION   3.1       BASIC   ETHICS        Boundaries   are   Important ...
Clergy   are   often   mandated   reporters.   This   means   the   state   requires   a   minister   contact   state    a...
reasons,   it   is   unadvisable   for   a   single   pastor   to   date   parishioners.      In   some   states,   it   i...
firmly   redirects   you   to   your   current   pastor,   it   is   not   that   she   or   he   doesn   t   care   for  ...
is   a   church   wide   appeal   for   a   specific   cause   and   clear   communication   that   all   funds   received...
3.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PRACTICE    SECTION   3.2       SAFE   CHURCHES        Disclosure   Process         The  ...
         Background   Checks         The   NACCC   is   proud   to   announce   its   partnership   with   Intellicorp,   ...
experience   in   leading   a   congregation   through   difficult   times.      Services   and   liturgies   of   grievin...
3.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PRACTICE    SECTION   3.3       PERSONNEL   CONSIDERATIONS   AND   POLICIES        Import...
reviewing   their   pastor   given   their   reverence   and   respect   for   the   office.      There   are   even   som...
Compensation   is   More   than   Money             Vacation   Time    o Because   a   full   time   pastor   puts   in   ...
    Benefits    o Just   like   the   families   in   your   church,   clergy   families   need   and   deserve   access  ...
prohibit   members   from   becoming   employees,   with   the   exception   of   the   pastor.      Since   such   a    p...
3.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PRACTICE    SECTION   3.4       CHURCHES   IN   CONFLICT        Conflict   Happens       ...
    In   some   cases,   but   not   all,   a   formal   agreement   will   be   drafted   to   promote   clarity,   trust...
3.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   PRACTICE    SECTION   3.5       ADVISORS   AVAILABLE   TO   CHURCHES        What   Are   ...
    Resources   are   Available   on   Line         Before   deciding   to   engage   an   individual   you   will   want ...
    Advising   at   a   Glance        Formal      agreement      needed        Vote     of      Congregation      or     g...
        Making   the   Hardest   Decisions   of   All         Advisors   can   help   churches   engage   in   a   number ...
4.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   SUPPORT    SECTION   4.1       RESOURCES   AVAILABLE        Where   to   Find   Some   Go...
Presenting   the   NACCC   to   your   members         Many   times,   individual   church   members   ask   of   their   ...
Other   Resources         There   are   many   other   fine   resources   available,   too   numerous   to   include   her...
4.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   SUPPORT    SECTION   4.2       FINANCIAL   RESOURCES   AVAILABLE        The   Congregatio...
The   Providence   Fund   provides   needs-     based   grants   to   churches   to   enable   their   representation   at...
        Ministerial   Assistance   and   Enrichment   Fund                  This   fund   provides   two   kinds   of   as...
     5.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   AFFILIATION    SECTION   5.1       REGIONAL   ASSOCIATIONS        Congregational   F...
               o Let   us   know   if   we   can   provide   any   information   or   personnel   for   your   meeting    ...
5.      CONGREGATIONALISM   IN   AFFILIATION    SECTION   5.2       AFFILIATED   ORGANIZATIONS        Colleges         Bec...
Research   and   History         American   Congregational   Association    Congregational   Library   and   Archives ,   ...
Societies         Washington   Gladden   Society         The   purpose   of   the   Washington   Gladden   Society   is   ...