Leadership Grants and Initiatives

Click each title for more information about each UCBMA program and how to apply.

Next Generation Leadership Initiative
Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI) equips, energizes, and empowers younger United Church of Christ local church pastors to build vibrant congregations that change lives and further God’s mission in the world. Each participant engages in a 6-year program that includes core curriculum, individualized continuing education, General Synod visits, learning field trips, and a peer group for support and networking.

CREDO is a holistic wellness benefit that offers clergy space and resources to examine significant areas of their lives and discern prayerfully the future direction of their vocation as they respond to God’s call in a lifelong process of practice and transformation. The CREDO experience is anchored in a week-long seminar and includes a pre-seminar assessment and post-seminar resources so that participants can deepen their commitment to lifelong wellness in four arenas: vocation, spiritual, financial, health.

Annuitant Visitor Program
The Annuitant Visitor Program (AVP) seeks to provide an annual visit to over 6,000 retired clergy and their spouses/partners in the United Church of Christ. Through these visits Annuitant Visitors serve as ambassadors for the Pension Boards’ benefits, communicate appreciation for a lifetime of dedicated service, and offer collegial support.

New Church Start Benefit Support Grants
Grants are given to assist new church start pastors with the cost of health and dental premiums or annuity payments. The initiative is in cooperation with UCC Local Church Ministries and Conferences.

Ministry Still Matters
Rev. Julian DeShazier, a United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister and hip hop artist, shares his call story and thought-provoking comments on why ministry still matters.