The Maine Conference  
United Church of Christ   
     Commission for Spiritual Life

The Academy for Congregational Life and Leadership:                                                                                                                                Pilgrim Path to the Future

Fall 2012

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Joined in community, treasured and fed, may we discover gifts in each other, willing to lead and be led.                                                                               ©Brian Wren, We Are Your People



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THE ACADEMY FOR CONGREGATIONAL LIFE AND LEADERSHIP provides a program of spiritual formation and leadership development in community for members and friends of the churches of the Maine Conference United Church of Christ.

The program supports the faith journey of each participant, offering encouragement to live out one’s faith as congregational participant and/or leader.

Academy participation can help prepare persons seeking licensure or other forms of authorized ministry on the recommendation of and oversight through local Association Committees on Ministry.

The CORE PROGRAM is a two year schedule of classes which meet approximately once monthly through the school year in classroom, retreat, home congregation, Association and Annual Meeting settings.  Faculty are leaders in their field, drawn from local resources including the Conference Staff, seminary and other persons with expertise in class topics.


The following subjects are introduced:

*Biblical studies                                                                 *worship and liturgy                                                      *theology                                                                              *ethics                                                                              *learning and growing in congregational community                                
*UCC history and polity                                                   *social justice                                                                      *stewardship of creation                                                                                                                                

EXTENDED PROGRAM: The Practice of Ministry  This third year offers an opportunity for students to explore a particular practice or form of ministry, and is intended to provide practical experience and theological reflection as well as tools and resources to strengthen one’s ministerial capacities.

The tuition is $500 per term or $1000 per year. It is expected that tuition fees will be shared by participant and local congregation. Some scholarship assistance is available.  Cost should not be a prohibitive factor to participation. Car pooling to classes is strongly encouraged.

“There’s a vision of fellowship here
that I would like to have in my own church.”  
        Academy participant



Applications are available as of March 1, 2012.  For more information or to request an application, email Peggy Dunn at or call 207-841-3027.  The deadline for submitting applications is July 1, 2012.