On Sunday, January 15, during worship CUCC will welcome Ryan Wagers as a “member in discernment.” We thank God for this opportunity to mentor and support Ryan as he prepares for ministry through the United Church of Christ.
What is a Member in Discernment?
Becoming a Member in Discernment is way for a student discerning ordination in the UCC to get practical experience and be nurtured by a congregation and a UCC conference mentor. At their January 5 meeting, CUCC’s Deacons Ministry agreed that CUCC will be Ryan’s teaching/mentoring congregation for a year and sent that affirmation to the Southern Conference. This year we will offer him opportunities to preach and to lead a book or Bible study. As an usher and member of the Do Justice Ministry, Ryan will work alongside members serving the congregation and the community. He has trained as a worship technology backup for Jeff Cole, our communications manager.
Ryan will check in with the Deacons periodically. We, the congregation, offer our support and prayers for him, and we would hopefully see him through to his ordination. We are not calling Ryan to a staff position, and are not paying him. This is a spiritual, shepherding relationship that we’ve been chosen for and asked to participate in.
Getting to know Ryan
CUCC’s ministry of nurturing spiritual leaders
CUCC has a history of supporting students like Ryan as they discern their call. Over the years we have worked with fourteen “Members in Discernment” (previously called “Students in Care”) and another dozen seminary interns. This is a quiet and consistent CUCC ministry serving the community by helping to prepare spiritual leaders for the future.
If you have questions about this new relationship with Ryan, contact Pastor Lacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.