As outlined in the Oversight of Ministries Authorized by the United Church of Christ, Section 8 of 10*, of the United Church of Christ Manual on the Ministry, the Department for Church and Authorized Ministry (DCAM) is responsible for administering ecclesiastical standing within the Association; carrying out oversight and disciplinary functions; clergy leadership development and continuing education; nurturing the relationship between clergy and congregations; and nurturing the relationship of clergy and congregations with the United Church of Christ.

The Department of Church and Authorized Ministry (DCAM) members are nominated and elected from the 38 congregations of the Central South East Ohio Association (CSEOA) at each annual meeting of the Association.

The elected members will serve three years so that approximately one-third of the Department is elected annually. DCAM members may be elected for a second term.
DCAM membership is as follows:

  • Nine elected members.
  • Ministers and laypersons.
  • One member appointed by the Christian Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ).
  • Co-opt members for one year terms (ex-officio)
  • CSEOA Association Ministers (ex-officio).

DCAM has oversight of the following four proceedings:

  • Periodic Support
  • Situational Support Consultation
  • Information Review
  • Fitness review

In cooperation with the Department of Preparation for Authorized Ministry (DPAM), the Department of Church and Authorized Ministry (DCAM) will connect with the Church and Ministry groups of the Ohio Conference and the United Church of Christ.

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Please contact the DCAM Chair to determine which department point persons can assist you with your questions:

“Anoint Them Prophets!  Anoint Them Priests!”  Point Person (s)
Godspeed Services
New Clergy Connections

“We Welcome One World Family” Point Person(s)
Dual Affiliation
Privilege of Call
Ecclesiastical Endorsements

“Teach Me, O Lord, You Holy Way” Point Person(s)
Boundary Training
Anti-Racism Training

“Bless the Prophet’s Heirs” Point Person(s)
Collegiality Days
Not-Active Authorized Ministers

“When I’m In Trouble, O Stay With Me” Point Person(s)
Churches in Conflict
Periodic Support Consultations
Information Review
Situational Support Consultations
Fitness Review