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Curriculum and Leader Formation

Committee on the Uniform Series
Curriculum Conversation Relating Theory and Practice
Professional Church Leadership
Committee on Continuing Education with Church Educators
(This committee disbanded in January 2005)

Committee on the Uniform Series

Probably the oldest ecumenical committee in existence, the Committee on the Uniform Series celebrates its 140th anniversary in 2012.

For a century and a half, Protestants of many traditions have worked together to create outlines for church school curriculum based on "the uniform principle," meaning that everyone in church school on a given Sunday would study the same passage of Scripture. This ideal has motivated what is surely the most ecumenically and racially diverse group related to the NCC to work together faithfully on producing the most widely used approach to Bible study in the Protestant churches. A fascinating history of the Committee and of the Sunday School Movement in the United States, "Our Heritage in the Uniform Series," may be requested from the committee's administrator.

Twenty-two denominations and their representative staff form the committee which meets annually. They are working on outlines for the years 2004 to 2010 and will build that six-year cycle around several biblically rooted themes. Efforts are underway to adapt the outlines to a more Afri-centric approach for use in African American congregations.

Click here for the committee's 2006 annual report.

Brenda Tribett provides administrative support to the committee.

E-mail:  btribett@ncccusa.org


Curriculum Conversation Relating Theory and Practice 

The newest committee related to ELMC aims to help denominational education and publishing staffs work together with academics and other consultants to equip themselves with contemporary research and theory about teaching and learning among children, youth and adults. This is especially important as new ecumenical curriculum developments get underway in anticipation of the next century.

At the 1998 annual meeting, the committee discussed a paper on "Technology and Faith Formation," which is available from CCRTP.

The committee has undertaken the production of a developmental chart that reflects emerging research on the impact of gender, race, culture, orientation, and abilities on human growth for use by curriculum writers and editors, professors of religious education, and local church educators.

Staff support to the committee is provided by Garland F. Pierce.

Click here for the committee's 2006 annual report.

Professional Church Leadership

Professional Church Leadership has as its focus the concern of the Church for its professional leadership, both lay and ordained. PCL is a colleague group whose purpose is to encourage and to implement ecumenical efforts in the areas of enlistment, theological and professional training, career-span education, career assessment and planning, placement and deployment, specialized ministries, bi-occupational careers, and salary support, and to clarify the issues and unique opportunities with special attention to white women and racial ethnic women and men in ministry that emerge in relation to these areas of concern.  PCL is also an advocate for issues related to women and racial and ethnic leaders in ministry, as well as other areas where it feels the Church should give special attention to the support needs of its professional leadership.

PCL affirms three fundamental purposes for gathering:

1. For collegial sharing and networking about issues related to church leadership;

2. For continuing education and focused exploration of significant issues facing the church’s leaders;

3. For coordinated programmatic effort to address common issues.

Programmatic collaboration would focus ordinarily on issues of compelling significance that impact all or most PCL communions. PCL itself would determine that it has energy and desire to undertake such collaborative programming.


Offices within NCCC member communions and related denominations whose work is focused on professional church leadership development and that participate in and fund PCL may designate up to two (2) persons to membership on Professional Church Leadership. Non-member denominations may be invited by the Executive Committee to send one (1) representative to PCL.


Committee on Continuing Education with Church Educators
(This committee disbanded in January 2005. For related information or work, contact Garland F. Pierce.)

This committee came to ELMC from Joint Educational Development, a consortium of denominations engaged in producing curriculum and training for church educators. Its mission is to foster ecumenical continuing educational opportunities for all kinds of professional and paraprofessional church educators.

In February 1999 the committee sponsored "God's People Transformed for the 21st Century," an ecumenical gathering of 2000 educators.

In December 1999 they sponsored a consultation, "Toward a Vision of Shared Partnership in the Formation of Church Educators" with Anne Wimberly and Mary Elizabeth Moore.

Staff support to the committee is provided by Garland F. Pierce.



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