Our Journey…

Our Elders team has been on a journey over the last year to discover ways to be more effective and biblically-centered in order to accomplish the Great Commission.

Through our study of the New Testament and in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission, we believe it is important that we focus on the vision, mission, and values of UCC to achieve this goal. After much prayer, bible study, and discussion, the elders are excited about guiding UCC to become more like the New Testament church model. 

So, what are we doing and why?

  • We have been blessed with enormous growth at UCC. In order to accommodate our future growth we will give more responsibility and authority in ministry to more individuals. This has been called the “Flat and Fluid Model”.

  • Expanding opportunities for more leadership.

  • Protect the mission and Biblical foundation of the church.

  • Improve and clean up the bylaws. 


The Great Commission

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
— Matthew 28:19


Our Partnership with E2 (effective elders)


Documents and Changes

Elder team

Special Meeting
February 10 @ 5:00pm

We will hold a special meeting to formally adopt these changes. Anyone who is invested at this church is welcome to come! However, only those who are members at the time of the meeting will be able to vote. If you are a member, it’s important to make it a priority to attend this short meeting.

Not a member or not sure if you are? If you haven’t been to a Belong Event you are likely not yet formally a member. If you want to make it official come to our next belong event on January 28th. We’d love to see you there.


Why are we doing anything now? Isn't everything working great?

UCC is a great church today, but we have outgrown our organizational structure. We also need to protect the church from unbiblical influences and ideologies.

Acts 20:28-31 — Elders called to protect the flock.

What impact is this going to have on me?

We believe that this will have very little impact on you. Your voice will still be heard, and our ability to protect the church will be strengthened. We will still “affirm” every elder every year. If someone has concerns about an elder, they can bring those concerns to another elder for accountability.

1 Timothy 5:19-21 — Two or three witnesses… Elders who are sinning… Reprove before everyone…

What are the bylaws, where are they, and what do they mean?

Bylaws are the governing documents of the church. Normally they are not something that people want to read and review, so you would go to the office and request a copy. As we go through this process, we have put the documents on this page so that you could read and compare.

Still have questions? Email us. elderquestions@uccmanhattan.net