• Wisdom for Well-Being

    Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century

    December 10-13, 2018 | Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
    presented by the
    Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Team



Wisdom for Well-Being

December 10-13, 2018 | San Diego, CA

The author of Colossians wrote in the second chapter: “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).

With the theme “Wisdom for Well-Being,” this year’s Authorizing Ministry for the 21st Century (AM21) event echoes the hopes of the epistle: to be united in the ministry of Jesus Christ. AM21 participants who gather this December will be invited to seek wisdom for Christ’s ministry through four workshop tracks focusing on Search & Call, Ministry in the Local Church, Ministry of Committees on Ministry, and Ministry beyond the Local Church. In addition to nurturing wisdom, opportunities to nurture personal and collective well-being will be provided through wellness breaks, critical discussions about managing change, and collective promotion of ministerial excellence.

Our Mission Bay venue outside of San Diego, California lends itself to time in the sun, mind-body-spirit exploration, and community-building. As part of this year’s AM21 experience, four meals are included in the event format: two lunches and two evening banquets.

Our time will be woven together through with scripture, music, prayer, table group conversations, workshops, and plenaries prompting us to consider the well-being of Christ’s church, ways forward for ministerial excellence within the United Church of Christ, and best practices related to call, discernment, and assessment. The shared wisdom of conference staff, seminary and regional theological leadership, ecumenical guests, and national staff representatives will grow our communal knowledge and increase our collective impact on the Church and the world.

Looking forward to our time together in December,
Rev. Holly MillerShank on behalf of the
MESA Ministry Team and AM21 Planning Group


December 10


12:00pm – 6:00pm


5:00pm – 6:00pm


6:00pm – 7:30pm

Opening Worship

7:30pm – 9:00pm

December 11


8:30am – 10:00am

Breakout Sessions

10:15am – 11:45am

Lunch Buffet

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Breakout Sessions

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Resource Fair

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Wellness Break for the Remainder of the Evening

December 12

Breakout Sessions

8:30am – 10:00am


10:30am – 12:00pm

Lunch Buffet

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 4:00pm

Wellness Break

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Formal Reception

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Formal Banquet

7:00pm – 10:00pm

December 13

Breakout Sessions

8:30am – 10:00am

Plenary and Closing Worship

10:15am – 12:30pm

AM21 Ends


Post-AM21 events

2:00pm – 9:00pm

December 14

Post-AM21 events

8:30am – 9:00pm


Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa


1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA


Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding AM21, including difficulties with registration, please contact Holly MillerShank (millershankh@ucc.org).