This program focuses on the development and finalization of what is envisioned to be a Magna Carta for Church Workers. The Magna Carta compiles and synchronizes all the policies of the Church related to its church workers. It is an encompassing document covering the church workers’ recruitment, training, recognition and status, terms of settlement, benefits, and retirement.
It supervises the work of the conferences in ministerial formation, examination and ordination and Settlement.
CHURCH WORKER BENEFITS PROGRAM (CWBP)
In 2001, the Comprehensive Church Workers’ Benefits Programme was presented to the National Council at the Brokenshire Resource Center in Davao. This program requires P240 million to implement and sustain.
The UCCP has taken steps to concretize the programme.
First, we must ensure that all church workers are enrolled with Social Security or SSS. As a legal requirement, local churches may be held accountable if this is not fulfilled. Aside from the benefits that church workers will enjoy upon retirement, this will also ease the burden on the UCCP in terms of raising funds for retired church workers.
The Hospitalization Plan envisions that the contributions of hospitals to subsidize health care needs can become the initial fund to establish a hospitalization plan with an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization). The UCCP fund for medical assistance to pastors may be added to this, and campaigns may continue. This scheme will ease the burden on our hospitals and the resources can be channeled to other ministries. However, a prerequisite for membership in any HMO is a PhilHealth enrollment. Therefore, our Conference Ministers should also ensure that all church workers are covered by PhilHealth.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), a responsible, empowered, self-reliant and caring community of Christian believers committed to the pursuit of a transformed church and society towards an abundant and meaningful life for all
In light of such a Vision, the UCCP, therefore, commits itself to the mission of establishing and uniting the community of faith for the proclamation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ towards the transformation of both church and society.
Within the first 5-10 years of its jubillee, the UCCP will translate its mission into a life-work that will focus on the restoration of its relationships - a foretaste of God's reign or shalom.
1. To strengthen the faith community. 2. To enrich the life-work of communities where Local Churches are located. 3. To deepen the impact of its collective response to societal issues and concerns.
Vision, Mission and Goals
United Church of Christ in the Philippines