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The Role of the Moderator


The Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches is the primary spiritual leader of our global movement and denomination.  As such, the role of the Moderator is defined in the UFMCC Bylaws, Article V.E.2.:


MODERATOR: The Moderator is elected by General Conference to serve as the primary visionary and futurist in order to advance the mission and vision of UFMCC worldwide through the exercise of prophetic challenge, creativity, spiritual and pastoral authority, and leadership.  As the primary UFMCC spokesperson, an Elder, and the Chief Executive Officer, the Moderator is a voting member and moderates meetings of the Governing Board and of the Council of Elders; moderates General Conference; appoints Elders; and supervises UFMCC senior staff.  The Moderator shall be responsible for leading the visioning process for the Fellowship, having a presence at global events, teaching and training, engaging in continuous learning, community relations, visitation and assistance in churches, ecumenical relations, and global social justice.


Qualifications and Duties of an Elder

By virtue of election to the Office of Moderator, the new Moderator will serve as an Elder of Metropolitan Community Churches and therefore needs to meet the qualifications and carry out the duties of an Elder as defined in the Bylaws, Article V.E.3.

Qualifications: Elders must be those individuals of obvious spiritual quality and leadership who are mature, have sound judgment, have a proven record of accomplishment as lay or clergy members within the Fellowship, and have successful experience in envisioning and strategic planning for the future.  Elders must be excellent communicators, skilled motivators and teachers, self-motivated and devoted to continuous learning.  Further, Elders must be capable of understanding and working within sound fiscal guidelines, be sensitive to cultural differences, and be able and willing to embrace diversity.  It is desirable that the Council of Elders reflect the diversity of the Fellowship.

Duties:  The primary responsibility of Elders shall be to give pastoral leadership and care to enable the Fellowship in our spiritual journey.  The Elders shall exercise spiritual and pastoral authority to build a shared vision for the UFMCC, prepare the UFMCC for the future, and support UFMCC’s strategic direction.  The Elders serve as official representatives of the Fellowship in the areas of public and community relations; provide oversight of and support to congregations; consult with churches on issues related to church development; and fulfill other ecclesial and ceremonial duties.


Essential Functions of the Moderator

  • Assures sound financial management of MCC and local church fiscal accountability
  • Leads MCC in shaping and living its values, mission, and vision as the primary visionary and futurist
  • Leads the execution of MCC governance as the Moderator of the General Conference and the Governing Board
  • Nurtures the spiritual life of the MCC global movement and denomination as the primary spiritual leader
  • Represents MCC in public, governmental, ecumenical, and interfaith relations
  • Serves as coach, mentor, encourager, pastor, and spiritual director to the MCC Council of Elders
  • Serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MCC and head-of-staff in the leadership and management of MCC denominational staff
  • Serves as the primary pastoral and prophetic leader of the MCC denomination and its global movement
  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for MCC to the media, other churches, other denominations, and other LGBTQIA organizations
  • With the Governing Board, sets strategic direction by providing leadership to develop and execute a strategic plan


DISCLAIMER: The comments from Rev. Nancy are her personal reflections on the role of Moderator. The MNC’s selection criteria for prospective candidates for Moderator can be found in the Moderator Selection Criteria Guide found on our NOMINATE webpage:

Reflections on the Role of Moderator – Short Version (3:28)


Reflections on the Role of Moderator – Extended Version (6:34)