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                                       ANNUAL DUES

The old adage “Many hands make light work” applies to funding our shared mission. By working together, we are able to provide needed scholarships to Midwinter; support our ethnic, women clergy and chaplain associations; facilitate the collaborative leadership of our Executive Committee [link back to Meet the Exec Team page?]; support training happening at our seminary; learn and make decisions together at the annual meeting of our membership. Your annual dues also support the efforts of your Conference Ministerial Association through education opportunities, retreats and gatherings, crisis support and local priorities. Other clergy Associations may have additional or self-set dues that support the mission of the association; contact them for more information.  


Annual dues consist of $85 for the national association plus an amount determined by each Conference Ministerial Association. Both the national and conference portions are paid together to the Conference Ministerial Association due by May 1 each year. Your Conference MA Treasurer will forward the national portion to the treasurer for the national association. Dues are often paid in conjunction with Conference Annual Meetings/Celebrations. Contact your Conference MA treasurer for payment options. Note to Serve Globally personnel: Serve Globally mission priority will manage your annual dues obligation. Retired and inactive clergy are exempt from paying dues.


Being current with annual dues is a component of good standing. If you are unable to pay dues in a given year, contact your Conference MA Chairperson for a dues waiver. If you are delinquent in paying your dues, you may be given a short grace period or you may be moved off the Good Standing list immediately.




Updates on the current percentage of paid ministerial dues by Regional Conferences are provided periodically to give timely updates on the status of dues paid, and to also model transparency around our common shared commitment to ministry across our membership. Note that the minimum paid rate for member dues per region needed to make essential budgeted ministry is 80%; the goal is for each Conference Region to maintain 90% of dues paid. (Note: percentages listed below are from national records of dues paid as of May 2022- April 30, 2023) 

Serve Globally- 100%


Alaska (126%)
Central (119%)
East Coast(90%)
Great Lakes(69%)


                 Why This Matters: We hold each other to common standards to maintain professional and communal health.  

Ministerium members are asked to maintain “Good Standing” as the baseline measure of our commitment to professional health, growth, and collegiality within the Covenant Ministerium. Every Minister is asked to pursue these commitments with intentionally, for her/his own benefit and that of the larger Ministerium. Members in Good Standing enjoy the benefits of being able to vote at national and regional Annual Meetings, receive scholarships and grants, and share in the joy of influencing our church and carrying their share of common ministry. (All members may still inquire about Crisis Care Funds and other forms of support as needed; contact

There are four components to maintaining Good Standing:

  1. Paying annual dues through the Regional Conference in which you serve.

    • ​​For more info on dues, online payment options, your Conference’s standing, etc., click here.​

  2. Completing a professional Minister's Profile Form and keeping it updated every three years.

  3. Completing a Vocational Growth Tool (VGT) each year.

    • ​The VGT is found under the Resources tab within CovConnect. See info above.

  4. Maintaining regular healthy connections with ECC Ministerial colleagues.

    • This can be accomplished by attending Midwinter, Ministerium Annual Meetings, Conference Ministerial Association meetings and retreats, regional cohorts or mentoring groups, continuing education opportunities, or other gatherings or personal connections.

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