Dear ICCC clergy members.

On behalf of our ICCC Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, we hope you are staying well and safe.

I hope you are hanging in there in dealing with your parish or chaplain ministries. These are challenging times for clergy as we seek to re-imagine new and different ways of serving our various congregations, whether it be in a parish, prison, military, hospital, or working with first responders during this pandemic crisis.

I pray that you are doing activities to take care of your health and spirit. We need to practice self-care because we are of no use to our congregations and communities and our loved ones if we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained! I hope you are a member of a clergy peer group or some network of friends and colleagues to stay connected and nourished. 

As the world is turning upside down, so is the life of the Church turning upside down! There are lots of articles stating how this crisis might transform the Church. I just read two pieces that I thought you might find of interest. You may not agree with these writers, but this crisis has pushed us into thinking and acting differently.  Here are the links –

I want to propose some small ways on how we can support one another through this crisis and beyond!

  • Let us pray for one another and the various congregations and communities we serve.
  • Please share with us how you and your “congregation” are responding to this crisis, e.g., worship, pastoral care, community outreach, etc. We will post your story on our ICCC Facebook page so that others can learn from your experience.
  • I currently facilitate a bi-weekly Zoom call for a group of pastors in New York City so that we can check-in and provide mutual support for one another. I am open to hosting a periodic Zoom check-in time for you if you feel this is something that would be helpful for you and your ministry. I am scheduling the first Zoom session for Thursday, April 9, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST. I know this time will not work for everybody, but this is just an exploratory session to discern how much interest there is in having such a Zoom conversation to check-in with how you are doing. Information for the Zoom call is on the right.

Finally, I heard today that under the new stimulus bill passed by Congress, that religious organizations/congregations with less than 50 staff might apply for a forgivable loan to pay for the staff you have kept on your payroll during this crisis. It is called the Paycheck Protection Program. I don’t know the legal requirements. You should check with other clergies in your region to learn more about this program. It begins tomorrow, Friday, April 3, 2020.

Please feel free to email me at or call me at 502-387-8515 if you have any comments or questions about my message.  Take care.  Stay well and safe.

ICCC Executive Director

Rev. Phil Tom is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Clergy Check In
Time: Apr 9, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time 
Meeting ID: 815 464 5690
Password: ICCCNOW
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Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday are highlights of the Christian Year. A few short weeks ago, it would have been unthinkable that we would be talking about “not” gathering in the church sanctuaries across the world on these days of remembrance and celebration!
But that is our reality and we pray that you have a church home to worship with electronically during this Holy Week and on April 12, 2020  Resurrection Sunday (also known as Easter). 
Let us also work together to show our UNITY in the faith to the world by doing the worship-at-home activities prepared by jointly by the National Council of Churches (NCC), Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) and Christian Churches Together (CCT).  
Please use social media to share pictures of you and your family participating in this show of unity! 

Please accept the following prayer from your ICCC leadership!

Almighty merciful and loving God, hear the prayers of your people.
Lord, in the midst of great uncertainty in our communities, our cities, our states, our nation and our world community, give unto us the certainty of your loving presence and hopeful promise of your love for us.
May we be certain of your present healing spirit as we face uncertain of the COVID 19 virus.
Guide us, O God that we would make wise decisions in our day to day life.
Bless our ICCC and all our communities with a calming assurance of your love.
Your are our breath and life.  We praise you.
Harry Foockle, ICCC President

Leadership and Development Opportunity for YOU!

The ICCC will be offering several high-quality leadership development opportunities for clergy and laity. Many of these programs will be facilitated by Pinnacle Leadership Associates, a coaching and church consulting group that seeks to partner with others to discover and pursue God’s mission in the world.  Get to know some of the Pinnacle team through your participation in one or more of the following programs:

WEBINARS on Social & Theological Issues

Each month, a member of the Pinnacle Team will lead a one-hour webinar on a social or theological issue like: race, hunger, stewardship and fundraising, women in ministry, reaching millennials, church planting, managing a multi-staff church, attractional to missional church models, preaching in a politically diverse church, emotionally-intelligent pastoral leadership.

Second Wednesdays at 1pm Eastern beginning February 12, 2020.
Information for the webinar and a link will be sent via email the Monday before.

TRAINING in Congregational Development

Pinnacle Leadership Associates president, Mark Tidsworth, will lead monthly one-hour training sessions via webinar entitled, “Faith Change Agent: The New Paradigm For Transformational Pastoral Leadership.” Participation is open, though each session builds on the previous session; participants are encouraged to sign on for the year.

Third Wednesdays at 1pm Eastern beginning February 19, 2020.
A reminder for this training webinar and a link will be sent via email the Monday before.

COACHING for Small Groups of Clergy

These closed groups of 6-8 participants will meet monthly over the course of one year with two of Pinnacle’s clergy coaches: the group offers reflective listening and provides insights and resources to assist movement to assist each participant in reaching his or her goals. Time to address hot button issues is offered as well. Each session lasts two hours.
Please register with DeAnn at the Council Office
Lead by Rev. Mark Tidsworth, Rev. Dot Killian, Rev. Dr. Ircel Harrison and Rev. Dr. Terrell Carter.
Days & Times:
Coaching Group 1: Ircel Harrison & Terrell Carter, Coaches
First Tuesdays, May 2020-February 2021
7:00pm-9:00pm Eastern Time
Coaching Group 2: Mark Tidsworth & Dot Killian, Coaches
First Wednesdays, May 2020-February 2021
1:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time
Pinnacle is also offering brief individual coaching opportunities during March & April, 2020.  Each of the 4 coaches above have made 4-30 minute coaching times available to give you an idea of coaching and encourage participation in the coaching groups.  Those times are listed below.  Contact DeAnn at the Council Office to sign up.

Mark Tidsworth-Eastern Times 
                                  Ircel Harrison-Central Time
April 1st: 5:00pm                                                          April 14th: 10:00am
April 1st: 5:30pm                                                          April 14th: 5:00pm
April 16th: 3:00pm                                                        April 16th: 1:00pm
April 16th: 3:30pm                                                        April 16th: 5:00pm
Terrell Carter-Central Times                                        Dot Killian- Eastern Times
April 10th: 11:00am                                                      April 7th: 1:00pm
April 14th: 12:00 noon                                                  April 7th: 1:30pm
April 23rd: 1:00pm                                                        April 28th: 2:00pm
April 28th: 10:00am                                                      April 28th: 2:30pm


RETREATS for Clergy in Each Region

Funding for five regional retreats, facilitated by the ICCC Leadership Development Team,  for clergy has been granted—each region will be invited to determine their own date, location, and program.
For more information and an application,click here.
Five Regional Retreats: TBA
Recorded Webinars


Rev. Rhonda Blevins and Phil Tom are excited about these learning opportunities for our ICCC members. Below are the available sessions recorded.
Emerging Church Practice in this Coronavirus Context from 03/25/2020

The Great Gift of the Small Church from 03/11/2020

Cultivating Adaptive Change in Congregations from 2/19/2020
Fundraising and Stewardship in Church from 2/12/2020
ICCC Leadership Preview from 1/5/2020                 
Password: ICCCPreview




Got Ideas?
The Leadership Development Team along with Pinnacle Leadership Associates are working together to provide the best topics for the webinars.  They are conducting a survey to see what you are most interested in.  Please participate by clicking on the link below!

Attention ICCC Clergy!!
You are invited to participate in an individual coaching session with Pinnacle coaches during March or April. The purpose of these sessions is to assist your movement toward achieving your ministry goals.
Please refer to the times at the left. RESERVE TODAY! 

To get an idea of the Clergy Coaching Sessions offered, please take a moment to check out this video:



The ICCC has a NEW Facebook Group! Click on the Facebook icon to join!                    
We also invite you to like and follow the ICCC Page, where up-to-date announcements and info can be found. 
The ICCC has 6 Regions, and each will soon have their own Facebook Group.  Keep up to date with your regions news and activities! 
Eastern Zone, Region A (Regional Trustee Doris Marsicak)
Eastern Zone, Region B (Regional Trustee Myrtis Brame)
Eastern Zone, Region C  (Regional Trustee Rev. Bruce Jones)
Central Zone, Region A (Regional Trustee Rev. Sharyon Cosey)
Central Zone, Region B (Regional Trustee Linda Hopkins)
Central Zone, Region C (Regional Trustee Rev.Julia Powe)
Western Zone, Region A (Regional Trustee Saundra Nelson)
Western Zone, Region B (Regional Trustee Chaplain Ken Young)
Check us out here too! #ICCCNOW             Instagram:  @icccnow                                                    Snapchat: icccnow             Twitter:  @icccnow
cuic-logoChurches Uniting in Christ, a gathering of 11 communions in a covenantal relationship, affirm and support the dignity of all people and to the care for the gift of the earth that God has entrusted to us.  It is, for this reason, we join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the dozens of tribes standing in support of their efforts to protect their sovereignty, water, culture, a way of life, and their sacred sites.

To view the entire statement, recently signed by Abraham Wright, ICCC Secretary and other ICCC officers, click here.
“I hope we can all reach out to member communions in Greenville, MS and offer our prayers, our resources and our buildings, if necessary.” – Vince Gonzalez, CUIC
For information, click here.

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Do you pay for all your “things” online?  Why not make your donations electronically as well?
We want our members to contribute when and how they want.  The ICCC offers an electronic giving option… Give by Text, as a convenient alternative to checks or cash.
In less time than it takes to write a check, you can make weekly offerings or respond to special appeals by simply sending a text message from your smartphone.  Sign up today and be liberated from your checkbook!
Simply send a text to 815-506-9017 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount. Example: $25. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email.
Thank you for supporting our mission!


      Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®.

During this special time of year, we pause to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. Family, friends, faith …

We are pleased to announce that the ICCC has recently been accepted into the Thrivent Choice program. 
One way eligible Thrivent Financial members can show their thanks is by directing Choice Dollars to the ICCC. If you’re a Thrivent member who has designated Choice Dollars

®, please take this opportunity to recommend where Thrivent distributes some of its charitable grant funds by directing them to the ICCC.  Thrivent Choice grant funding will be used for Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations, and for our three missions: Agape, Creating Community, and Feeding the Hungry. 

To learn more about Thrivent Choice, visit  Or call Thrivent at 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted.

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You can now designate the International Council of Community Churches to receive .5% of the purchase price from the AmazonSmile Foundation!
Please support the ICCC today and get shopping!  Go to and select the ICCC as your charitable organization.