What kinds of ministry can I pursue?
Many women and men who are attracted to ministry have a deep desire to make a
difference. Ministry happens in many locations and contexts. Here are just a few
Local Church Pastor: These pastors make a difference through day to day contact
with their parishioners. Whether serving in a rural farming community, in the
suburbs or in the midst of a busy and diverse city, there is always ministry to
do. Local church pastors: baptize and celebrate communion, stand with people in
times of great joy and sorrow, lead worship and preach, work with children, youth
and adults, help people relate their faith to their daily lives, teach …
the list goes on and on!
Chaplains: There are a variety of settings for the ministry of
Some serve in the military or VA hospitals, some serve in hospitals and
programs, some minister to fire fighters and police officers, some work
on college and university campuses. To learn more about these types of
ministry, contact the Rev.
Stephen Boyd, Minister for Government and Professional Chaplaincies, at email@example.com.
Pastoral Counselors: These ministers seek to combine the skills and insights
of psychology with the resources of faith. They minister to individuals and families
in times of crisis as well as times of growth. Specialized training beyond the
basic Master of Divinity degree is required.
Youth Minister: Some people feel a special calling to minister to youth and
young adults. They enjoy the honesty, energy and enthusiasm of youth and want
to help young men and women to grow in their faith in God and be leaders in the
Missionary: Some people feel a call to minister in other places in the world
and witness to their faith. Missionaries not only share faith but often stand
with people around the world who are fighting injustice and are in need of the
basics of life: food, shelter, clothing, medical services and education. To learn
more about mission in the United Church of Christ please visit Wider Church Ministries
page on www.ucc.org/wcm.
Christian Educator: The educational ministry of the church is filled with
opportunities to help people of all ages grow in their understanding and practice
of their faith. Some Christian educators are ordained, others are commissioned
ministers and still others are lay people.
These are just a few of many ways of being a minister in the United Church
of Christ. Whether as an "authorized" minister (ordained, licensed,
commissioned) or simply as a faithful follower of Jesus Christ there are many
ways you can live out your call and make a difference.