For Ministers of other traditions considering service in the United Church of Christ
If you are a minister of another tradition considering becoming a member and minister of the United Church of Christ, you are invited to an introductory conversation with the Conference Minister in your geographic region. See the Conference Directory.
If you are a minister of another tradition considering service in a United Church of Christ congregation, you are invited to explore this option through the judicatory of your home denomination. Contact can then be made with the United Church of Christ judicatory. For certain denominational partners there are explicit other agreements which may apply, detailed here:
of Agreement (FOA) and Ordained Ministerial Partner Standing (OMPS) [PDF]
The United Church of
Christ’s Manual on Ministry describes processes of affiliating and obtaining
standing for ministers of other denominations. Here is a brief description of
those processes. For more, see the Manual on Ministry under “Resources”.
Dual Standing and Privilege of Call
This document describes United Church of Christ ministerial standing for those ordained in denominations other than the UCC. For more detail, see the Manual on Ministry in the Resources section.
Considering a New Church Covenant in the United
Church of Christ: A Process for Exploring, Developing, and Affirming New Relationships [PDF]
This booklet describes a process of mutual exploration which will help a
non-affiliated church explore the United Church of Christ along with a UCC
Association. The goal of the exploration process is to decide whether to enter
into a formal covenanted relationship.
Manual on Ministry: Perspectives and Procedures for
Ecclesiastical Authorization of Ministry [PDF]
The Manual on Ministry serves as a guide for associations and conferences serving
as associations for the authorization of ministry on behalf of the United
Church of Christ. All sections of the manual are provided here in pdf format.
Also available from UCC Resources.
Manual on Church:
Perspectives and Procedures for Association and Local Church Covenantal
The first section of this resource explores the covenantal relationships
between local congregations and associations/conferences acting as
associations. It is to be used by and with Committees on the Ministry,
association and conference staff and local church members to help foster
dialogue and increased understanding of what it means to "walk together in
all God's ways" as expressions of the church.
This document, Ministry During the Interim Time, describes some common
understandings and procedures for this form of ministry, as they have been
developing in the United Church of Christ.
"The gifts Christ gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." - Ephesians 4:11-12