The Ministerial Profile
The Profiles Office of the United Church of Christ keeps a record of current UCC Ministerial Profiles and can circulate them to Conferences upon request. Current profiles will show proper authorization by an Association (or by a Conference acting as an Association) and will contain a comprehensive criminal background check, which is good for 18 months from date issued.
The Local Church Profile is now available with the resources of "A Pilgrimage Through Transitions and New Beginnings."
How to Start or or Re-open a Ministerial Profile:
To generate or update a current Ministerial Profile, please allow yourself several months to draft the profile thoughtfully and to allow for the validation and approval processes. Start with a Criminal Background Check and a signed Statement of Consent. Proceed to enter your information in the online profile program, including 8 electronic references.
When (1) at least seven references are received, (2) you have closed the Profile online, and (3) the UCC Profiles Office has received your completed CBC and SOC, then a draft Profile is processed for your review. Upon approval by yourself and vetting by your Conference representative, a final Ministerial Profile can be circulated.
Create or edit a new Ministerial Profile here; to re-open a Ministerial Profile you have had in the past, please send an email to email@example.com.
Coming in 2014: the new Ministerial Profile Portal!
In 2011, then-Parish Life & Leadership conducted a survey of the Search and Call process. From the conclusions and recommendations of the survey, a new Ministerial Profile Portal has been developed to mobilize ministers in search of varied opportunities, to standardize the profile validation process for Conferences and Associations, and to improve search capabilities among profiles.
In the Ministerial Profile Portal, ministers will have access to a personal account that increases their control over the profile-building process, and over the circulation of a validated UCC Ministerial Profile among Conferences. Additionally, a new "Snapshot" feature of the Ministerial Profile Portal provides an important "first impression" to showcase the ministers' specializations, gifts and talents. Snapshots can be searched by Search and Call staff on behalf of calling bodies.
is a tool for visibility and networking for Authorized Ministers. Updated in real-time by the minister, the Snapshot highlights gifts, skills and availability for ministry, and is searchable to Conference Staff. Because the Snapshot is unverified however (meaning that it does not include validation of standing), it does not circulate to churches.
The UCC Ministerial Profile is a tool that documents eligibility for call in or on behalf of the United Church of Christ. In its final and validated form, the UCC Ministerial Profile with background check not only presents a minister's experience and gifts for the discernment of a calling body, but also presents official verification of a minister's authorization, standing and fitness. Eligible profiles are downloadable by Search & Call Staff through the Snapshot.
To explore the Search and Call process as it will be facilitated by the Ministerial Profile Portal, click "Start Prezi" below and use the left/right arrows to move from scene to scene. Expand the Prezi using "full screen" in the bottom right-hand corner; to return to this page after viewing the Prezi, click "full screen" again or click "esc" on your keyboard.
Beginning in late 2013, a series of demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available for Search and Call staff to view the Ministerial Profile Portal and learn more about its features and functionality. Then in the first quarter of 2014, the Ministerial Profile Portal will be launched and all new ministerial profiles will be entered online using the portal. Any existing profiles that have been completed by the end of 2013 will continue to be honored for 18 months; however, it will be to a minister's advantage to combine an existing profile with a new Snapshot as soon as possible.
"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