The UCC Ministerial Profile is an authorized minister's denominational credential, presenting an individual's verified standing, criminal background check, disciplinary records, and employment history. The UCC Ministerial Profile is also the document by which an authorized minister reaches local church search committees. While an authorized minister directs his/her profile's circulation, the UCC Ministerial Profile belongs to the United Church of Christ and is administered by Conference offices. Any authorized minister in good standing may request that a Conference circulate his/her profile to any vacancy, and the Conference duly sends it on; authorized ministers are encouraged to consult with Conferences to understand how each Conference circulates profiles. Ministers are encouraged to use all available information, including information found at http://oppsearch.ucc.org to best discern which congregations they may like to engage in an interview.
How to circulate a Ministerial Profile completed before January 31, 2014: All completed and approved UCC Ministerial Profiles that have entered circulation before January 31, 2014, will continue to be honored for up to 18 months (the length of validity for the criminal background check attached to profiles). You may direct circulation requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. For improved visibility in your search for a call with a "vintage" Profile, authorized ministers and approved Members in Discernment are encouraged to create a Snapshot in the new profiles system, as noted below.
Using the new Ministerial Profiles Portal after January 31, 2014: The new Ministerial Profile Portal has been developed to empower and mobilize ministers in their searches, to standardize the profile validation process for Conferences and Associations, and to improve search capabilities among profiles for Search & Call staff. The portal is designed to be user-friendly. (Internet Explorer 9, 10, and Firefox supported on all systems; Adobe Reader recommended.) Create an account and log in here.
Authorized ministers, Conference validators, and Search & Call staff can greatly improve their experience of the Ministerial Profile Portal by orienting themselves fully to the new system, using the following information and resources.
The Snapshot 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, which is found by searching the Snapshot pool by name or skillset.
Orientation Resources and Video Tutorials All users of the Ministerial Profile Portal are encouraged to review all of the following information to best prepare themselves not only for using the portal but also for participating in the United Church of Christ search and call process overall.
For authorized ministers and local search committees especially, two sample profiles have been created to demonstrate the final appearance of a UCC Ministerial Profile created in the new profile system. Profile for Serene Davis.Profile for Tomas Rey.
For Search and Call staff, the PowerPoint presentation that was shared during orientation events in 2013 provides a helpful review.
For those who are creating ministerial profiles, please spend time with the following video tutorial. You can also download a Worksheet in Word format to work on your Ministerial Profile and Snapshot offline.
For those judicatory staff who validate profiles, please review the following video tutorial:
For search committees in local congregations, the following video tutorial introduces the new ministerial profile:
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.
"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