Search and Call
The process by which authorized ministers and congregations come together for shared ministry in the name of Jesus Christ and on behalf of the United Church of Christ is entitled "Search and Call." Search and Call takes considerable time and thoughtfulness, with prayerful attention to both logistical detail and the movement of God's Spirit. It is expected that authorized ministers and local congregations work closely with Conferences and Associations while engaged in Search and Call.
. Authorized ministers engaged in search & call have new tools for networking and visibility at their disposal through the new Ministerial Profiles Portal
, including a Snapshot tool to highlight one's gifts and availability and an updated Profile format. Ministers from other denominations
who wish to seek a call within the United Church of Christ should first be in conversation with their local Associations and Conferences
. UCC Ministry Opportunities are linked in the section menu on this page; the listing is intended for the use of ordained and commissioned ministers of the United Church of Christ, as well as those who have been granted Privilege of Call.
Search and Call Staff
. Conference and Association persons who staff the search & call process can utilize the new Ministerial Profiles Portal
to review and validate drafted profiles, to explore the Snapshot pool of authorized ministers, and to retrieve UCC Ministerial Profiles for circulation. For work with congregations, an updated sample call agreement is available
; while the call agreement by its nature should be prayerfully shaped according to each context of call, the sample agreement models terms of covenant, provides improved language on insurance and termination, addresses intellectual property, and outlines salary & benefits for full-time, part-time and interim pastors alike. Additional news for Association and Conference Ministers
is posted online, including AM21 news and resources for judicatory ministry.
In 2011, then-Parish Life & Leadership conducted a survey of the Search and Call process. The conclusions and recommendations of the survey have factored significantly into the development of a new ministerial profile system, upcoming in 2014.
"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