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 and Call should orient themselves to the new Ministerial Profile
(coming in 2014) and to the Search and Call processes of Conferences. 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.
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