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.
Churches in Pastoral Transition
. Reach out to your conference or association for assistance with resources including: the Local Church Profile
, an understanding of Ministerial Profiles
, practices of discernment
, and an online listing of your open position at UCC Ministry Opportunities
. Through your conference, your church may list a variety of available positions – including staff, volunteer, and pastoral positions – at UCC Ministry Opportunities. In the online UCC bookstore, you can find a checklist poster
to help your church understand the search process.
Ministers in Search
. Use the following tools for professional networking: The Snapshot
as your online UCC business card, the Ministerial Profile
, and open positions listed at UCC Ministry Opportunities
. Practices of discernment
will assist you as you prayerfully read Local Church Profiles and proceed to interview with search committees. Maintain an account in the Ministerial Profiles system (where both the Snapshot and Profile are created) to demonstrate your availability to serve as special resource person, supply minister, designated-term minister, intentional interim minister, and/or settled minister. If you’re a minister from another denomination and you hope to seek a call within the United Church of Christ, you should first be in conversation with your local UCC Association
Intentional Interim Ministers
. Use the Local Church Profile
to assist the momentum and work of the congregation during an interim season. You may work closely with the governing body or a transition team to engage the whole congregation in discovery, assessment and/or healing, in preparation for the call of a next settled minister. Specialized training for intentional interim ministers is available through the Interim Ministry Network
and affiliates. Always work collegially with conference staff and help the congregation do the same. Note: The ethics of professional transitional ministry dictate that no minister serving under interim terms of call is eligible to be considered a candidate for the settled position when it becomes available.
"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