Search and Call

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.

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 and DVD 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 or Conference.

 

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.

 

Search and Call Staff. In support of a congregation in its ministerial search, share the Local Church Profile template and related resources (such as the Welcoming Diversity Inventory). Meet with the governing body to help a congregation plan its approach and timeline, and then again with the search committee after it’s formed to equip the search process with tools from the wider church. Conference and Association staff can utilize the Snapshot database and Profiles portal, the Call Agreement WorkbookUCC Ministry Opportunities, and their own conference compensation guidelines to connect searching ministers and congregations for shared discernment.

 

 

 "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

Contact Info

Malcolm Himschoot
Minister for Ministerial Transition
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3840
himschootm@ucc.org