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.
Resources for congregations in transition, including the Local Church Profile, are located through the Search and Call page.
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 Members in Discernment and authorized ministers, a FAQ sheet answers common questions about beginning one's profile.
For Search and Call staff, the PowerPoint presentation that was shared during orientation events in 2013 provides a helpful review.
- When it is time to conclude your search, please withdraw your Ministerial Profile from circulation by clicking “Withdraw” in My Settings within the Profiles Portal.
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.
Minister for Ministerial Calls and Transitions
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Cleveland, OH 44115
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.
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." - Ephesians 4:11-12
Search and Call Survey Conclusions
Our sincere thanks to you – our clergy, members in discernment, conference and association staff – for your feedback in 2011 on the Search and Call Process in the United Church of Christ. Parish Life and Leadership (which has since been reconfigured with Local Church Ministries) contracted with Marjorie Royale, Ph.D., of Clay Pots Research, to analyze our data in order to assist us in providing needed changes to the Search and Call Process in order to better meet the needs of the United Church of Christ. Below you will find a link to Marge Royal’s complete report:
Survey Results - The UCC Search and Call Process
Marge arrived at conclusions and recommended short-term improvements and framed longer-term changes/adaptations in the context of a changing religious landscape. It is good to read the entire reportWhile I encourage you to follow the above link and read the entire report, I want to lift up a few conclusions…
• The Search and Call Process takes too long and is too complex.
• The process works least well in church with part-time pastors. These churches are a continuing and growing proportion of all UCC congregations.
• Different procedures in each conference make cross-conference searches difficult.
• Conference staff play an important role in the success of the process, yet with decreasing staff, they have less time for staffing this function.
• Clergy do not believe the Employment Opportunities provides enough information upon which to make a decision about submitting their profile.
• Continue stream-lining effort and make better use of technology.
• Eliminate or shorten the six-month waiting period for profile changes.
• Review both the Ministerial and Local Church Profiles to shorten the forms and remove redundancies.
• Eliminate the checklists in both profiles.
• Provide an option for an updated background check, rather than requiring a complete new check after 18 months.
• Add an item to the Ministerial Profile that briefly describes the pastor’s theology.
• Develop an online resource that summarizes each conference’s Search and Call procedures. Encourage consistency.
• Continue to develop and use the “designated pastor” or similar options.
• Structured questions about church vitality should be added to local church profile.
Again, thank you for your participation in 2011. A new profile system is upcoming in 2014 to address the needs and recommendations of this survey; please contact Malcolm Himschoot with questions.
"The gifts he 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