Search and Call Resources

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.

 

The guides below overview the practical work of transition, the faithful work of discernment, and the ethical expectations for a fair and honest search process. Liturgical and logistical tools are suggested as well.

NOTES FOR THE LOCAL CHURCH
For leaders of a congregation in
a season of ministerial transition

NOTES FOR THE
MINISTER IN SEARCH

For
 ministers or candidates for authorized ministry, seeking a settled or designated-term pastorate in the UCC

NOTES FOR THE
INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTER

For
 the minister serving an intentional interim season in a UCC congregation

NOTES FOR THE SUPPLY PASTOR
For
 the minister supplying a congregation’s pastoral and priestly needs

Templates and Forms

Below are forms and templates for Search and Call in the United Church of Christ.
Click on the links to view each document.