Search and Call Resources
Staff contact: Jonathan Roach, Associate Conference Minister
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.