For Churches

Several links listed below will help your church engage in the best possible search and call process.  

Search and Call Overview 

  • “Pilgrimage Through Transitions and New Beginnings” is a complete written guide that supports a congregation in a leadership transition from saying good-bye to your current pastor to the welcome and installation of your new pastoral leader. This guide is made up of six (6) sections:
    • Section OneA Pastoral Vacancy
    • Section Two:   Transition Time:
      • Part One:  Pastoral Vacancies and Congregational Emotions
      • Part Two:  Securing Transition Leadership
    • Section Three:  The Search & Call Process
    • Section Four:    The UCC Local Church Profile
    • Section Five:     Assessing Finances
    • Section Six:       The UCC Ministerial Profile
  • Sailing on Faith: Look Who God Sent” is a video that describes an actual congregation’s search and call process that ended with a joyful surprise. 
 

Profiles (similar to a Curriculum Vitae or Résumé)  

  • Clergy use the online profile system recently launched by the United Church of Christ to search for a church call. Watch this video to learn more about how this system will be used by your church’s Search Committee.  
  • Completing a Church profile will be a major task for your Search Committee, after meeting with Conference Staff. The outline for this document is available for download in both Word and PDF formats. 
  • Online Listing. Once your church’s profile is complete, you will list your church’s opening on the United Church of Christ’s Online Opportunities Listings. Complete this form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., search and call coordinator.  
 

Sample Call Agreements (Contracts) and Compensation Guidelines  

Your church’s first task during a pastoral transition will often be to hire an interim minister. 

When your church has narrowed to a final candidate, consult these documents: 

 

Resources

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