Resources for Local Churches

Resources for Local Churches

The Search & Call Process happens in 5 phases. We are currently producing videos for each phase. In the meantime, you can watch this video  (50:33 mins) for an overview orientation to the entire process.

Below are important documents that will help guide you through this process. 

Phase I - Ending Ministry Well

  • A Sure Foundation - a guide for clergy and churches on healthy practices from the National Setting.  This includes boundaries for departing pastors as well as questions and a format for exit interviews.

  • Liturgy of Farewell  - from the UCC Book of Worship, this is used during worship on your pastor’s final Sunday.

  • Understanding Pastoral Roles - explains the differences between pulpit supply, leave coverage and bridge; intentional interim, designated term and settled.

  • S&C Guide for Interims - this guide is geared toward Intentional Interim pastors but is helpful for congregations considering Intentional Interim Ministry.

  • Profile Posting Instructions  - this document includes essential instructions on where to find information for your profile and what you need to do to get your profile posted.

  • Local Church Interim Profile - fill out this profile if you will be searching for an interim pastor.

    • OR

  • Local Church Designated Term Profile  - fill out this profile if you will be searching for a designated term pastor.

Phase II - Preparing for the Search

Phase III - Discerning Through the Search

  • S&C Guide for Congregations - provides an overview of the entire search & call process, produced by the National Setting .

  • Tips for the Interviewing—(currently under development)

  • UCC Sample Call Agreement - this document can be downloaded and used as a template for your call agreement.

Phase IV - Completing the Search

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