Commission on Ministry

The Commission on Ministry and its committees is charged with the preparation of candidates for ministry as well as the oversight and authorization of ministers. In the UCC there are three categories of authorization for ministry; licensed, commissioned, or ordination.  The Commission also acts to work with local churches that wish to affiliate with the United Church of Christ. On this site we have located resources that do the following:

  • Provide guidance to churches that seek to affiliate with the United Church of Christ
  • Offer summaries of steps toward becoming a licensed, commissioned or ordained minister in the UCC
  • Guide candidates through the process of becoming members in discernment
  • Provide an oversight of ways to secure scholarship support for theological education and training.
  • Annual report forms for all the categories of ministry and members in discernment.

Please view the “Resources” menu tab for more details.

Ecclesiastical Councils Set for March 17

The Commission on Ministry invites the Conference to the Ecclesiastical Councils for James Bowman Harris and Cindy Barto at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday March...

Info Session: Preparing for Authorized Ministry on Wed, Feb 15

On Wednesday, February 15, the Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ will hold an ecclesiastical council for Larry Gipson, the final step in his...

Renewal Retreat for Members in Discernment and Persons in Exploration

On January 13-14, 2017 in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee the Commission on Ministry will host the annual renewal retreat for members in discernment and persons...

Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century

Seven persons from Southeast Conference went to San Antonio for the Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century (AM21), the biennial gathering of the UCC...

Ecclesiastical Council Approves Three Candidates for Ordination

The Southeast Conference Commission on Ministry held an Ecclesiastical Council on August 27, 2016 at Virginia Highland Church for Heather Bardole,  Josh Kuipers, and...