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.

Celebrating the Ordination of Elliot Gargus

Elliot Gargus was ordained to Christian Ministry at Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta on May 5, 2024. Elliot is a Peer Support Specialist...

Ecclesiastical Council of Ceil Sheahan

The Commission on Ministry invites you to the Ecclesiastical Council of Ceil Sheahan on November 16, 2023 at 7 pm Eastern/6 pm Central on...

Candace Rowell Ordained at Virginia-Highland Church

On Saturday, August 26, 2023, the Virginia-Highland Church community and the Southeast Conference gathered in joy and gratitude to ordain Candace Rowell. Friends, family,...

Healthy Boundary Training for Retired Ministers, Active Clergy

Join Rev. Char Burch on Zoom for Retired Ministers Boundary Training. This training will be from 1 pm to 4 pm Eastern on Wednesday,...

Upcoming Commission on Ministry Events

The Commission on Ministry ("COM") has three special events coming up: two local church pastor installations and an Ecclesiastical Council to approve a new...