Discerning God’s Call to Ordained Ministry
KUCC strives to be a place for pastors to learn and grow so they one day can server their communities. The process of preparing for authorized ministry in the United Church of Christ is called “Discernment.”
When a member’s call leads to consideration of authorized ministry, the church and that member together seek to discern the particular shape of the call. Such discernment is an ongoing process. The primary question guiding discernment is, “To what ministry is this person called?” and “Does this ministry require authorization?” If so, what form?
A program of formation and preparation for possible authorization is determined by the Association’s Committee on Ministry (COM), in consultation with the member and his or her local church. In many cases, this program will include a seminary degree. Discernment continues within a covenant among the member, the COM, and the local church.
On the Journey
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