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Finding a New Pastor for Your United Church of Christ Congregation

(Commonly known as “Search and Call”)

When a pastor announces that she or he is leaving, people in our churches often feel strongly a number of emotions. One of them is usually anxiety: “how will the congregation find a new minister?” and “what will church be like with a new pastor?”

The United Church of Christ has developed recommendations and procedures to help our congregations through transitions in pastoral leadership. Rather than an unwelcome, but inevitable necessity, the change from one pastor to another can be an opportunity for the growth and strengthening of your congregation.

As the Regional Conference Minister for the Metropolitan and Suffolk Associations, New York Conference, I have responsibility for assisting the Search Committees of local congregations seeking new pastors. One resource I recommend to you is “A Local Church Seeks a Pastor: A Manual for Use in the United Church of Christ.” You can get it from my office [718]898-9210 or uccnymetro@aol.com or by ordering it from United Church Resources [(800) 654-5129].

In the following three sections, I offer additional counsel for congregations in the Metropolitan and Suffolk Associations seeking a pastor. Some of this information is specific as to the ways we work in the New York Conference. The rest is my insights, hints, suggestions on such passages in the life of our churches. There is also a glossary of terms—some of the words we use are very specific to United Church of Christ policy and procedures and may not be familiar to you. I hope you will find it all helpful.

The contents of this section on "Search and Call" are:

Please feel free to contact Interim Regional Conference Minister Freeman Palmer if you have any questions about pastoral leadership for your congregation (freemanpalmer@uccny.org or 201-388-6447). And may God be present to you and guide you as you work to determine who God has prepared to be your next pastor.

Written By
Michael W. Caine
Former Southeastern Regional Conference Minister
New York Conference, United Church of Christ


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