The United Church, as a united and uniting denomination, welcomes ministry leadership from other recognized global ecumenical Christian denominations who feel called to serve in the United Church. If you are an ordained or diaconal minister of a recognized Christian denomination and would like to become a minister in The United Church of Canada, please read the Admission to the Order of Ministry resource, under Downloads, below, to learn about the process.
As you review the process and decide on a potential future serving in ministry with the United Church, it is extremely important to understand that immigration requirements are separate from church processes. Applicants are advised that the process will take a significant period of time to meet both immigration and church requirements.
The following provides a brief overview of the timeline involved to complete the six components in the United Church process:
- Component 1: Application and Credential Clearance
Submit an application to enter the admission process using form ADM 302. Please allow six months to one year for the Ministry and Employment Unit to receive and review all the documents necessary for credential clearance.
- Component 2: Initial Interview
Arrange to be interviewed by a Conference, which will determine the suitability of the applicant for ministry in the United Church. Conference Interview Boards meet a few times of year, so please allow another six months to one year for this component of the process.
- Component 3: Appointment
Apply to serve in a United Church pastoral charge. This involves submitting job applications and being interviewed by search committees. Securing an appointment can be a lengthy task. Some find a pastoral charge quickly, while others apply to dozens of vacancies and take years to secure an appointment. The applicant must serve a minimum of one year in an appointment. The appointment is renewable for up to three years in order for the applicant to complete the additional requirements of the admission process.
- Component 4: Education for Orientation
Once you have secured an appointment, you can begin the required courses for orientation to The United Church of Canada. The applicant has three years to complete the courses.
- Component 5: Final Interview
When the appointment and education requirements are complete, the Conference Interview Board conducts a final interview.
- Component 6: Rite of Admission
The applicant needs to secure an appointment or a call. Conference celebrates the Rite of Admission at an annual Celebration of Ministries Service, which takes place once a year in the spring.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact: