The policies and procedures for entering into ordered ministry are for members of The United Church of Canada who feel a call to ordered—ordained or diaconal—ministry. (Learn more about the types of ordered ministers.)

The aim is to support people who are called to ministry through their spiritual, theological, and educational journeys, and to ensure the suitability and readiness of those who are authorized by the church to fill paid leadership roles.

Preparation for ordered ministry requires years of commitment to leadership formation, and includes three major components:

  • Processes of the Church: This includes a period of inquiry and discernment as well as interviews with various courts of the church.
  • Theological Education: United Church theological schools offer the required course of study for those preparing for ordered ministry. Learn about these schools and the programs that they offer.
  • Supervised Ministry Education: An intentional time of practising ministry centred on learning goals and reflecting on the experience with a trained supervisor. Read the Supervised Ministry Education resource, found under Downloads below, to learn the various ways this component can be fulfilled. The Learning Covenant resource offers guidance about this aspect of a SME experience.

The complete process is outlined in the Entering Ministry resource, under Downloads, below.

Please note: A pilot project for Candidacy Pathways is in progress. If you reside in Bay of Quinte, British Columbia, or Manitou Conferences, contact your Conference personnel minister for information on the process for entering ministry.

If you have questions about the process for entering ordered ministry, please contact:

Robin McGauleyProgram Coordinator Ministry Vocations416-231-7680 ext. 2745
1-800-268-3781 ext. 2745
RMcGauley [at]