About the Office of Vocation
The Office of Vocation is the body in the United Church’s structure that supports the accreditation of ministry personnel. Through the Office, these functions previously performed by presbyteries and Conferences have become a permanent part of the General Council.
The Office of Vocation also relates to candidates for ministry through the Candidacy Boards.
The Office of Vocation supports the processes for the discernment and training of ministry personnel, the determination of their fitness/readiness for accreditation, the fulfillment of continuing education standards, and the formal processes for oversight and discipline of ministry personnel.
- View the Introducing the Office of Vocation video.
- View the Introducing the Structures of the Office of Vocation video.
NB: These videos were created when the Office of Vocation was first introduced in January 2019. They are still relevant to understanding how the Office of Vocation functions, but the structural organization chart has been updated (see graphic below in Structure), and the membership of the various committee has continued to evolve.
The Office of Vocation is supported by staff in the General Council Office and deployed Office of Vocation ministers.
To carry out its responsibilities, the Office consists of the Board of Vocation and several committees and commissions:
- Board of Vocation: the elected member body accountable for the work of the Office of Vocation to the General CouncilBoard of VocationCredit:The United Church of Canada
- Standards for Accreditation Committee (Standards Committee): implements the policies set by the General Council by recommending standards to the Board of Vocation in the areas defined by The Manual, section E.2.2
- Credentialing Committee: supports processes for ministry partners, admission applicants, and chaplaincies, and determines and responds to applications from ministry personnel who wish
- to be readmitted from the Discontinued Service List
- to be intentional interim ministers
- to become educational supervisors
- Response Committee: determines the best process to follow with respect to concerns raised about ministry personnel and ensures there are trained and supported reviewers, investigators and conflict resolution facilitators and people with other expertise as required
- Remedial Committee: assesses findings related to the effectiveness of a ministry personnel or investigations about alleged breach of ethical standards, and may initiate formal complaints
- Admission Board: assesses ministers from other denominations seeking to be admitted to The United Church of Canada, deciding suitability and eventual completion of the admission process.
- Candidacy Boards: name candidates for ministry, terminate candidacy, determine readiness for accreditation for commissioning to diaconal ministry, ordained ministry, and designated lay ministry; the Indigenous Candidacy Board serves the Indigenous Church.
E-mail: officeofvocation [at] united-church.ca (Office of Vocation)