Office of Vocation: Candidacy Boards (various vacancies as indicated)
We are seeking several individuals to serve on the various Candidacy Boards of the Office of Vocation. Each Candidacy Board has noted the particular expertise or identities that would strengthen the current complement of members
The Office of Vocation is the body in the United Church’s structure that supports the accreditation of ministry personnel. It 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.
To carry out its responsibilities, the Office consists of the Board of Vocation and several committees and commissions. There are seven Candidacy Boards, which serve as commissions of the Board. Additional information about the Board of Vocation and the Candidacy Boards can be found on the Office of Vocation webpage.
The Candidacy Boards have the responsibilities outlined in the resources related to the Candidacy Pathway, including naming candidates, terminating candidacy, and determining readiness for accreditation for commissioning to the diaconal ministry of education, service, and pastoral care; ordination to the ministry of Word, sacrament, and pastoral care; and recognition of designated lay ministry.
Members of Candidacy Boards need to have skills in listening, discernment, and having difficult conversations. They also need intercultural sensitivity and knowledge about the realities of the practice of ministry. Helpful experience includes having served on a Conference Interview Board, Education and Students Committee, or Internship and Educational Supervision Committee.
For more information about this vacancy, please see the complete description, below.