The primary function of the Admission Board is to interview ministry personnel from other denominations to ensure suitability for ministry in The United Church of Canada and in a United Church community of faith. Those coming before the Admission Board have their credentials cleared through staff in the Office of Vocation.
The Admission Board will consist of 12 members and one chair, ideally including lay people and members from each stream of ministry, as well as those who are fluent in French or other languages. The Board will reflect the diversity of The United Church of Canada with respect to gender identity, racial identity, ethnicity, age, geography, and vocation.
It is a priority to include people who bring the lived experience of being racialized or who are from other marginalized communities.
Members of the Admission Board will be members of The United Church of Canada who have skills in discernment, the ability to listen with intercultural sensitivity, and knowledge of the realities of the practice of ministry in various denominations.
Helpful experience includes
- having served on a Conference Interview Board
- having lived or worked outside Canada
- experience with migrants and newcomers to Canada
- having served as overseas ministry personnel
- having come into the United Church through the previous admission process
- experience with other professional admission or accreditation processes
The current estimate is that the Admission Board will meet every other month by video-conference call and may meet in person as necessary. A pattern will be established to respond to the workload and needs of the church. It is helpful if the new members are available for an in-person meeting in London, Ontario, November 23‒28, 2019 for training.
Meetings of the Board will be conducted in English. Interviews with admission ministers may be conducted in French or partially in the admission minister’s language.
The term of this appointment is until the General Council meeting of 2021. Members may be reappointed for a further three-year term by the Board of Vocation.
For more information about this vacancy, please see the complete description, below.