Member in Discernment

When a member of a UCC congregation begins to feel called to ordained ministry, there is a formal discernment process that connects them both to the Local Church and the Wider Church. They work with both their Local Church and a Wider Church Committee dedicated to working with those in discernment. A member of a Local Church who is approved by an Association’s or Conference’s Committee on Ministry to enter a discernment relationship towards ordination is called a Member in Discernment (MID).

Someone is a MID until they are approved for ordination, pending call.

Ordained Ministers are authorized to serve and to lead on behalf of the UCC and the Church Universal, a ministry that encompasses the fullest range of leadership ministries: priestly and prophetic, representative and servant. They are called to embody the love of God for the world and to proclaim the good news on behalf of the Church, personally and publicly pointing the Church to its dependence on Jesus Christ, the source of its faith, mission, and unity.

The policies and practices for MID Ministerial Standing are specific to each association and/or conference. Click below on your association or conference to learn more about the MID process and to access necessary documents throughout the process. 

Iowa Conference Northeast Association

Documents coming soon!

Nebraska Living Waters Association

Documents coming soon!

Nebraska Prairie Association

Documents coming soon!

Dakota Association, Committee on Ministry

Documents coming soon!

Questions?

If you have questions relating to the Member in Discernment Process, contact ACM Rev. Ellis Arnold who works with those in the process.

Safe Church policies

Background checks and resources for creating a safe space for all congregants.

Essential Member in Discernment Resources:

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The Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers of the UCC

  • An outline of the complex combination of talents, understandings, and skills needed for ministerial leadership in the United Church of Christ.

UCC Ministerial Code

  • All persons with ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ are expected to abide by the UCC Ministerial Code.

Journaling the Journey

  • A creative workbook for engaging and reflecting upon the Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers in one’s own ministry.

Discernment Travelogue

  • A resource for spiritual journeys, discernment, and decisions made along the way. Copies are also available through the conference office.

Marks Rubric

  • An assessment tool for those in discernment, their mentors, and committees. The tool uses the Marks for discernment in reflecting on formation for ministry and identifying areas for further growth.