Privilege of Call

The process of Privilege of Call (PoC) is designed for an ordained minister who desires to leave the denomination they were ordained in and become an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ.

The Privilege of Call discernment process applies to candidates who belong to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The United Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or other ecclesial organizations whose ministerial formation process is similar to the United Church of Christ.

The policies and practices for the Privilege of Call process are specific to each UCC association and/or conference. Click below on the association or conference you are a part in order to learn more about the PoC process and to access necessary documents throughout the process.

In the UCC, the association or conference of which you are a part is determined by which congregation you are actively a part of and hold membership (or equivalency). In UCC polity, you must be a part of and actively connected to a UCC congregation to pursue PoC. If you need assistance determining which association you are in, contact the Conference Office. When submitting your application, please compile all forms into a single PDF document and send as one file.

Iowa Conference, Conference Committee for Authorized Ministry
Dakota Association, Committee on Ministry

Documents coming soon!

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Essential Privilege of Call Resources:


UCC History, Polity, and Theology

  • Explore more about what it is to be the UCC and enroll in a course that will meet the requirements for Dual Standing.

Local Church Discernment Team Resources

  • Find resources to help equip the Local Church for discernment alongside the candidate.

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.