Local Church Search and Call

The staff of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ (UCC) are ready to support local churches seeking leadership and pastors seeking a call. Our staff work with MESA (Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization) Team at the national UCC to help match the skills of qualified and vetted pastors with the needs of local churches.

For Churches

Immediately after learning that your pastor is leaving, contact the Associate Conference Minister (ACM) in your area who will help support you. Conference staff helps your church leadership find interim pastors and determine its longer-term goals and leadership needs. Then they will train and coach your search committee to complete a local church profile. Finally, your search committee will evaluate candidates’ ministerial profiles, do interviews, and eventually call a new pastor.

For Pastors in Search

If you are an authorized minister seeking a call in the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences, we welcome you! You should indicate on your pastoral profile that you’d like to circulate your materials in one of our conferences. Then, check for openings in which you might be interested on the national Ministry Opportunities page under the Iowa Conference, Nebraska Conference, or South Dakota Conference. You may also be interested to review our conferences’ salary guidelines in the “Pastor Compensation” section. Read more in the Guide to Pastoral Search and Call for Ministers/Candidates in Search. If you have questions, send an email to searchandcall@ucctcm.org.

Search and Call Resources

Discernment and Search Committee
Communication Tools
Sample Letters to Congregation – (In “A Guide to Pastoral Search and Call”)
Creating Your Church Profile

Local Church Profile Form
A MissionInsite Report – You can create this by following the registration instructions on the linked page for your conference

To get a copy of your church’s 11-year report, email Blaine Wilson.

Pastor Compensation

UCC Pension Board Health and Dental Plan Highlights and Rates

IRS Mileage Guidelines

Salary and benefit guidelines for clergy in the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences of the UCC are reviewed and approved annually. These are guidelines approved by the 2019 annual meetings for the year 2020.

ACM Rev. Samantha Houser

ACM Rev. Samantha Houser

Rev. Houser is the contact for all South Dakota associations and the following Iowa associations: Northwestern, Northeast, and Eastern Iowa.

ACM Rev. Darrell Goodwin

ACM Rev. Darrell Goodwin

Rev. Goodwin in the contact for all Nebraska associations and the following Iowa associations: Southwestern, Central, and Southeastern.

Have a question?

Send an email to searchandcall@ucctcm.org to talk to the Conference staff who handle Search and Call in our Conferences.

Search and Call Step by Step:

Diversity in the Search and Call Process:


Video of Search and Call Webinar for Pastors

A webinar designed to help pastors get to know our states, our churches, and our search and call process.