“We are each given particular gifts of the Spirit. For the sake of the world, God calls all followers of Jesus to Christian ministry.” (A Song of Faith)

New Resources

Pastoral relations policies govern search, selection, calls, and appointments between ministers and United Church communities of faith.

For new pastoral relations resources and contact information for your regional council pastoral relations staff, see Downloads, below.

Theological Grounding

In the church,
some are called to specific ministries of leadership,
both lay and ordered;
some witness to the good news;
some uphold the art of worship;
some comfort the grieving and guide the wandering;
some build up the community of wisdom;
some stand with the oppressed and work for justice. (A Song of Faith)

A community of faith, like any community, changes.
When a minister comes into a community of faith
a covenant is made; a promise to walk together as God’s people,
deepening our commitment to Jesus Christ
and growing closer to God.
God’s covenant with us never changes,
but our covenants with one another do change.

(Adapted from the Book of Worship, United Church of Christ © 1986, United Church of Christ Office for Church Life and Leadership, New York, New York. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

To embody God’s love in the world,
the work of the church requires the ministry and discipleship
of all believers. (A Song of Faith)

Guidelines and Policies

What is pastoral relations policy?
“Ordered ministers and designated lay ministers while in paid accountable ministry positions are office holders within The United Church of Canada. While there may be elements similar to employment, the essential nature of the relationship is a covenant.” From Statement on Ministry in The United Church of Canada (2012).

The special status of ministry personnel requires the church to write policy that governs the paid accountable ministry relationship between ministry personnel and communities of faith. The policy that governs this relationship is pastoral relations policy.

Pastoral relations policy governs search, selection, calls, and appointments between ministry personnel and communities of faith within The United Church of Canada. Pastoral relations policy is set by the General Council and implemented cooperatively by communities of faith and regional councils.

ChurchHub is established and regularized as the required process for ministry personnel and communities of faith to search for calls and appointments. The United Church of Canada will support the Indigenous Church in being self-determining in whether or how they use ChurchHub. For introductions, how-tos, and more information see our ChurchHub page and check out the video What Can ChurchHub Do for You?

For more information please contact:

Pastoral Relations
416-231-7680 x3146
1-800-268-3781 x3146


Attachment Size Type
Regional Pastoral Relations Staff Contacts 81.78 KB PDF
Pastoral Relations: Policy for a Community of Faith (April 2020) 851.59 KB PDF
Pastoral Relations: Ministry Personnel (December 2019) 1.36 MB PDF
Pastoral Relations: Supporting the Pastoral Relationship 337.38 KB PDF
Pastoral Relations: Guidelines for a Community of Faith Profile (April 2020) 1.34 MB PDF
Pastoral Relations: Guidelines for Search and Selection (April 2020) 1.46 MB PDF
Pastoral Relations: Additional Resources for Retirement (December 2021) 529.31 KB PDF
Negotiating Tools for Ministry Personnel (2019) 22.52 KB Excel
Pastoral Relations: Regional Council Liaisons (January 2020) 739.22 KB PDF
Congregational Designated Ministers (March 2020) 769.12 KB PDF