Job Number: 44-29
Opening/Closing Date: January 15, 2024 to February 26, 2024

Description

Admission Board (2 vacancies)

We are seeking ministers and laypeople who have the gifts to assess and support ministry personnel from other denominations who feel called to serve The United Church of Canada. Diaconal ministers and people with fluency in languages in addition to English would be an asset.

Mandate

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. In a first interview, the Admission Board determines suitability for ministry and what is required for the minister seeking admission to meet the necessary learning outcomes. The final interview of those who have completed all the requirements assesses their readiness to be received as United Church ministry personnel.

Bylaws relating to the admission process are outlined in section H.6 of The Manual. Additional information is available online: Admission to the Order of Ministry Policy and Procedures and Admission Board Resources, which includes details on conducting interviews.

Membership

The Admission Board consists of 16 members who reflect the broad diversity of The United Church, with particular attention to its equity commitments and the presence of both laypeople and ministry personnel from across the geography of the church. The Admission Board will include ministry personnel from each stream of ministry.

To honour the separation of responsibilities assigned to regional councils and those assigned to the Office of Vocation, Admission Board members cannot also serve on a body of the regional council with decision-making responsibilities that relate to or affect pastoral relations or pastoral relationships.

Member Skills and Experience

At this time, the Admission Board is particularly seeking diaconal ministers and people with proficiency in French or other languages, in addition to English, that may be spoken by ministers seeking admission. 

Members will have skills in discernment, the ability to listen with intercultural sensitivity, and knowledge of the realities of the practice of ministry in various denominations.

Expectations and Term

The Admission Board meets once a month by videoconference call and may meet in person as necessary. Meetings of the board are conducted in English. Interviews with admission ministers  are conducted in English or French; interviews for ministers seeking to offer supply ministry in an ethno-linguistic context may occasionally take place in an additional language. The term of this appointment is until the conclusion of the 45th General Council in August 2025, with the possibility of reappointment for a second three-year term. 

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please see the complete description, below.

To Express Interest

To apply for this vacancy, please express interest or nominate someone.

All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. If you do not receive acknowledgement, please contact Member Engagement. Incomplete or late submissions cannot be considered.

For further information or assistance in expressing interest or nominating someone, please contact:

Member Engagement
Toll-Free: 1-800-268-3781, ext. 2211
E-mail:  nominate@united-church.ca

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