Candidating for Ministry.
Do you feel that God is calling you to serve in ministry? The Uniting Church recognises several specific ministries:
- Pastor, serving for a limited period as a layperson in a specific area of ministry. To find out more about being a Pastor, watch this video by Pastor Lindsay Ginn – Ministry Expo: Pastor (YouTube)
- Lay Preacher, serving as a preacher in your own congregation and in other congregations. To find out more about being a Lay Preacher, watch this video from Mary Riley – Lay Preacher (YouTube)
- Deacon, as an ordained person in a lifelong ministry of service to people on the margins. To find out more about being a Deacon, watch this video by Rev Andy Broadbent – Ministry of Deacon Andrew Broadbent (Vimeo)
- Minister of the Word, as an ordained person in a lifelong ministry of proclaiming the Gospel and leading the Church in mission. To find out more about being a Minister of the Word, watch this video by Rev Lorraine Stokes – Ministry Expo:MoW (YouTube)
The first step is to undertake a Period of Discernment in association with a Mentor, who will work closely with you to assist you as you listen for the guidance of the Spirit. The Candidates for the Ministries Commission will encourage and support you through this process. To find out more about what is involved in the Period of Discernment, watch this video from Carolyn Ebell – Period of Discernment (YouTube)
Some ministers from other churches have joined the Uniting Church. To hear one such story watch this video by Rev Hannes Halgryn – Ministry Expo: Changing Denominations – YouTube