Ministry in the URC

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While the website is being updated, the policies and process on the Ministries pages may not be the most up-to-date ones. For the current ones, please contact the Ministries office.

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 The ministries committee is responsible for

Ministers wishing to transfer to the United Reformed Church

Ministers of other churches wishing to transfer to the United Reformed Church can seek a Certificate of Eligibility to come on to the Roll of Ministers of the United Reformed Church.

Applications are welcome from ministers who are members of churches that are either a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the Council for World Mission or the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Those interested should contact the Ministries Office (ministries@urc.org.uk  020 7916 8649) for further details.  

Vocations Sunday 2020 – 3 May

The Ministries Committee has not commissioned any new materials for this year's Vocations Sunday however links to previous material can be found below and the Revd Andy Braunston has created a booklet containing vocation themed devotions from the United Reformed Church's Daily Devotions, for which we are very grateful. That can be downloaded here: Vocation Reflection Booklet

Although Vocations Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Easter, and some material is linked to the Lectionary readings for that Sunday, it can be marked at any point in the year.

Are you thinking about ministry?

Some ministers tell their stories:

  1. Sally
  2. Dorothee
  3. Sohail
  4. David
  5. Judith
  6. Stephen
  7. Fiona
  8. Mike


Some CRCWs talk about their ministry

Introduction to the ministry of Church Related Community Work
CRCW 1
CRCW 2
CRCW 3


The ministries committee deals with general policy on ministry issues and produces major reports and publications like 'Equipping the Saints'. Within the committee there are 4 sub-committees and one advocate:

Assessment Board
Responsible for the candidating procedures and assesses candidates for the Ministry of Word and Sacraments and Church Related Community Work

Accreditations Committee (CRCW & SCM)

A new committee formed of the former Accreditation sub-commitee and the Church Related Community Work Programme sub-committee and has a dual role:

Accreditation sub-committee
Maintains the roll of ministers, accredits those applying for inclusion after training and those coming from other denominations. It also deals with applications for Special Category Ministry posts

Church Related Community Work Programme sub-committee
Is responsible for supporting the Church Related Community Work Ministry and Programme under the terms agreed in the Church Related Community Work Covenant. This includes the accreditation of Churches-in-Community

Maintenance of the Ministry sub-committee
Advises on the level of stipend and ministers’ conditions of service through the Plan for Partnership. It is also concerned for pensions through its associated Pensions Sub-Committee.

Retired Ministers' Housing sub-committee
Works in Association with the United Reformed Church Retired Ministers' Housing Society Ltd.

Leadership in worship advocate
Resources for worship

The committee is also involved with or responsible for:

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