Ministry in the URC

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The ministries committee is responsible for

Ministers wishing to transfer to the United Reformed Church

The opportunity for ministers of other churches to seek a Certificate of Eligibility and come on to the roll of United Reformed Churches is currently open.

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 (  020 7916 8649) for an application pack. Applications should be received by August 31st 2020, with shortlisting to follow and interviews in October.


Vocations Sunday 2019 – 12 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.

Ministers Gathering 30 April to 3 May 2018

Here are Peggy Kabonde's three Powerpoint presentations, the Powerpoint presentations for Loveday Alexander’s Bible studies along with her ‘Stations of Mark’s Gospel’ and the closing reflections of Francis Brienen and Geoffrey Clarke. Links to videos and photos are below.

Setting the Scene

Rowan Williams
Disciples in the Modern City: Maria Skobtsova – Race, Refugees and Martyrdom:

Peggy Kabonde
The discipleship challenge in the 21st Century pt 1:

Songs – a link to the songs used by Iain McLarty and Doug Gay:

Photos – a link to photographs from the event and these can be downloaded and used for non-commercial purposes:

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

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 5 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

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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