Thinking about Ministry
These are exciting and challenging times in which to serve the church. The United Church encourages gifted people of faith to consider ministry as a vocation.
At the Conference level there are two streams of ordered ministry in The United Church:
- Ordained ministers with responsibility for word (preaching), sacraments (baptism and communion) and pastoral care; and
- Diaconal ministers with responsibility for Christian education, service (outreach) and pastoral care.
Preparation for each involves study (both offer distance education options) and supervised practical experience.
At the Presbytery level , there are two areas of recognized ministry.
- Designated Lay Ministers (DLM) - requires experience working on a pastoral charge coupled with distance education may include Preaching, Sacraments, Pastoral Care and Christian Education
- Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL) – trained in the local Presbytery and licensed to take occasional Pulpit Supply engagements
At the Congregation level, there is one area of recognized ministry
- Congregational Designated Ministers (CDM) – are employed by and accountable to the congregation to fulfil particular ministries with the congregation. CDMs working in partnership with the Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Minister of the congregation/pastoral charge.
Ordained, Diaconal, DLM, LLWL or CDM... They all start with membership in a United Church congregation, and discerning a sense of God’s call in your heart.
More information is available on The United Church of Canada website or from the Conference Minister, Vocations & Training, Tanya Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Education and Students Convenor for London Conference, Jane Van Patter at email@example.com