Pastoral Relations Policy

The special status of ministry personnel in The United Church of Canada requires the church to write policy that governs the relationship between paid accountable ministry personnel and communities of faith. This governing policy is called Pastoral Relations Policy.  It is set by The United Church of Canada General Council and is implemented cooperatively by Communities of Faith and Regional Councils. The Pastoral Relations Policy also governs search, selection, calls, and appointments between ministry personnel and communities of faith within The United Church of Canada.

There are a number of United Church of Canada Handbooks supporting Pastoral Relations Policy. Go to the national church Handbooks and Guidelines page to access the most up to date versions. (The page is alphabetically sorted, and a long scroll.)

Ordered ministers and designated lay ministers, while in paid accountable ministry positions, are officeholders within The United Church of Canada. While there may be elements like employment, the essential nature of the relationship is a covenant.

– Statement on Ministry in The United Church of Canada (2012)

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