Assigning UB Pastors
The information on this page was copied from our denomination's main website: ub.org/ministers/assigning-senior-pastors.
It explains the process currently being used by our church and our denominational leadership to find the next Senior Pastor
for Mt Pleasant Church. The person selected to be our new Senior Pastor will begin his ministry here at the end of July, 2018.
Here is the official procedure of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ for assigning Senior Pastors:
It is extremely important to match ministers with the right congregations.
We don’t use the “call system,” under which churches are responsible for finding a new senior pastor. Instead, pastors are assigned to churches by a stationing committee:
The bishop. The bishop or his designee will be chairperson.
The local church’s cluster leader.
The chairperson of the local church’s Personnel Relations Team. (Dan Hoover is our church's representative as the chairman of our PRC.)
Other persons as determined appropriate by the bishop. (Dale Perry, Henry Mathers, Calvin Edwards, Barb Furry, and Rhonda Seese)
The goal in assigning senior pastors is to match the congregation’s needs and vision with a pastor’s strengths. Hopefully, the assignment will last many years. The process emphasizes much interaction between the church and prospective pastor.
We don’t force churches to accept a pastor they don’t want. But the final decision is made by the stationing committee, not by the church.
Ministers are not guaranteed an assignment. Because of the emphasis on getting the right match between pastor and church–
Individual ministers may go without an assignment for a period of time, simply because they don’t fit any of the current openings.
Churches may go without a pastor for a while, because their needs don’t match well with any of the currently-available ministers.
When it comes to associate staff, like a youth or music minister, churches have full authority to hire and release employees.