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Lay Ministerial Standing

For a variety of reasons, there are times when an Ordained Minister is not available to represent and serve the Church. In such circumstances and in the confidence of the priesthood of all believers, lay persons may be called to bring their gifts and graces to particular roles in which they represent the United Church of Christ. The UCC provides support and accountability in a formal relationship of ministerial standing. Through Lay Ministerial Standing, a lay person demonstrates commitment to view their ministry for that specific time and place as part of the ministry of their Association on behalf of the UCC. In turn, the UCC lays claim to the particular ministry in which the lay person is charged to serve and commits to that ministry’s vitality.

The policies and practices for Lay Ministerial Standing are specific to each association and/or conference.  Click on the documents specific to your conference and association below to learn more about the LMS process and to access necessary documents throughout the process.

Iowa Conference

Conference Committee for Authorized Ministry
  • Serving the Central, Eastern, Northwestern, Southeastern, and Southwestern Associations
Northeast Committee for Authorized Ministry
  • Serving the Northeast Association

Nebraska Conference

Heartland Association Church and Ministry Committee


Living Waters Association Church and Ministry Committee


Prairie Association Team for Authorized Ministry


South Dakota Conference

South Dakota Committee on Ministry
  • Serving the Black Hills, Oahe, Prairie Lake, and Two Rivers Associations
Dakota Association Committee on Ministry

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