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Search and Call Support

The staff of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences UCC is ready to support local churches seeking leadership and pastors seeking a call. Working with the United Church of Christ’s Ministerial Excellence Support and Authorization Team through the search and call process, the conference helps to match the skills of qualified and vetted pastors with the needs of local churches.
For Churches in Search
Immediately after learning that your pastor is leaving, you should contact the associate conference minister in your area who will help support you.
Rev. Darrell Goodwin, All Nebraska associations, Southwestern-IA, Central-IA, and Southeastern-IA associations
Rev. Samantha Houser, All South Dakota associations, Northwestern-IA, Northeast-IA, and Eastern Iowa-IA associations
Here are more resources for each step of the process such as our conferences’ salary guidelines.
For Pastors in Search
If you are an authorized minister seeking a call in the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences, we welcome you! You should indicate on your pastoral profile that you’d like to circulate your materials in one of our conferences. Then, check for openings in which you might be interested on the national Ministry Opportunities page. You may also be interested to review our conferences’ salary guidelines. Read more in the Guide to Pastoral Search and Call for Ministers/Candidates in Search. If you have questions, contact the associate conference minister assigned to the area in which you want to search.