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General Minister and President Cleveland, OH

The United Church of Christ (UCC) invites applications and nominations for the position of General Minister and President (GMP). The GMP is both the spiritual leader of the Church and its Chief Executive Officer. Elected to a four-year term by the General Synod, the GMP must have, or be eligible to receive, ordained ministerial standing or ordained ministerial partner standing in the UCC. The GMP the standard bearer for the core vision, mission, and identity of the United Church of Christ. The GMP is the spiritual leader and pastor of the Church, charged with the care and nurture of the spiritual life of the Church. The GMP is responsible for the unity and well-being of the Church, its covenantal life, and ecumenical and interfaith relationships. The GMP is the public voice and principal spokesperson for the denomination. The GMP is the Chief Executive Officer of the General Synod and is responsible for the work of the Church. The GMP will oversee critical and varied aspects of UCC leadership, including staffing and operations at the National Setting, financial oversight, public theological communication, issue advocacy, and long-term visioning and strategic planning for the Church. In each of these roles, the GMP serves with excellence to prepare the Church for the future, leading the visioning, planning, coordination, and implementation of the mission of the United Church of Christ.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and experienced faith leader to shepherd the UCC into its important next chapter. The United Church of Christ strives to be a vibrant, diverse community of Christians who come together as one church united in faith, action, and justice. Nationwide, the UCC includes over 4,500 local churches and nearly 800,000 members. Since 1957, the UCC has been the church of firsts: it was the first historically white denomination to ordain an African American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. Throughout its history, the UCC was at the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the civil rights movement. Today, the UCC continues its commitment to living out faith in ways that effect change in communities at all levels, locally, nationally, and globally.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and resumes with cover letters may be submitted electronically below. 

Keight Tucker Kennedy and Ernest Brooks are leading this search with Shalini Uppu. 

Detailed information on the GMP search and call process, including a comprehensive position profile may be found at:

The United Church of Christ endeavors to recruit employees from backgrounds that vary by race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, genetic information, past, present or future service in the uniformed services, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local law. The United Church of Christ is proud to be a multicultural, multiracial, open and affirming, accessible to all, equal opportunity employer, except as required by United Church of Christ Bylaws.

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