Admission to the Order of Ministry of The United Church of Canada (from another denomination)

Members of the order of ministry who are seeking admission to the Order of Ministry of The United Church of Canada are required to complete an educational component. The admission process is overseen by the appropriate unit of the General Council of The United Church of Canada. St. Andrew’s College can offer the program of study, and will provide reports at the student’s request.

In order to begin the admission to The United Church of Canada process students must submit form ADM 302 (Application for Admission) to the Ministry and Employment Unit of the General Council of the United Church of Canada. St. Andrew’s College can offer the program of study and will provide reports at the student’s request. The entire process is outlined in UCC Admission to the Order of Ministry (November 2016).

Admission Requirements

Students are required to submit to the college:

  1. A copy of a letter from the executive of the Conference with which the student is affiliated which confirms approval of the Conference Interview Board that the student is considered suitable to seek appointment in the United Church of Canada, or equivalent.
  2. A photocopy of the student’s Master of Divinity degree transcript, or equivalent.
  3. There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $75 charged at the time the required documents are submitted.

Educational Requirements

These requirements are specified in the UCC Admission to the Order of Ministry November 2016 handbook, mentioned above. All policies and regulations of the college will apply.

Courses available at St. Andrew’s College

  • HA/SA 382 Learning Circle II: United Church History, Theology and Polity (usually offered as a 10-day intensive in February) (4 credit hours)
  • PA 392: United Church Worship (a reading course designed for this purpose) (1.5 credit hours)
  • PA 160: Introduction to Christian Education (on-line) (3 credit hours) OR
  • PA 395: United Church Christian Education/Faith Formation (reading course) (1.5 credit hours)
  • Any other course(s) specified by the student’s presbytery or conference

Note: Students who register for PA 392 and/or PA 395 must commit to registering in HA/SA 382 at St. Andrew’s College. If a student does not take HA/SA 382 at St. Andrew’s College after taking PA 395 and/or PA 392, then in order to have the college submit Form 307 to the United Church of Canada the student will pay a $100 fee.

St. Andrew’s College will assign a faculty advisor to the student, and will provide Completion of Educational Requirements for Orientation Reports to the appropriate unit of General Council of The United Church of Canada upon request by the student. Upon completion and upon request by the student, students will receive a transcript of courses taken.

Students who take HA/SA 382, PA 392, and PA 160 or PA 395 at St. Andrew’s College will fulfill The United Church of Canada requirements and receive the UCC Admissions Certificate from St. Andrew’s College. This certificate is awarded at the yearly convocation ceremony, and the certificate recipients will become alumni/ae of the College.