Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic, the Maine Conference Office will be closed begining Monday, March 23rd, 2020! Staff will continue to work remotely.

The Maine Conference UCC currently has 21 Churches In Transition |  Updated: September 22, 2020

UCC candidates seeking a call in the Maine Conference must have a current/validated ministerial profile, issued by the UCC Profile Office. Only official ministerial profiles, distributed by the Profile Office, will be circulated to search committees.  Select “Maine” in the “Geographic Availability” tab in your UCC Snapshot. Profiles are sent to search committees only at the request of the candidate – e-mail searchandcall@maineucc.org to request to have your ministerial profile sent to a search committee who is actively receiving ministerial profiles. The Maine Conference will not withhold a UCC profile that is authorized for circulation by the UCC Profile Office.

Non-UCC clergy must submit the following documentation to the Maine Conference to be considered as a candidate to serve one of our UCC congregations: A copy of your denominational profile; a letter from your denominational Judicatory confirming that you are a minister in good standing; a signed Statement of Consent and Self-Disclosure form; and an Oxford Document Management Criminal Background Check. (Contact the Maine Conference for assistance in the non-UCC candidating process).

Authorized ministers who have a particular interest in part-time ministry, bridge interim ministry, sabbatical coverage, long-term stated supply, or pulpit supply, please be in touch with the Maine Conference UCC as many of these positions are not always listed on our website.

Guide to Pastoral Search and Call: Notes for the Minister in Search – HERE

Andover – First Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)

The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “The First Congregational Church UCC of Andover seeks someone to lead us in Sunday services that will inspire our church and community. The future is in God’s hands.”

View church prospectus HERE.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

The church is served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Bangor – All Souls Congregational Church UCC – Associate Pastor: Minister of Christian Nurture (full time)

ON HOLD.

FMI: Rev. Deborh M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Bangor – Hammond Street Congregational Church UCC – Interim Minister (full time)

An announced pastoral retirement, effective July 2020. The Search Committee is accepting profiles for a FT Intentional Interim Minister.

Hammond Street Congregational Church (HSCC) is an Open and Affirming congregation in its 187th year, committed to a relationship with God, Jesus Christ and with one another and welcomes all to our Sunday services.  We believe that our spiritual lives give us consolation, so that we may live our daily lives with faith and hope. We are committed to helping all we come in contact with to acquire that faith and hope. We serve as stewards of the church’s physical and spiritual resources. HSCC gives us opportunities to “walk our spirituality” through Christian action as we reach out to provide for the physical needs of our brothers and sisters through various outreach commitments.

After 19 years of service to HSCC, our Pastor is retiring and our congregation is looking forward to building upon the successes we have and to addressing our areas of need.  We seek a Pastor who supports a place where people of all ages, sexes, genders, and orientation can deepen their relationship with God and one another.  Our Pastor will be an enthusiastic minister who is a person of integrity with strong organizational skills, a keen sense of humor, good communication skills and a love of God.

We have a long-term goal of growing our membership, particularly with youth, young families, and young adults.  This is while still honoring in-person pastoral care, connections with our aging congregants, and ministry towards social and economic justice.

We bring to the Pastor an enthusiasm for our church, a strong Trustees board, eager and supportive Deacons, a stellar music program led by a long-term gifted Choir Director and Organist, a Sanctuary that includes a sought after organ and concert space, a part-time Pastoral Assistant, an engaged Outreach team, a community Ecumenical Food cupboard, a talented, organized Administrative Assistant and multiple part-time workers and volunteers committed to our church.  View prospectus

Hammond St. Prospectus.docx

 

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Blue Hill – First Congregational Church UCC – Designated Term Pastor (full time)

The search committee is receiving ministerial profiles.

The Work our Congregation is Called to Do

For 250 years, the First Congregational Church in Blue Hill has been a faith-based community and cultural center for the people on our Peninsula.   Inspired by the love of God, our mission has been to minister to the needs of the many diverse communities who live and visit here.  Members of our Congregation have been instrumental in establishing and staffing multiple organizations that bind together our social fabric, including the Tree of Life food pantry, the Simmering Pot free community meal, the Dolly Fisher Emergency Fund, and the Blue Hill Public Library.   We are a sanctuary where people who are burdened can find healing and unconditional love.   We come from many diverse faith traditions, and we draw on the gifts of those traditions to provide a spiritual home where people from all traditions or no tradition find support for their personal spiritual growth.

We believe God is calling us to continue this community-centered ministry in new ways amid the crises that our world is facing.  We want to support the spiritual needs of new generations in our community that find God in different and sometimes surprising ways.  For many, Sunday worship will remain the cornerstone of church life.  Spiritual nourishment for people seeking solace, for those in the midst of life transitions, and for those seeking the comfort of traditional ritual, will remain central to our worship. For other people, who may not find spiritual nourishment in our current church life, we believe we are called to find new forms and venues for worship. Some new members and friends may not even walk through the church doors. They may call God by many different names.  Our historic church building is historic and is seen in the community as a special place for gathering and celebration.  But we feel God calling us to explore new venues that will speak more effectively to the spiritual needs of all parts of our community, from long-time residents without a church home, to new people moving to our region to enjoy its quality of life, to students who attend the schools that are just next door. Music that inspires all generations has been central to our worship and we expect it to remain so as we discover new ways to worship.

Achieving our expanded vision of worship will require prayer, reflection, boldness and creativity. We proceed from the conviction that we must face outward, strengthen our partnerships with other churches and community partners, and take action to help heal our deep social divisions.  The beauty of the natural world around us shapes our spiritual practice and inspires us to work with others to protect our fragile earth.  Inspired by the disruptive ministry of Jesus, we will seek to advance the cause of social justice and the elimination of systemic racism that prevents marginalized communities and communities of color in our region from fully sharing in the benefits of our spiritual life and our society.    We are a congregation that believes God works through all of us as individuals, and we seek leadership that will work alongside us, and inspire us as we create this new vision of church.

View Prospectushttp://Blue Hill Prospectus.pdf

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Boothbay Harbor – The Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor UCC – Pastor (full time)

The church is served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Brunswick – First Parish Church UCC | Transitional Executive Minister (Part Time)

First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine is seeking a half-time Transitional Executive Minister to provide preaching and executive administrative support while we search for a new Senior Pastor.  This position will be part of a collaborative staff team that includes an Interim Consultant, Minister of Pastoral Care, Minister of Music, Financial Administrator, Administrative Assistant, and Lead Sunday School Teacher. While the Transitional Executive Minister will play a leadership role on the staff team, it will be primarily as a facilitator and coordinator, collaborating on decisions with the individual church staff members and the Church Council. This position will also engage with lay leaders and committees and report to the Church Council, which has ultimate authority in direction and decisions. Responsibilities of this position includes:

  • Preach twice a month in the online worship service
  • Coordinate agenda and facilitate weekly staff meetings
  • Collaboratively plan weekly online worship services
  • Help plan transition back to in-person worship (likely with continued live-streaming of services)
  • Manage priorities of administrative assistant
  • Provide staff support to Church Council and Finance Committees (includes monthly prep meetings and monthly committee meetings)
  • Coordinate with Minister of Pastoral Care regarding pastoral care duties

View Prospectushttp://Prospectus-FPC-Brunswick.pdf

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

East Millinocket – First Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)

The church is served by a Designated-term Pastor. A succession search is being planned. Qualified candidates interested in small church ministry should contact the Maine Conference. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

East Sumner – Congregational Church of East Sumner UCC – Pastor (part-time)

The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “The Congregational Church of East Sumner, Maine is seeking a pastor. The church is located in the western mountains of Maine about 1.5 hours north of Portland, 30 minutes from Auburn/ Lewiston and 30 minutes from Augusta.  Sumner is a town of around 1,000 people, with another approx. 3,000 in neighboring towns from which our 45 congregants come.  Our pastor has just retired and we seek a pastor to lead us and help us witness for God in our community.  We seek to reach out to the unchurched and develop a dynamic children’s program.  Job description: Preaching at Sunday morning worship, counseling, and teaching, administer Sacraments, conducting weddings and funerals, visitation, prayer for the congregation, and regular communication with the congregation.  Candidate Description: Mature believer in Christ who embraces Reformed theology and principles.  We seek a half time pastor, graduate of a seminary.  Compensation: $32,000 plus reimbursables to be allocated among salary/housing/ benefits/pension as determined by the candidate.  Four weeks of vacation.  A sabbatical offered after the completion of 5 years service at the church.”

View church prospectus HERE.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Gray – First Congregational Church UCC – Interim Pastor (part-time)

An announced pastoral retirement, effective July 2020. Qualified and interested Intentional Interim Ministers should contact the Maine Conference.

FMI: Rev. Deborah J. Blood, Conference Minister – EMAIL

Industry – Shorey Chapel UCC | Pastor (part-time)

An announced pastoral retirement, effective July 2020. The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “Shorey Chapel, located in beautiful Central Maine, is a faith based, friendly, active and spiritual church looking for a part-time minister who will teach the Bible, feed us spiritually and will participate with us in our many charitable, social and religious events. As a UCC church, we believe in the teachings of Jesus the Christ and want a minister that does the same. We need a pastor that will support our friendly and cohesive congregation of 37 members with an average attendance of 27 people. We are looking for someone who would like to join our community where there are many outdoor possibilities such as hunting, fishing, lake living, skiing, hiking, gardening and seeking adventures. We are located in a special place that is in the center of cultural opportunities as well as close to many four season resorts. We are close to several Universities and other learning opportunities. We are close to the mountains, not far away from our beautiful coast and we enjoy four equally beautiful seasons. We are a small but mighty congregation with active involvement in many charitable activities including Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministries, support for the local homeless shelter, support of Clearwater Ministries and our local food closet. We also support the UCC Conference and their mission work. We are a self-supporting church from our offerings and we have money set aside to care for our beautiful old church. We are sad to see our last pastor go, but we are looking forward to who the Spirit of God will send us next. We are looking for you, come check us out!!!”

View church prospectus HERE.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Lincoln – First Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)

The church is served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Mt. Desert – Somesville Union Meeting House UCC – Pastor (full time)

The church is served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

North Saco – North Saco Congregational Christian Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)

The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “We are currently seeking a spiritual leader in the form of a part-time pastor. We consider our church a family of caring people, and we have done well lately without a permanent minister. However, we long to have a person to lead us through our spiritual lives and to care for our inner selves as we deal with trials throughout our lives. We are a small church with an average worship attendance of 25. We hope to grow into a larger church with new pastoral leadership. We enjoy serving Hunter’s breakfasts in the fall and bean suppers throughout the summer. Many of our elderly have passed away, so we need guidance in bringing in new members to help sustain us.”

View church prospectus HERE.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Portland – State Street Church UCC – Pastor (full time)

The church is served by an Interim Minister. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Portland – Stevens Avenue Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (full time)

The church is served by a Bridge Pastor. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Waterville – First Congregational Church of Waterville, UCC – Pastor (part time)

The Pastoral Search Committee is receiving Ministerial Profiles.

The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Waterville is seeks a Settled Pastor and Teacher. We are a congregation that is not afraid to take risks and try new things. Over the last 6 years, we have been on a journey of soul searching, evolution, and systemic change. We moved from a mission of the survival of the institution of the church, to being a church in mission; an Open and Affirming church serving those on the margins of our community.

Meeting our neighbors where they are required rethinking the meaning of church and how that might translate into practical service. One of the first things we did was commit to remaining in Waterville and broadening our sense of neighborhood. We donated our pipe organ to a sister UCC church, and sold our church building to the Children’s Discovery Museum of Maine. We now lease space in the former American Legion building (now, The Elm), putting us closer to those we hope to serve. We rewrote our By-Laws to make room for supporting ministries parishioners were feeling called to. This ministry-creating process allowed for the birth of 5 ministries in the last 5 years: Laundry Quarters, Essentials Closet, Creation Care, Starfish Village, Faith Community Nursing.

As we seek expanded engagement with our community, we seek a pastor who will call forth the deeper gifts we have found within ourselves, and who will guide and support motivated parishioners as they pursue the church’s many missions. We need someone who will help find additional community connections in the context of helping us reach our mission goals and become an ambassador for our church in the community. We are looking for someone who is solid, dependable, and who will settle in the community, be known in the community. We value good preaching. We are going to need good pastoral care.

View This Church’s Prospectus

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Wells – Congregational Church of Wells UCC – Pastor (full time)

The Pastoral Search Committee is receiving Ministerial Profiles.

The Congregational Church of Wells is the oldest continuous organization in the Town of Wells, having been organized in 1642 by Rev. John Wheelwright. We are a church of in excess of 200 members and are seeking a full-time pastor to partner with us in our spiritual journey. We seek a pastor who has a dynamic preaching style, and one who will explore and develop our knowledge and understanding of the Gospels, lead us in Christian Education (both Youth and Adult) and help us to navigate through the changes that today’s world is leading us. The ideal candidate will further assist us in our outreach and missions’ programs and to work toward discovering new ways to serve our neighbors, both near and far.
Church Prospectus – HERE

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

Westbrook – Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (full time)

The church is served by a Transitional Minister. Watch for updates.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

York – First Parish Church UCC – Senior Pastor (full time)

HOLD ON MINISTERIAL PROFILES

The search committee is accepting ministerial profiles. “Our robust, traditional congregation in a quaint New England town seeks a Senior Pastor to lead us in worship, the life of the church, and in community efforts. Here, faith is not just demonstrated on Sundays; the church campus is buzzing with activity all week! We look forward to having our Senior Pastor lead us in what we do on-and beyond-campus. In addition, we welcome your promotional skills and direction to assist in communicating all we do! We are excited to learn about your experience in growth strategies, assisting in a capital campaign, and strategically planning for the long-term life of a church. We seek a Senior Pastor with recognized excellence in the content and delivery of sermons that are rooted in Biblical scholarship and which provide inspiration, spiritual growth and meaningful guidance in terms of dealing with today’s challenges. We are a church that is exceptionally good at serving the needs of retirement-aged people and we have a growing youth program, but we look to you to help us meet the needs of the lost demographics in our church. As you bring ideas, please be sensitive to the fact that change does not come easily. You will be chief of staff, working with a thoughtful and engaging Associate Pastor, a gifted, long-term Choir Director, an organized Office Manager, and a host of other part-time staffers. You’ll also work closely with lay leadership in a terrific church close to Boston, Portsmouth, and Portland. If you love God, are a person of integrity, possess strong organizational and communication skills, and will provide help and healing to all, we want to meet you!”

View church prospectus HERE.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL

York Beach – Union Congregational Church UCC – Pastor (part-time)

An announced pastoral retirement, effective 6/8/2020. Interested and qualified Intentional Interim Ministers should contact the Maine Conference.

FMI: Rev. Deborah M. Jenks, Interim Associate Conference Minister – EMAIL