Becoming a Unitarian Universalist Minister
Ministry is a life-changing and fulfilling profession. Serving in congregations, hospitals, the military and the community, ministers are spiritual leaders who help us explore life’s deepest questions and challenge us to be our best selves.
Unitarian Universalist ministers are credentialed for service by the Unitarian Universalist Association's Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC), which oversees the process of training and credentialing for Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Update on New MFC Competencies and Reading List
The new MFC ministerial competencies and embedded reading list is included in the Requirements for Ministerial Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association (PDF, 25 pages) and Appendix (PDF, 60 pages).
Any person who is in aspirant or candidate status prior to March 1, 2017 will have the option of preparing for ministerial fellowship using the existing seventeen competencies and reading list, or they may prepare for fellowship using the seven new competencies and the new embedded reading list.
Any person who enters into aspirant status after March 1, 2017 will be held accountable to the new competencies and new embedded reading list.
The Ministerial Credentialing Office is currently in collaboration with Informational Technology Services to make the new competency forms and embedded reading list interactive and online. Aspirants and candidates will be notified as soon as this project is complete.
Should you have questions about any of these changes, please contact Alicia LeBlanc at aleblanc [at] uua [dot] org or Rev. David Pettee at dpettee [at] uua [dot] org.
2010 MFC Competencies and Reading List
The 2010 MFC ministerial competencies and reading list is included in the Requirements for Ministerial Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association Appendix (PDF, 60 pages):
- MFC Checklist (page 36)
- Reading List (pages 37-40)
- Areas of Competency (page 41)
- Directions for Completing Statements of Competency (page 43)
- MFC Statement of Competency (pages 44-60)
Preparation for Unitarian Universalist Ministerial Fellowship
The following links describe the process of preparing for ministerial fellowship with the UUA:
- Stages of Preparation: Learn more about what it takes to become a Unitarian Universalist minister
- Transferring Credentials from Another Religious Group or Seeking Plural Fellowship: Policy for ministers seeking transfer and plural standing status
- Ministerial Formation Program: This network is being directed by the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association (UUMA) for aspirants and candidates preparing for the Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Additional Information for those Seeking Ministerial Fellowship
- Theological Schools Offering a Masters of Divinity Degree
- Requesting Financial Aid (PDF, 10 pages)
- Information about the Internship Clearinghouse
If you are interested in becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister, you are encouraged to contact the UUA’s Ministerial Credentialing Office, whose staff can consult with you about the process for ministerial fellowship.