Candidacy for Ministry Process


Contact the district via email with candidacy request.

Send request for candidacy via email or letter to the District Superintendent (DS) and/or Associate District Superintendent (ADS) and the Chair of the District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) explaining your call. Contact information can be found here


Meet with Staff Parish Committee at your church.

___  Submit Form 104a and Form 104b (Staff Parish Recommendation) to your dCOM Chair.


UMCARES Preparation

___  Meet with DS, ADS, and/or dCOM Chair.
___  DS invites to UMCARES.
___  Respond to online invitation to UMCARES.
___  Complete UMCARES steps up to and including payment of $75 and ordering Answering the Call.
___  In UMCARES: complete Personal Data Inventory (PDI), Personal & Professional Reference List (PPRL) and complete Release of Information. 
___  Notify dCOM Chair that all of the above have been completed.


Candidacy Orientation Retreat Preparation

Complete and submit the following to Ed Metzler or

___  Submit Application for Candidacy Orientation Retreat (Form ACOR):

  • Summer Retreat is July 7-8, 2017 - Deadline is June! 
  • Location: Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107

___  Submit check payable to the INUMC for $300 ($50 for Retreat +
        $50 to submit with Background Screening Form + $200 for psychological
        assessment) to: Ed Metzler, Ministerial Services, 301 Pennsylvania Pkwy,
        Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46280
___  Submit Form 114 (Disclosure)

___ Complete Background Screening through HireRight

___ Read Chapters 1 & 5 of Answering the Call 


___ Attend the Candidacy Orientation retreat


Prepare for Certification

___ Meet regularly with Candidacy Mentoring Group

___ Continue preparation for certification interview

___ Attend psychological interview at MAS chosen in UMCARES.

Submit the following forms on Pathways:

___ Form A - Annual Mentor Report
___ Form B - Financial Report
___ Form 104 c - Charge Conference Recommendation
___ Written answers to Paragraph 310.2.a found in The Book of Discipline
___ All transcripts to date
___ Other materials as requested.

___ Meet with dCOM for certification interview.

Administrator of

Leadership Development – Ministerial Services

Ed Metzler

Ph 317.924.1321

Indiana Conference of 
The United Methodist Church
301 Pennsylvania Parkway
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280