Candidacy for Ministry Process

A Guide to Preparing for the Candidacy Retreat





Talk with your home church pastor, or other ordained deacon or elder, about your call. A helpful resource at this point may be the book, The Christian as Minister


Contact the district via email with candidacy request.

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


Meet with Pastor (Staff) Parish Relations Committee (or equivalent) at your church.

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


UMCARES Preparation (see video on how to use UMCARES)

___  Meet with Conference Superintendent, Associate Conference Superintendent,  or dCOM Chair
___  Conference Superintendent invites to UMCARES.
___  Respond to online invitation to UMCARES.
___  Complete steps in Candidacy Track in UMCARES up to and including payment of $75 and ordering Answering the Call.
___  In Psychological Assessment Track in UMCARES, complete Personal Data Inventory (PDI), Personal & Professional Reference List (PPRL). 
___  Notify dCOM Chair that all of the above have been completed.



Candidacy Orientation Retreat Preparation

Complete and submit the following to Ed Metzler or

___  Fill-out Application for Candidacy Orientation Retreat in Indiana Candidacy Track in UMCARES

  • Next retreat is January 19-20, 2018, deadline for registration is Dec. 1
  • 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 Trak 1.

___ 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 in UMCARES Indiana Candidacy Track:

___ Form A - Candidacy Mentor will be completed in Indiana Candidacy Track UMCARES. 
___ 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