Candidacy for Ministry Process

A Guide to Preparing for the Candidacy Retreat

 

 

STEP 1

 

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

STEP 2

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

STEP 3

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.

STEP 4

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.

WATCH VIDEO

STEP 5

Candidacy Orientation Retreat Preparation

Complete and submit the following to Ed Metzler or ministerialservices@inumc.org:

___  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 

STEP 6

___ Attend the Candidacy Orientation retreat

STEP 7

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.

CONTACT
Administrator of

Leadership Development – Ministerial Services

Ed Metzler

ministerialservices@inumc.org

Ph 317.924.1321

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