Candidacy for Ministry Process
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.
Meet with Pastor (Staff) Parish Relations Committee (or equivalent) at your church.
___ 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, choose your MAS (Ministry Assessment Specialist, see * below), complete Personal Data Inventory (PDI), Personal & Professional Reference List (PPRL).
*Choose the Indiana Conference MAS closest to you: Meg Hornsby (Clarksville, Indiana) Jaqueline Chandler (Indianapolis) Mark Roth (Indianapolis) Kevin Wieland (Fort Wayne)
___ Notify dCOM Chair that all of the above have been completed.
Candidacy Orientation Retreat Preparation
Submit the following:
___ Upload to UMCARES proof of completion of high school or GED (transcript or copy of diploma)
___ Upload to UMCARES a letter from your pastor, SPRC chair or membership secretary certifying you have been a professing member of your church or United Methodist-related campus ministry for at least a year.
___ 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 PLEASE NOTE: This is separate from the $75 paid online in UMCARES to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
___ Submit Form 114 (Disclosure Form) in UMCARES
___ 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 Reference will be completed in Indiana Candidacy Track UMCARES.
___ Form B Financial Report
___ Form 104c 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.
Leadership Development – Ministerial Services
Indiana Conference of
The United Methodist Church
301 Pennsylvania Parkway
Indianapolis, IN 46280
Next retreat is January 19-20, 2018. Deadline for registration is Dec. 1