Candidacy for Ministry Process

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

Submit initial paperwork.

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

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

  • Winter Retreat is January 28-29, 2017 – Deadline December 1st
  • Location: Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107

___  Submit check payable to the Indiana Conference 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

Complete and submit the following to the dCOM Chair:

___  Submit copy of ACOR
___  Submit Form 114 (Disclosure)

STEP 3

Meet with Staff Parish Committee at your church.

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

STEP 4

Retreat 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).
___  Read chapters 1 and 5 of "Answering the Call".
___  Notify dCOM Chair that all of the above have been completed.
___  Notify Ed Metzler when all steps are complete to confirm attendance at Candidacy Orientation Retreat by Dec. 1 for January Orientation.
___  Attend the Candidacy Orientation retreat (All steps above must be complete before attending the retreat.)

STEP 5

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 to the dCOM Chair:

___ Form A - Annual Mentor Report
___ Form B - Financial
___ Form 103 - Medical Report of Ministerial Candidate
___ Form 104 b
___ Form 104 c (if not previously submitted)
___ 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.

___ If on the Local Pastor Track, click here.

___ If on the Ordination Track, click here.

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