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


Submit initial paperwork.

Complete and submit the following to Ed Metzler or

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

  • Winter Retreat is January 27-28, 2017 – Deadline December 1st
  • 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

Complete and submit the following to the dCOM Chair:

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


Meet with Staff Parish Committee at your church.

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


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.)


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.

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