Local pastors complete the Basic Five-Year Course of Study. First, contact the financial aid office in the schools you’re interested in, since many institutions offer scholarships.
You can also find loans and scholarships available through GBHEM by visiting the Loans and Scholarships page.
It also involves lots of other people who God has placed in the process to verify a person’s call to ministry.
In order to begin the Candidacy Process you should apply to your District Superintendent in writing including a statement of your call, asking for permission to enter the candidacy process, and asking to be assigned a candidacy mentor.
Others go on to the next interview, with the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM).
Of course there is more to it than that, but that’s the rough outline.
In the UMC, to get from “not-a-pastor” to “pastor,” there is a series of interviews or conversations we have. Second, with our Pastor/Parish Relations Committee. Third, with our District Committee on Ministry (DCOM).
Some pastors stay there, and return annually for a continuation interview.
Another requirement is to have graduated from high school or received a certificate of equivalency.
Print out the Candidacy Checklist here and use it to check off the steps of your process. Talk to your United Methodist pastor or ministry leader about your call.
There is a time and a place to express uncertainty, doubt, and frustration about ministry.
Every one of us needs to find that time and place and share those things with trusted friends. You must speak about fruit, and outward focus, and specific projects you are doing in your community, and “new people” in the church.
Wesleyan Deaconesses were founded by the Rev Thomas Bowman Stephenson in 1890.