Welcome to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Board of Ordained Ministry’s web page!
Throughout history God has called people to ministry. That calling comes to a variety of people at a variety of stages in their lives and in a variety of ways. As we look to the Bible we find Abraham, who is well beyond our retirement age, at 75, answering God’s call to leave his comfortable and familiar surroundings to go to a land which God would show him and, even though he was childless, God promised him that he would be the father of a great nation through whom all the nations would be blessed. God called Moses through a burning bush to return to his native Egypt, from which he had fled after committing a murder, to lead his people out of bondage. God called Isaiah to be a prophet while he was at worship in the temple. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet while he was still in the womb. Jesus called some of his disciples while they were fishing and another while he was collecting taxes. He called Saul, with a loud voice and a blinding light, on his way to persecute the early Christians, to become his evangelist to the gentiles.
You may feel that God is calling you. That calling may be somewhat similar to those mentioned above or it may be totally different. While all Christians have a ministry and a vocation or calling, some within the Church are called to servant leadership, both lay and ordained. You are encouraged to explore that calling by giving it prayerful consideration. Then, contact your United Methodist pastor and discuss your calling with him or her. Ask your pastor to obtain a copy of the book, “The Christian as Minister.” Read it and discuss it with your pastor. Then, if you still feel that God is calling you to service in the United Methodist Church, explore with your pastor the next steps to be taken (they are also on this site).
There are a variety of paths that can be taken and a variety of steps involved in each path. While it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, you are not alone. Your pastor, your district superintendent, your District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and your conference Board of Ordained Ministry are here to assist you.
Remember, every journey, no matter how long or complicated, begins with taking that first step. May God bless you on that journey, as you explore and answer the call.
Here are some key individuals who can help you explore your next steps:
Interested in becoming an Elder contact Evelyn Kent Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in becoming a Deacon contact Tiffany Manning email@example.com
Interested in becoming a Local Pastor contact your respective District Superintendent