For Local Pastor licensing & Deacon and Elder ordination
Paragraph 126 of the 2016 Book of Discipline lays out our understanding of “The Ministry of All Christians.” That paragraph states that “The heart of Christian ministry is Christ’s ministry of outreaching love. Christian ministry is the expression of the mind and mission of Christ by a community of Christians that demonstrates a common life of gratitude and devotion, witness and service, celebration and discipleship. All Christians are called through their baptism to this ministry of servanthood.”
In Paragraph 138, it states that “within the United Methodist Church there are those called to servant leadership, lay and ordained. Such callings are evidenced by special gifts, evidence of God’s grace, and promise of usefulness.”
If you think that God may be calling you into a form of ministry beyond the general ministry of the laity (as a licensed local pastor, ordained Deacon, or ordained Elder), the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Board of Ordained Ministry welcomes the opportunity to help you.
The place to start this journey is to talk with the pastor of your local church!
Your pastor will help you get the book The Christian as Minister. Reading this book, and discussing it with an ordained Elder or Deacon is the first step toward “answering the call.” After you work through this book, your pastor can explain the steps you will need to take to contact the District Superintendent, and get before the District Committee on Ordained Ministry and Board of Ordained Ministry for further help in “answering your call” into specialized ministry.
Along the way, you are also free to contact your District Superintendent, any member of your District Committee on Ministry, or a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry. After all, we’re here to help you “answer the call.”
There is also a great deal of information on this site, as well as the forms you will need in each step of the candidacy process. For an overview of the candidacy process, or to download the forms you will need as a candidate for licensed and ordained ministry click here.
There is a helpful little article called “Top Ten Ways to Wreck Your Candidacy Process” from the General Board that you may find helpful. You may find it by clicking here: TopTen