Committees

To carry out its work, the Board has numerous standing committees.  For more information about a committee, or to get a particular form, click on the appropriate work area below or scroll down to that section.

Ethnic Recruitment

Extension Ministries

Marital Separation & Divorce

Pastoral Care 

Retired Clergy                                       

Seminary Visitation

Vocational Intern Program and Young Clergy Initiative      

Ethnic Recruitment

For information about recruitment of ethnic minorities for ordained and licensed ministry in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, please contact Allen Jenkins, 215-468-1999, stbarnbeth@aol.com.

Extension Ministries

Paragraph 343 of the 2004 Book of Discipline states that “Elders in effective relationship may be appointed to serve in ministry settings beyond the local United Methodist church in the witness and service of Christ’s love and justice. Persons in these appointments remain with the itineracy and shall be accountable to the annual conference. One way that accountability is maintained is through the submission of an annual report, including Report Form 0-687-099692, Eastern PA Conference Supplement to Form No. 251737 and a one or two page narrative about your work. For questions or information about submitting this report and time of submission, contact your District Superintendent. An alternate contact for information is the Extension Ministry Liaison on the Board of Ordained Ministry, Candace Carter, 215-638-4090, Candace0108@aol.com.

Marital Separation & Divorce

The Social Principles state in ¶161d the United Methodist position on divorce.  It states that “God’s plan is for lifelong, faithful marriage.  The Church must be on the forefront of premarital and postmarital counseling in order to create and preserve strong marriages.  However, when a married couple is estranged beyond reconciliation, even after thoughtful consideration and counsel, divorce is a regrettable alternative in the midst of brokenness.  We grieve over the devastating emotional, spiritual, and economic consequences of divorce for all involved and are concerned about high divorce rates.

This position/belief is especially true when it comes to ordained clergy and their families.  Should you find yourself in a situation of marital difficulty, separation, or a pending or completed divorce, the Marital Separation & Divorce Committee requests that you be in communication with them as soon as possible. continue reading
 
To initiate this process, contact Rev. Charles Cole   The Rev. Charles C. Cole, Chairperson
751 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA  19335 (610) 269-1496 revcharliecole@yahoo.com 

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry

The Pastoral Care Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry serves two primary purposes for those serving in ministerial roles (serving in local churches or extension ministries), as well as their families, serving (or having membership within) the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

1. The first purpose is to provide referral networking and allocation of financial subsidy assistance for professional licensed counseling, spiritual direction, or short-term interventional clergy coaching (based on a crisis intervention situation).  Subsidy resources are based on the Pastoral Care Subsidy Policy (see the Journal article).  Any person serving in ministerial roles can access these resources by contacting the chairperson of the Pastoral Care Committee, The Rev. David Woolverton, (717) 653-5493 or shepherd2842@comcast.net . Contacts made to the chair of Pastoral Care are held as confidential.

2.  The second purpose is to provide Sexual Ethics education for all those serving in ministerial roles within the boundaries of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (regardless of location of one’s Conference membership or denominational affiliation).  Continue reading

Retired Clergy

Nearly thirty years ago one of our retired elders, Dr. Carl Erhart, preached a sermon at the retirement recognition service entitled, “Is There Life after Retirement?”  Thank God, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes!”  Thank God also, that we have a United Methodist Pension Fund that helps to make retirement and life after retirement possible.
Retirement does not mean the end of ministry; in fact, retirement opens up all kinds of options for ministry, from continuing to serve a local church to pursuing new interests and hobbies, enabling one to continue to use one’s gifts and graces. continue reading

Seminary Visitation

For information about seminary visitation, contact

Rev. Lillian Smith  (610) 666-9090  lillian.smith@epaumc.org

Vocational Intern Program and Young Clergy Initiative

The Vocational Intern Program is a project of the Board of Ordained Ministry for men and women college age and beyond who are considering a vocation in ministry in the United Methodist Church.  The Vocational Intern Program provides an opportunity for participants to have “real life” experiences of Christian ministry in parish situations or specialized settings. 

Participants receive a stipend of $3000 for ten weeks of service, normally in the period of June through August.  Applicants must have completed at least one year of college and be a member of the United Methodist Church.  Applications are due by  May 1 each year.  To find out more, print out the brochure.  To take the next step, print and fill out the following materials: 

Expectations Explanation              Intern Application         Church/Agency Application

Questions may be addressed to Rev. Rev. Matt Heckman, (215) 536-4992  coastermatt@kochenderfer.org