Becoming a Candidate

Shown above Provisional Elders (2017)

Persons who feel that God is calling them to ministry in The United Methodist Church will be participating in a process of discernment and examination that may lead to being either licensed or ordained as a United Methodist clergy.  It is an involved process that requires a person to be listening for God’s call each step along the way.  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.  Your mentor and District Superintendent will assist you further as you begin the process

  Candidacy for ordained ministry is the first formal step toward annual conference membership and ordination as a deacon or an elder in full connection or licensing in The United Methodist Church

Steps to Ordained Ministry - A summary chart of the Ordination Process.

Navigating the Online Candidacy Process - A general overview (PDF) of the online candidacy application process, through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).

Online Candidacy Application


Discernment Grid (WORD)

Discernment Grid Steps (EXCEL)
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