The interviews with the DCOM and the BOM are often very stressful, tense, and create anxiety and tears, which people always say they want to change, but no one ever really does. If a candidate for ministry, a licensed local pastor, a candidate for ordination, or any other of our variety of categories of pastor will just follow these three simple steps, I promise you the interview should be a success.1) Be relentlessly positive about your current ministry.
Whether your goal is to be a licensed local pastor, or an ordained deacon, or ordained elder, the first step toward ministry in the United Methodist Church is a process called “candidacy.” One reason this step exists is to help the exploring candidate discern what shape God’s call is taking in their lives.Details about the educational requirements are available in The Ministry of Licensed Local Pastors (pdf). 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.Members of the NC Conference often attend: Licensed local pastors must have graduated from an accredited high school or have received a certificate of equivalency before becoming a certified candidate. The licensed local pastor must pursue theological education through an approved seminary or in the Course of Study. A requirement for becoming a certified candidate for ministry is of membership in the United Methodist Church or one year as a baptized member of a United Methodist campus ministry or other recognized United Methodist ministry.