Candidacy for Ministry Process

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Preparación para el Retiro de orientación

de la candidatura de grupo en Español



Talk with your home church pastor, or other ordained deacon or elder, about your call. A helpful resource at this point may be the book, The Christian as Minister



Contact the district via email with candidacy request.

___  Send request for candidacy via email or letter to your district's Conference                   Superintendent or Associate Conference Superintendent and the Chair of                   the District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) explaining your call (Statement of               Call). Contact information can be found here.
___  Meet with Conference Superintendent, Associate Conference Superintendent,           or dCOM Chair 



Meet with Pastor (Staff) Parish Relations Committee (or equivalent) at your church.

___  Submit Form 104a and Form 104b (Staff Parish Recommendation) to your                 dCOM Chair.



UMCARES (click for video on how to use UMCARES)

___  Conference Superintendent invites to UMCARES.
___  Respond to online invitation to UMCARES.
___  Complete steps in Candidacy Track in UMCARES up to and including payment           of $75 and ordering Answering the Call.
___  In Psychological Assessment Track in UMCARES, choose your MAS (Ministry           Assessment Specialist, see * below), complete Personal Data Inventory (PDI),           Personal & Professional Reference List (PPRL).                                      

       *Choose the Indiana Conference MAS closest to you:                                                        Meg Hornsby (Clarksville, Indiana)                                                                                Jaqueline Chandler (Indianapolis)                                                                                  Mark Roth (Indianapolis)                                                                                                Kevin Wieland (Fort Wayne)

___  Notify dCOM Chair that all of the above have been completed.



Candidacy Orientation Retreat Preparation

Submit the following:

___  Upload to UMCARES proof of completion of high school or GED (transcript or             copy of diploma)

___  Upload to UMCARES a letter from your pastor, SPRC chair or membership                 secretary certifying you have been a professing member of your church or                   United Methodist-related campus ministry for at least a year.

___  Fill-out Application for Candidacy Orientation Retreat in Indiana Candidacy               Track in UMCARES

  • Next retreat is January 11-12, 2019. Deadline for registration is December 1.
  • Location: Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107

___  Submit check payable to the INUMC for $300 ($50 for Retreat +
        $50 to submit with Background Screening Form + $200 for psychological
        assessment) to: Ed Metzler, Ministerial Services, 301 Pennsylvania Pkwy,
        Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46280 PLEASE NOTE: This is separate from                     the $75 paid online in UMCARES to the General Board of Higher Education and         Ministry. 

___  Submit Form 114 (Disclosure Form) in UMCARES

___ Complete Background Screening through Trak 1.

___ Read Chapters 1 & 5 of Answering the Call 



___ Attend the Candidacy Orientation retreat



Prepare for Certification

___ Meet regularly with Candidacy Mentoring Group

___ Continue preparation for certification interview

___ Attend psychological interview at MAS chosen in UMCARES.

Submit the following in UMCARES Indiana Candidacy Track:

___ Form A - Candidacy Mentor Reference will be completed in Indiana Candidacy          Track  UMCARES. 
___ Form B Financial Report
___ Form 104c Charge Conference Recommendation
___ Written answers to Paragraph 310.2.a found in The Book of Discipline
___ All transcripts to date
___ Other materials as requested.

___ Meet with dCOM for certification interview.

Administrator of

Leadership Development – Ministerial Services

Ed Metzler

Ph 317.564.3252

Indiana Conference of 
The United Methodist Church
301 Pennsylvania Parkway
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280


Next retreat is

January 11-12, 2019

Deadline for registration   is December 1.