Candidacy for Ministry

STEP 1

Contact the district via email with candidacy request.

Send request for candidacy via email or letter to the Chair of the District Committee on Ministry (dCOM), District Superintendent (DS) and/or Associate District Superintendent (ADS) explaining your call. Contact information can be found here

STEP 2

Submit initial paperwork. Important:  Please keep copies of all documents you submit throughout your candidacy process.

Candidate's Checklist for Certification

Complete and email to clergyservices@inumc.org or mail to Clergy Services, 301 Pennsylvania Parkway, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46280. Also send copy to the Chair of your District Committee on Ministry

___  Form ACOR (Retreat application)  

    • Summer Orientation Retreat is July 25-26, 2014; deadline for registration is July 1, 2014.
    • Summer location:  Benedictine Inn, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, 46107
    • Winter Orientation Retreat is January 9-10, 2015; deadline for registration is December 1, 2014.
    • Winter location:  Benedictine Inn, 1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, 46107

___  Form 114 (Disclosure)

___  Background Screening Form

___  $100 check payable to the Indiana Conference ($50 background check; $50 Retreat)

STEP 3

Meet with Staff Parish Committee at your church.

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

STEP 4

Retreat Preparation

___  Meet with dCOM Chair and DS, ADS.
___  DS invites to OCAS (Online Candidacy Application System).
___  Respond to online invitation to OCAS.
___  Complete OCAS steps up to and including payment of $75 and ordering Fulfilling God’s Call.
___  Release of Information (ROI)
___  Complete Personal Data Inventory (PDI) and Personal & Professional Reference List (PPRL)
___  Read first two sections of Fulfilling God’s Call.
___  Notify dCOM Chair that all of the above have been completed.
___  Notify Clergy Services when all steps are complete to confirm attendance at Candidacy Orientation Retreat by July 1 for July Orientation and by Dec 1 for January Orientation.
___  Attend the Candidacy Orientation retreat (All steps above, must be complete before attending the retreat.)

STEP 5

Prepare for Certification

Meet monthly with Candidacy Mentoring Group

Continue preparation for certification interview

___ Attend psychological interview at Buchanan Counseling Center ($130 payable at time of interview)

Submit the following forms to the dCOM Chair:

___ Form A - Annual Mentor Report
___ Form B Financial
___ Form 100
___ Form 103 Medical
___ Form 104c
___ Written answers to Paragraph 310.2.a found in The Book of Discipline
___ Other materials as requested.

___ Meet with dCOM for certification interview.

___ If on the Local Pastor Track, click here.

___ If on the Ordination Track, click here.

For general information, click here.

Associate Director of
Leadership Development - Clergy

Rev. Samuel Padgett

samuel.padgett@inumc.org

317-564-3252, ext. 1005
FAX: 317-735-4228


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