The next Step in the process toward licensed or ordained ministry is to become a Certified Candidate for ministry. The District Superintendent for your District will help you begin this process following the Steps below. If you are not sure which district you belong to, the pastor of your local church will be able to clarify this for you.
- Bring 5 things to the meeting with your District Superintendent:
- A written Statement of Call to ministry
- A letter of recommendation from the SPRC (Staff Parish Relations Committee) of your local church
- A letter requesting admission to the candidacy program
- And, also request permission to attend the next Candidacy Summit
- A check for $50 made payable to your District
The $50 covers the cost of an extensive background check in the following areas: consumer credit, department of motor vehicles, sex offenders, and county and national crime.
- Receive the name of your mentor group or individual mentor from the District Superintendent or Candidacy Registrar. Initiate contact with your mentor group leader or individual mentor.
- Request permission to be entered into the Pathways To Ministry software. Training will be done through the Board of Ministry Office.Contact Duane VanGiesen or Janet Thompson. Or call: 972-526-5046.The registration form for the Candidacy Summit is in Pathways.
- After you have received approval from the Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee of your local church, received Charge Conference approval, and met with your district superintendent, then you may contact your District Committee on Ministry for an introductory interview.
Download the summarized guide to the Ministerial Candidacy Process in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church:
Further information on the Certification Process as a Candidate for Ministry can be found in the Candidate for Ministry section of our site.