Key Deadlines and Information for Commissioning
For Those Seeking Commissioning or Recognition of Orders
|July 1 to August 1, 2016||Candidate should contact District Committee on Ministry to set an interview. Candidate must have completed their Psychological Evaluation prior to DCOM interview.|
|August/September 2016||Candidate Interviews with DCOM|
|By October 1, 2016||Contact Duane VanGiesen at firstname.lastname@example.org about applying for membership in the North Texas Annual Conference.|
|By October 15, 2016||Completed background check form faxed directly to BOM Registrar, Duane VanGiesen. Fax 072-526-5047.|
|October 20, 2016||10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – At the Ministry Center, Plano: Meet for Preparation & Qualifications recommendations followed by Kolaches and Coffee with BOM members.|
|By November 1, 2016||Notify Duane VanGiesen at email@example.com upon completion of the ‘Reference Form’ on Pathways.|
|By November 15, 2016||New psychological evaluation (if applicable) in possession of the BOM Registrar, Duane VanGiesen.|
|Final Deadline – December 5, 2016||All requirements must be completed on Pathways.|
* No candidate will be scheduled for an interview unless the candidate has completely fulfilled all requirements by December 5, 2016.
Commissioning and Provisional Membership for Deacons and Elders
(Requirements for all who are seeking provisional membership including those seeking commissioning, associate membership, and recognition of orders from another denomination as found in The 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. ¶324, page 328.)
Note I: Candidates will follow the process of the Discipline under which they were certified as a candidate; however, when answering Disciplinary questions for provisional membership, candidates should answer the questions from The 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.
Note II: Deacon Candidates: Due to the unique call to ordination as a Deacon, it is recommended that Deacon candidates attend at least one (1) national retreat presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. A formation event is offered prior to Commissioning and a provisional event is offered prior to Ordination. Information about these events is sent to the Chair of the Order. Registration fee and cost of the retreat is covered by the Division of Ordained Ministry/Deacons and Diaconal Ministries. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs. Candidates may apply for Ministerial Education Funds to supplement travel costs.
Successful completion of the interview and a favorable vote of the Board of Ordained Ministry does not guarantee you’ll be Commissioned. Being Commissioned is contingent upon receiving an appointment. However, once you have been approved for Commissioning and Provisional Membership you do not have to repeat the interview process.
If a candidate has previously applied for Commissioning, but was not recommended, he/she is responsible for resubmitting all written materials. He/she must verify with the BOM Registrar that their Psychological Evaluation complies with the five year rule. Likewise, the candidate needs to verify with the BOM Officer that the previously submitted transcripts, pictures, and Bible Study are still in their file. Any Theological School Recommendations on file are still valid.
The Interview Process
Interview with the Committee on Preparation and Qualifications
The candidate should be prepared to discuss the following in the interview process, which will focus on:
- Theology and Doctrine
- Worship and Proclamation
- Call, Service and Disciplined Life
- Call to ministry
- Sermons and Bible Study
- Answers to The 2012 Book of Discipline questions
- The meaning of the Sacraments and the Wesleyan way of Salvation
- Understanding of commissioning and ordination as a United Methodist
- Any part of The 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, especially Part II
- Any information in the references, ministry experiences, psychological evaluation, or background/credit history
- Understanding of United Methodist Polity, including itinerancy
- Strengths and weaknesses and how the choice of ministry as a profession affects lifestyle
Upon completion of the required items on Pathways, the candidate will be notified by the Chairperson of P&Q of the interview time. Interviews will be held January 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2017 at the Prothro Center, Lake Texoma.
Section IV: Continuation of Provisional Membership
It is the responsibility of the Board of Ordained Ministry to nurture those persons who are provisional members of the North Texas Annual Conference.
To be continued as a provisional member, candidates shall make regular progress in their effective ministry.
In order to help the progress of the provisional members and to address needs and concerns, the Committee on Preparation and Qualifications has chosen to interview provisional members annually in a brief personal consultation. The Committee will utilize the candidate’s paperwork submitted to P & Q from the Residency Committee. Candidates should be prepared to discuss the material submitted. Each provisional member will meet with a sub-committee of P & Q for Continuing Consultations.
The date for the provisional member consultation will be Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Grace Avenue UMC, Frisco. Provisional and Associate Members will be notified by the Chairperson of P & Q concerning the place and scheduled times for the consultation. Provisional Members who do not attend the consultation or contact the Registrar or the Chairperson of P & Q will not be recommended for continuance as a provisional member in the North Texas Conference.