- Candidates accepted by Conference will attend the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary full time for at least 3 years.- Complete no less than 2 years of Probation in circuit after Seminary before Ordination.Having been originally recommended by a charge conference or equivalent body (¶ 310.1 for the examination and approval of candidates for ordination, persons are elected to membership in the annual conference and ordained by the bishop. In all votes regarding license, ordination, or conference membership, the requirements set forth herein are minimum requirements.
WORD AND SACRAMENT - No candidate aged 50 or beyond in the year of acceptance will be accepted.
- Conference 2015 resolved that the Non-Itinerant category of the ordained ministry be discontinued in its current form and no new candidate will be received.
God’s call has many manifestations, and the Church cannot structure a single test of authenticity.
Nevertheless, the experience of the Church and the needs of its ministry require certain qualities of faith, life, and practice from those who seek ordination as deacons and elders.
To this end, they agree to exercise responsible self-control by personal habits conducive to bodily health, mental and emotional maturity, integrity in all personal relationships, fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness, social responsibility, and growth in grace and in the knowledge and love of God. While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world.
The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. The United Methodist Church entrusts those persons who are in the ordained ministry with primary responsibility for maintaining standards of education and preparation for ordination.Prior to that, a Candidates' Information Evening will offer a detailed overview of the candidating process for those seriously considering candidating, for their spouses or closest supporters, along with their minister or superintendent. "I couldn't have done this without the support group.Thank you." Candidates' Support Group Oxford Place Centre, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX Saturday 29 April 2017 10.00am - 3.30pm Saturday 10 June 2017 10.00am - 3.30pm Saturday 2 September 2017 10.00am - 3.30pm Saturday 2 December 2017 10.00am - 3.30pm (Venue to be confirmed) Saturday 3 February 2018 10.00am - 3.30pm For a conversation or to book a place, please contact: Revd Graham Jones (Ministry Development Officer) at: [email protected] or 07799 902574 or Revd Sean Adair (Superintendent, Bolsover & Staveley) at: [email protected] 01246 823180 A course to resource those preparing to candidate for ministry in the Methodist Church Download a flyer with full information (Word doc) Lead Tutor: Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal.This will begin in your circuit, before going to the district and then to a selection committee that represents the Connexional Church. Those whom the Church ordains shall be conscious of God’s call to ordained ministry, and their call shall be acknowledged and authenticated by the Church.- The applicant`s denomination must be part of the traditional mission churches.