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Step-by-Step Guide for Persons Interested in Certified Candidacy Status

The licensed or ordained ministry is recognized by The United Methodist Church as a called-out and set-apart ministry. Therefore, it is appropriate that those persons who present themselves as candidates for licensed or ordained ministry be examined regarding the authenticity of their call by God to set-apart ministry.

Below you will find the steps involved in responding to God’s call to set-apart licensed or ordained ministry in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Perceive a call to ministry in The United Methodist Church.
Contact home church pastor or campus minister.
Be a professing member in good standing of The UMC or recognized UMC ministry for at least 1 year.
Have a high school diploma or GED.
Contact a clergy in local church or recognized UMC setting. Read/Discuss “Christian as Minister.”
Write a letter to your DS (send copy to both dCOM Chair and Office of Ministerial Concerns) requesting admission to the candidacy process and request the documents that must be read and completed prior to an introductory interview with the dCOM.
Read the Explanation of the Orientation to Ministry process and the OTM Fee Schedule.
Complete the following documents and send copies to the district office, the dCOM chair, and OMC:

Application to the OTM Process

Candidacy Assessment Packet

Personal and Professional References Form

Personal Data Inventory

Work Authorization Form

Disclosure Form

Kroll/HireRight Background Authorization Form

A Written Statement of Call

Written Evidence of How Your Call Has Been Confirmed in Community

Interview with dCOM requesting entrance into the Orientation to Ministry Process.
Attend the beginning and ending OTM Retreats and the three meetings in between retreats.
While in OTM process, complete the Psychological Examination with our Ministry Assessment Specialist.
While in OTM process, complete the Medical Examination with our conference-appointed physician.
While in OTM process, schedule interview with Pastor Parish/Staff Parish Relations Committee requesting recommendation for certified candidacy. Prior to the meeting, submit the following information to the PPRC/SPRC:

Your Written Statement of Call

Your Written Evidence of How That Call Has Been Confirmed in Community
You should also be aware of Wesley’s historic questions in The Book of Discipline ¶310 because you will be interviewed in light of these questions.

Receive PPRC/SPRC recommendation for certified candidacy process.
While in OTM process and after receiving PPRC/SPRC recommendation for certified candidacy, receive Charge Conference recommendation for certified candidacy. Prior to meeting with the dCOM, please submit your written responses to:

The Book of Discipline ¶310.2a (i)-(vi), and

How You Will Dedicate Yourself to the Highest Ideals of the Christian Life

(using ¶310.2d of The Book of Discipline as your template for responding)
Please note that you will be interviewed in light of Wesley’s historic questions in ¶310 of The Book of Discipline and may be asked to provide other information for determining gifts, evidence of God’s grace, fruit, and demonstration of your call to licensed and/or ordained ministry.

Receive dCOM recommendation for certified candidacy status.
Next Steps

If, after being certified as a candidate for ministry, you believe God is calling you to licensed ministry, please click here for next steps.

If, after being certified as a candidate for ministry, you believe God is calling you to ordained ministry, please click here for next steps.

If you have any questions about the Certified Candidacy process or the steps to take after you have been certified, please email omc@tnumc.com or call our office at 615-846-4430.