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Upcoming Events

Online Candidacy Summit
Friday-Saturday, January 27-28, 2023

Residency Training at St. Francis Retreat Center
Tuesday-Wednesday, February 7-8, 2023
For Provisional Members
Contact Cora Glass: 
[email protected]

Online Candidacy Summit
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22, 2023

For more information, visit our Exploring Ministry Toolbox

Office of Clergy Services Staff

Rev. Jennifer Browne

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne
Director of Clergy Services
[email protected]

517-347-4030 x4050


Debbie Stevenson

Debbie Stevenson
Coordinator, Clergy Services and Board of Ordained Ministry
[email protected]
517-347-4030 x4051


Ordination 2013

The staff and resources of the Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Office of Clergy Services, and the Office of Congregational Vibrancy & Leadership Development are here to support clergy leaders at all phases of their vocational journeys.

This page includes information about opportunities for development in the areas of finance, conflict, and coaching. There are links below that connect you to funding sources for BOM seminary and Continuing Education grants (Scott Lindenberg).

You will find a wealth of information for clergypersons, members of congregational and district committees, and members of the Board of Ordained Ministry at Resources/Board of Ordained Ministry.

Professional and leadership development opportunities can be found at Resources/Local Church/New Faith Communities.

Those considering ministry as a Licensed Local Pastor, Ordained Deacon, or Ordained Elder can start at Resources/Exploring Ministry.

Don't know where to start? Let us help!

Please contact Coordinator Debbie Stevenson or Director Rev. Jennifer Browne.

Saving Grace: Financial Wellbeing for Clergy

Clergy are notoriously shy about engaging in conversations about money. But a direct link exists between personal finance management and effective pastoral leadership. The Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker-Lewis, Senior Director of Church Relations for the UM Foundation of Michigan, regularly offers a six-week online class that explores personal finance from a scriptural and Wesleyan viewpoint and guides participants in the faithful management of their resources. This class is suitable for clergy leaders at all points of their vocational life. For information about upcoming classes, please contact [email protected].

Addressing Conflict

Conflict happens.  Sometimes it’s arrival is seen, heard and felt.  Sometimes it disappears as quickly as it appears.  Sometimes one can’t imagine or remember a time without it. Sometimes the heaviness of a pretend peace seems like the only option…a shared normal that doesn’t feel good.  And…there are better ways to work through conflict to transform it for good.  

Trained Michigan Conference facilitators, coaches, consultants and mediators are ready to assist ministry teams, committees, paid and unpaid leaders, congregants, small group ministries and more.  Service fees and expenses vary.  To learn more, please contact Naomi Garcia, Associate Director for Congregational Vibrancy, [email protected]  -  517-347-4030 ext. 4092. 

Pastoral Transitions

Leaving one ministry setting and moving on to something new can be a challenge, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Get the tools and resources to assist you in making a smooth transition. 

Pastoral Transitions Online Workshop

"Come to the Well" Clergy Renewal

Watch the following videos on how four clergy cope with stress.

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