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Exploring Ministry

Hearing the Call to Ministry?

Ordination 2013God calls all persons to lives of faithful service in a variety of ways, times and places. If you are considering licensed or ordained ministry as your response to God’s call, you are encouraged first to visit with a clergy leader of your local ministry setting (a church pastor, a campus ministry director, etc.) and then to meet with your District Superintendent to share your story.

Upon receiving an invitation from your District Superintendent, you are invited next to a Candidacy Summit where you will have time to pray, worship, and learn together with others as you take the first steps toward professional ministry.

Candidacy Summits are two-days long and take place in January and July each year. They include presentations about a variety of different forms of ministry, the establishment of mentoring groups for inquiring candidates, and the opportunity to take the required psychological assessment. Overall, the Summit is an opportunity for those who are exploring professional ministry to discern their calls in community, supported by mentors and companions along the way.

Michigan Area School for License as a Local Pastor

The School for License as a Local Pastor fosters the spiritual growth and skill development for persons called into ministry. Students share in collegial fellowship, worship, study and practical experience, which enables them to qualify for a License as a Local Pastor and service in the congregation.

Only those who have been approved by their respective District Superintendents and are currently “Certified Candidates for Ministry” will be allowed entrance in the Michigan Area School for License as a Local Pastor.

July 14-18, 2019 at Lake Huron Retreat Center. 
Registration Fee:
Michigan Students: $250.00
Out of State Students: $1000.00

Click here for more information and to print the registration form. Please note that incomplete registration applications will not be accepted. 




Candidates who have not received an invitation please contact your District Superintendent.

Candidacy Mentors, District Superintendents and District Coordinators who have not received an invitation please contact your Conference Candidacy Registrar or Board of Ordained Ministry Staff.

BOM Staff, BOM Coordinator, Conference Candidacy Registrar and MAS who have not yet received an invitation please contact GBHEM.

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