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Exploring Ministry

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Director Rev. Jennifer Browne

Executive Assistant Debbie Stevenson

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Upcoming Events

  • Exploration 2019 - November 1-3, 2019 at Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL.  Exploration creates sacred space for young adults, ages 18-26, to be in MEANINGFUL FELLOWSHIP, PASSIONATE WORSHIP, THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION, and PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS as they discern whether God’s call on their life is to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church and what faithful steps they can take in response. 
  •  Michigan Area Candidacy Summit - January 23-24, 2020 at St. Francis Retreat Center.
  • Michigan Area Candidacy Summit - July 24-25, 2020 at St. Francis Retreat Center.


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.



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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