You are entering a journey that will change your life. It is our goal to support you as you discern your call toward ordained ministry.
One of the strengths of the Free Methodist Church is that the path toward ordination is a communal discernment process.
This means that a person who believes they are called into full time ministry is surrounded by a community that affirms those gifts & graces or helps to discern a different path.
So… where do I start?
At the beginning of this process, the local church, pastor and board functions as part of the discernment process as well as the Conference MEG (Ministerial Education and Guidance) board. This process is called Local Ministerial Candidacy.
First, complete the Genesis Conference Credentialing application. This will register you with the Genesis Conference.
Second, download the LMC Workbook and begin working through it with your lead pastor.
Continue to be in prayer and in community as you use this time to discern your calling.
Please be advised as an LMC, you will be required to take a Free Methodist History & Polity class. This is offered as an online or correspondence course through the denomination and through Northeastern Seminary.
Once a person is approved to become a Conference Ministerial Candidate (CMC), the Conference is in touch with the candidate through individual conversations with the Director of Ministerial Candidates and yearly interviews with the MEG board.
As a CMC, your next steps are outlined in the CMC Workbook. If you have any questions, please contact Merry Kendall, the Conference Mentor of Ministerial Candidates. We expect the steps outlined in the brochure to take at least 3 years.
As you follow the process and get closer to an interview to determine your readiness for ordination, you will need to respond, in writing, to the CMC Theological Proficiency Questions, aka Ordination Essays. These questions are designed to help you and the Conference in the discernment process.
Do you believe you are ready to be ordained?
Contact Merry Kendall, Conference Mentor of Conference Ministerial Candidacy to discuss your next steps.
If you are transferring from a different denomination, we will also need a copy of your ordination credentials.