Shown above Provisional Elders (2016) Persons who feel that God is calling them to ministry in The United Methodist Church will be participating in a process of discernment and examination that may lead to being either licensed or ordained as a United Methodist clergy.
It is an involved process that requires a person to be listening for God’s call each step along the way.
A report of this interview and a review of your involvement in ministries of service will be required..3.
There needs to be clarity of vision/purpose for the whole Circuit, into which a vision for the diaconal appointment fits.
In the Methodist Church, Candidating is the shorthand term for offering for the ordained ministry.
This article is concerned primarily with the candidating sermon and is written with the seminarian in mind.Although the procedure of candidating is flawed humanly speaking, we can affirm God’s providence in it. Through this maze of candidating, men and women and churches attempt to discern God’s call.Throughout the entire search phase, the candidate can use it as an opportunity to deepen one’s faith, to persevere in prayer, to fast, to trust God for His will.Expectations exist on both sides, some of which are real, while others are imagined.The sooner the seminarian comes to grips with the differences between people and books, the better.