Candidating for the methodist church
The candidate has already invested years with various communities of faith, committees and the Board of Ordained Ministry.
In order to be at this point in the journey the Candidate has: The Ordination Event is designed to provide BOOM members with the opportunity to interact with each candidate during a 24 hour period.
One thing you will note is that it is very methodical and thorough and blends together the inward and outward discernment process surrounding a person’s call.
To this end, they agree to exercise responsible self-control by personal habits conducive to bodily health, mental and emotional maturity, integrity in all personal relationships, fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness, social responsibility, and growth in grace and in the knowledge and love of God. While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world.
Nevertheless, the experience of the Church and the needs of its ministry require certain qualities of faith, life, and practice from those who seek ordination as deacons and elders.
In order that The United Methodist Church may be assured that those persons who present themselves as candidates for ordained ministry are truly called of God, the Church expects persons seeking ordination to: Accept that Scripture contains all things necessary for salvation through faith in God through Jesus Christ; be competent in the disciplines of Scripture, theology, church history, and Church polity; possess the skills essential to the practice of ordained ministry; and lead in making disciples for Jesus Christ.
It is an involved process that requires a person to be listening for God’s call each step along the way.
It also involves lots of other people who God has placed in the process to verify a person’s call to ministry.
It involves one’s inward call—the call of God on their lives as they sense it inwardly; and it involves an outward call—the call of God on a person’s life as outside observers recognize and affirm that call.