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Candidacy Information

Exploring God’s Call to a Deeper Ministry
If you feel like God is calling you into ministry and you want to explore options of how God may be calling you, there are two initial steps for discernment into vocational ministry:
Contact a United Methodist clergyperson to discuss ways to answer a call to ministry
Read The Christian as Minister found at www.cokesbury.com
The following documents and events may also be helpful in your discernment.

Becoming a Certified Candidate (pdf)
Candidacy Summits
DCOM Chairpersons 2019-2020 (pdf)  
Requirements for Licensing as a Local Pastor (Word)

If you have questions or are interested in more resources, contact the Rev. Lindsey Baynham, Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence, ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org or (804) 521-1126.