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Application for Provisional, Full, or Associate Membership

The Board of Ordained Ministry receives applications annually between July 1 and August 15, 2021. Please read the following information carefully, and we look forward to hearing from you as you respond to God’s continued call in your ministry.

Please note the Center for Clergy Excellence will be closed for the July 4 holiday. Rest assured that your application (sent to has been received and will be manually processed to as soon as we are available.

Overview of Instructions and Requirements
• For all Conference Relationships: What to Expect at BOM Interviews (pdf)
To learn more about particular conference relationships, click on the links below
• Certified Candidates and Local Pastors seeking Provisional Membership (pdf)
• Provisional Members seeking Full Membership (pdf)
• Local Pastors seeking Associate Membership (pdf)
• Lay and Clergy seeking Para/Professional Certification (pdf)

  Video Orientation Segments from the Board of Ordained Ministry
      Understanding and Preparing for VAUMC BOM Interviews 
      What’s in the Application Packet and How Do I Use It? 
      Personal Growth and Development 
      Practice of Ministry 
      Making the Best of a Recommendation or Continuance 

To request an application packet
For all conference relationships, download, complete, and submit the following application form via email to the Center for These forms are only available for download from July 1 to August 15 and they must be received via email no later than August 15, 2020.

♦ Provisional Membership as a Deacon Application Request (pdf)
♦ Provisional Membership as an Elder Application Request (pdf)
♦ Full Membership Application Request (pdf)
♦ Associate Membership Application Request (pdf)
♦ Para/Professional Certification Request (please email
It will be a great help to the office if you would save and submit this document using the following naming format:  Application2021 LastName_FirstName
As confirmation of receipt for the above submission, you will receive the expanded application packet for the relationship you are seeking. This packet will contain detailed instructions and specific deadlines for your papers, materials, and interviews with the Board of Ordained Ministry. 

The online candidate and file management system Pathways to Ministry is now UMCARESplus. You will receive an email invitation to register a UMCARES account. Should you need assistance with how to login and navigate the system, please check out the resources found here

In order to complete the above forms, as well as open and read the expanded application packet, you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader. Please be aware that Apple/Mac computers default to a “viewer” program which will not correctly render or open a PDF file, unless you have manually set Adobe Reader as your default program for this file extension.
Click the link below to download the latest version for free.  

Informal Advisory Volunteers (pdf) updated December 2021
A number of our past and present candidates have asked about informal advisors who would be willing to be contacted about reading papers, participating in mock interviews and generally being helpful about sharing their experiences in applying for Full Membership and Ordination. This list of ordained clergy have volunteered to serve in this capacity.

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