Candidacy is one of the first declarations that one can make in the United Methodist Church as they are exploring their call to ministry. During the candidacy journey, candidates explore with a mentor, participate in discernment events like the Summit and contribute to their file for the District Committee on Ordained Ministry. Below you will find information for various stages along the journey: Exploring Candidacy, Becoming a Certified Candidate and Seeking Provisional Membership once certified.
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Exploring Ministry Events
Calling 21 Intern Program
United Methodist Glossary of Terms (pdf)
Becoming a Certified Candidate
Becoming a Certified Candidate (pdf)
Candidate Information & Forms
Candidacy Summits are two day events to hear more about the Candidacy journey, ministry in the Conference and
Seminary Student Information
Contact the Rev. Jessie Colwell, Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence, ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org or (804) 521-1140 if you have questions or are interested in more resources.
Seeking Provisional Membership
Certified Candidates and Local Pastors Seeking Provisional Membership
Informal Advisory Volunteers (Word)
Educational Requirements for Provisional Membership (Word)
Please address specific questions about your application to the Rev. Jessie Colwell, the Director of the Center for Clergy Excellence, who serves as the BOM Registrar at JessieColwell@vaumc.org