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Clergy Excellence Candicacy Forms

Greetings! Below you will find forms that are necessary in your journey toward certification, licensing, and ordination in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The documents and links have been organized according to the stages of credentialing in our conference. Please bookmark this page so you can refer to it as you travel through the processes for certification as a lay minister and/or candidate toward ordination.

Inquiring Candidate Documents and Instructions

These documents are necessary as you move through the Inquiring Candidate phase of the process. A checklist has been provided for your convenience so you can keep track of what you have done. It is recommended that you complete the steps before filling out the Inquiring Candidacy Application form.

Instructions:

1. Download and fill out the biographical form and save it as a Word doc or PDF to be uploaded when you fill out the Inquiring Candidate Steps form

2. Write your call statement and save it as a Word doc or PDF  to be uploaded when you fill out the Inquiring Candidate Steps form.

3. Download the background check authorization instructions to complete the authorization which must be mailed to your District Office.

4. Fill out the Inquiring Candidacy Application form. A copy will automatically be sent to your DCOM chair and trigger the request for an interview.

List of Forms and Documents:

These application forms are district-specific. Please chose the form for your district. If you do not know your district, contact the Associate Director for Call and Candidacy via email or phone at 804-521-1141.

Inquiring Candidates Steps

If you have questions please contact the Associate Director for Call and Candidacy Crystal Sygeel: [email protected]

Becoming a Certified Candidate

Becoming A Certified Candidate Guide and Requirements

This document will give an overview of the process of Becoming A Certified Candidate in Virginia.

Both the guide and checklist have links to several of the necessary forms for Candidacy.

Here you will find links to two of the documents required.

Request for Psychological Assessment

Written Responses for Ministry

Extended Background Check Authorizatation (pdf)

Becoming A Certified Candidate Checklist

This is to help you keep track of all paperwork and what you will be expected to do with the paperwork when you fill out your final application.

Becoming A Certified Candidate Jotform Applications

Be sure to click on the application that corresponds to your district.

Becoming a Certified Candidate Applications

Candidacy Summit Events

The Candidacy Summit is an overnight event for anyone (18 or older and out of high school) who is interested in learning more about pursuing ministry leadership in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church (VAUMC). (There are separate events for high school students who are interested in pursing ministry leadership.) The purpose of the Candidacy Summit is to provide opportunities for vocational discernment, connection with others who are exploring God’s call in their lives, and deeper understanding about the VAUMC journey toward certified, licensed and ordained ministry.
Next Events: January 6-7, 2023 and July 7-8, 2023

Candidacy Renewal

Coastal Virginia
Living Waters 
Mission Rivers
Mountain View
Northern Virginia 
Shenandoah River 
Three Notch’d
Valley Ridge 

Licensing As Local Pastor Steps

Coastal Virginia
Living Waters 
Mission Rivers 
Mountain View
Shenandoah River 
Northern Virginia 
Three Notch’d 
Valley Ridge 

Forms for Licensing Renewal

Licensing Renewal Steps

Coastal Virginia 
Living Waters 
Mission Rivers 
Mountain View 
Northern Virginia 
Shenandoah River 
Three Notch’d District 
Valley Ridge 

Provisional Request for Recommendation from dCom

Coastal Virginia District
Living Waters District
Mission Rivers District
Mountain View District
Northern Virginia District
Shenandoah River District
Three Notch’d District
Valley Ridge District

Associate Request for Recommendation from dCom

Coastal Virginia District
Living Waters District
Mission Rivers District
Mountain View District
Northern Virginia District
Shenandoah River District
Three Notch’d District
Valley Ridge District

Full Membership

dCOM forms

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