Susquehanna Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

According to The United Methodist Book of Discipline, ¶635.2, the Board of Ordained Ministry is responsible for among the following:

  • To assume the primary responsibility for the enlistment and recruitment of ministerial leadership for our churches and other ministerial settings;
  • To renew a culture of the call in the church;
  • To guide candidates  and examine applicants for ordained ministry and make recommendations to the Clergy Session;
  • To support all those in ministerial leadership with opportunities for ongoing education and spiritual formation;
  • To provide means for evaluating the effectiveness of ministerial leaders and to interpret the high ethical standards for ordained ministry set forth in the Discipline;
  • To work with the cabinet with regard to requests for changes in conference relationship, through retirement, transfer, medical leave, etc.

It is our hope and prayer that this website serves as a resource for:

  • Persons exploring a call to ministry;
  • working toward ordination as Deacon or Elder;
  • District Committees on Ordained Ministry;
  • Clergy serving as mentors, seeking continuing formation, and changing conference relationship

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 4:19

Work/Division of the Board

  • Develop and promote a culture of calling with those exploring ministry and in local churches
  • Supports those exploring calling to lay and ordained ministry leadership
  • Meets with students in seminary
  • Manages scholarships and ministry internships
  • Gives guidance for those seeking to be Certified Lay Ministries beyond a local church
  • Oversees Certified Lay Ministry certification candidacy and certification
  • Oversees the process for beginning candidates through certified candidates for ministry
  • Oversees the application for those seeking commissioning or ordination as Deacons or Elders
  • Provides educational opportunities for those in the candidacy process
  • Provides a Guidebooks for candidates seeking ordination and their mentors
  • Trains candidacy and clergy mentors

Licensed Local Pastors/Course of Study

  • Works with certified candidates for licensing and already licensed local pastors
  • Holds annual Licensing School for Local Pastors in conjunction with the Certified Lay Ministers School
  • Tracking and Resourcing for local pastors in Course of Study
  •  See Course of Study and Licensing School Links on the side menu

 

  • Sets guidelines and standards for continuing education for clergy, formation in servant leadership and continuing spiritual growth in Christ
  • Administer Ministerial Education Fund monies and other funding sources for continuing formation
  • Approve Continuing Education Units for Clergy

Clergy Status

Conference Relations Committee

  • Cares for changes in clergy status
  • Receives requests for retirement, leave of absence, sabbaticals and other changes
  • Over-sees transfers, voluntary exits from ministry & readmission to ministry
  • Works with Bishops and Cabinet as prescribed in the Book of Discipline

BoOM Calendar

Board of Ordained Ministry

2022 & 2023 Dates

Board Meeting Dates 

Oct 12 & 13, 2022 Fall Board Meeting: in-person
Feb 11 & 25, 2023 Ordination Candidate Interviews – on-site at churches
Feb 27, 2023 Board Prep Day: 9 am-12 (noon) via Zoom
March 13 & 14, 2023 Commissioning & In-Process Interview Days: in-person
March 30, 2023 Spring Board Meeting: 9 am-12 (noon) via Zoom

 

God’s Call Events 

Spring 2023 PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES ON FUTURE EVENT

 

Candidates and Provisional Members

DATE HAS CHANGED from August 12 to September 9, 2022 Theology Study Day for Ordination Candidates: 9:30-12 (noon) at First UMC Williamsport
November 11, 2022 Theology Study Day for Commissioning Candidates: 9:30-12 (noon) at First UMC Williamsport
September 18-19, 2022 Fall Retreat Day
January 10, 2023 Paperwork to apply for Commissioning/In-Process is DUE
Feb 11 & 25, 2023 Ordination Candidate Interviews at churches
March 13 & 14, 2023 Commissioning/In-Process Candidate Interviews

 

Future planning for Candidates & Provisional Members

Spring Educational Day 3rd Thursday of April (April 20, 2023)

Fall Retreat Days 3rd Sunday & Monday of September (September 18 & 19, 2022; September 17 & 18, 2023)