Susquehanna Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

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

  • 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;
  • Those working toward Ordination or Licensed Ministries;
  • 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

2024 Dates:

Candidate Retreat at Mt. Asbury:
Wednesday, April 17 - Thursday, April 18, 2024

Begin with lunch at Noon Wednesday, wrap up after lunch at 1:00 Thursday

    • All current commissioned candidates are required to be there.
    • All those approved to be commissioned by the BOOM after March 4 & 5 interviews are required to be there.


GBHEM BOM Quadrennial Training:
August 19-22, 2024
Atlanta GA
as invited by position


Theology Study Day:
August 22, 2024
St. Andrew's Valley View UMC or via Zoom
RSVP to Suzanne Elliot by Aug 19 for details


God's Call Fall Event:
September 14, 2024
in person, location TBD


Candidate Fall Day Apart:
September 24, 2024
Mt. Nittany UMC


Board Fall Meeting:
October 22, 2024
(10am-4pm) in person, location TBD

2025 Dates:

January 15, 2025 Candidate paperwork due to BOM Registrar


Ordination Interviews:
February 8, 2025
(Snow date Feb 22)
(9am-2pm) on-site at candidate’s church
Board & Ordination Candidates


Board Interview Prep:
February 26, 2025
(9am-12pm)  online


Interview Day for Commissioning and Check-ins:
March 10-11, 2025
(8am-5pm) location TBD
Board, Candidates & Mentors;   Zoom for Check-Ins


Board Spring Meeting:
March 26, 2025
(9am-12pm) Zoom or In-Person TBD