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 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 candidates for licensing and already licensed local pastors
  • Licensing School for CLM and LLP candidates
  • Tracking and Resourcing for Course of Study participants
  • 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

  • handling concerns regarding Conference Relations
  • retirement; leaves
  • exits & readmissions

BoOM Calendar

Board of Ordained Ministry

2021-2022 Dates

Board Meeting Dates 

Oct 18 2021 9am-4pm Fall Meeting – in person/hybrid
Feb 19 & 26 2022 On-Site Consultations for Ordination Candidates
Feb 28 2022 Interview Prep Day – online
March 14 & 15 2022 Candidates Interview Days – Commissioning, Check-in, Redos
April 11 2022 Spring Meeting – online



July 15 2021 9:30am *Informational Meeting for those seeking commissioning
Sept 6 midnight Notification email sent to Elders or Deacon’s Registrar if seeking commissioning or ordination for that Annual Conference year
Jan 7 postmark Submission of paperwork if mailed
Jan 11 midnight Submission of paperwork for all Board work


Study Days

July 30 2021 9:30AM-12n Theology Study Day for Ordination
Nov 5 2021  9:30AM Theology Study Day for Commissioning


God’s Call Events 

Fall 2021 Hybrid Option
January 22, 2021 God’s Call Event (via Zoom) – registration here
March 19, 2022 God’s Call Event (via Zoom) – registration here
August 6, 2022 God’s Call Event (Location TBD)


Candidates and Provisional Members

April 15 2021 Spring Educational Day – Zoom or watch later
Sept 19 2021 4:30 pm- Sept 20 3:30pm Fall Educational Retreat
Jan 4 2022 Materials given to Mentor to read
April 21 2022 Spring Educational Day


Mentor Training

October 5th  9:30-Noon at Good Shepherd, Tyrone
October 27th  9:30-Noon at Faith Church, Montoursville
November 8th  9:30-Noon at Shepherdstown, Mechanicsburg
November 18th  6:30-9pm, via Zoom, (make up opportunity,)  Register for Zoom at


Future planning for Candidates and Provisional Members

Spring Educational Days 3rd Thursday of April

Fall Retreat Days 3rd Sunday & Monday of September

* Elder Commissioning Info Session ID: 820 1477 9999Passcode: 424913