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 

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 

March 18, 2023 9 am - 1 pm via Zoom - REGISTER TODAY
August 5, 2023 9 am - 1 pm (Location TBD)

 

Candidates and Provisional Members

DATE & TIME HAS CHANGED from November 11 (9:30 am) to November 18, 2022 (9 am) Theology Study Day for Commissioning Candidates: 9 am -12 (noon) at First UMC Williamsport
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 17 & 18, 2023)