Ordained and Licensed Ministry

Persons who feel that God is calling them to ministry in The United Methodist Church will be participating in a process of discernment and examination that may lead to being either licensed or ordained as a United Methodist clergy.  It is an involved process that requires a person to be listening for God’s call each step along the way.  It also involves lots of other people who God has placed in the process to verify a person’s call to ministry.

At the links below there is information for the various people and agencies that will be a part of this process.

For persons seeking to discern God’s call in their lives, you will want to begin on the page about the Candidacy Process. There you will find information to begin the process including Simple Guides to Local Pastor and Ordination. 

For information on District Committees on Ordained Ministry (DCOM), including meeting schedule, click here: District Committee on Ordained Ministry.

Information on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, click here: Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

We use an online application system called UMCARES for all applications. Please refer to the UMCARES Step by Step Guide to assist you.

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The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

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Lakeland, FL 33815

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