There are many ways to serve God and your community in faith.  Resources are shared below; however, we encourage you to talk with your pastor and/or your district superintendent about your call.

Local Pastors answer God’s call to serve the mission of Jesus Christ typically by serving a local congregation in The United Methodist Church. They need not make themselves available as itinerant ministers and are not ordained or elected into full membership of the annual conference. Additionally, a local pastor’s authority is only within their appointment setting and does not extend beyond it. Local pastors serve under the authority of a license for pastoral ministry after completing the steps outlined in ¶ 315 of The Book of Discipline (2016) and meeting any annual conference requirements. Read More

Deacons are clergy leaders who are called by God, authorized by the church and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of word, service, compassion and justice. Deacons exemplify Christian discipleship, nurture others in their relationship to God and lead church people to respond to the needs of the needy, neglected and marginalized of the world. Read More

Elders are ordained United Methodist clergy who are ordained to a ministry of Word, Sacrament, Order, and Service. This means elders preach and teach the Word of God, provide pastoral care and counsel, administer the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion and order the life of the church for service in mission and ministry. The servant leadership of the elder takes place both in parish ministry, as well as in extension ministries, like chaplaincy, campus ministry, teaching, missionary work, general agency work and other contexts. Elders itinerate, which means they serve in ministry settings (appointments) where the bishop assigns them. Read More


Provisional Membership

Chaplaincy & Specialized Ministry - Not all United Methodist clergy serve in church congregations. Bishops can appoint clergy to specialized ministries beyond the local church. Today, more than 1,700 United Methodist clergy endorsed by GBHEM’s United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA) are answering God’s call and taking their ministry beyond the church doors. Read More


Linda Lucas, Conference BOM Registrar
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