Ministerial Development and Credentialing (MD&C)



Ordination has three stages:


  • An individual, sensing the call of God and the church to pastoral ministry, is first licensed as a local ministerial candidate (LMC). The call is affirmed by service in the local church where initial training begins.
  • Step two involves acceptance by the annual conference as a conference ministerial candidate (CMC).  The candidate also prepares for the third step through course work and service.
  • Click here to fill out our ordination form.
  • In the third step a candidate is elected to ordination as an elder and becomes a full conference member.



Online and Correspondence Courses are available through the Free Methodist Church USA for candidates who actively pursuing ordination in the Free Methodist Church. Each course has an experienced professor to guide the student in the learning process.


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   Take a look at the materials the Light + Life Bookstore has to offer for your credentialing needs.  Click here!