The Center for Pastoral Formation

Ordination Path





1.  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.

2. The second step involves acceptance by the annual conference as a conference ministerial candidate (CMC). During this period the candidate prepares for the third step through coursework and itinerant service.

3. In the third step a candidate is elected to ordination as an elder and becomes a full conference member.