Full Membership and Ordination as a Deacon or as an Elder

A candidate who has been a provisional member for at least two (2) years may apply for membership in full connection in an annual conference and ordination as a deacon or an elder.

A candidate for the order of deacon may be recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry to the clergy session for ordination as a deacon in full connection if he or she has (a) served under episcopal appointment in a ministry of service for at least two (2) annual conference years as a provisional member of the conference after completion of the educational requirements; (b) been supervised throughout the provisional period by a district superintendent and a mentor assigned by the Board of Ordained Ministry; and (c) responded to an examination administered by the Board of Ordained Ministry on the covenantal relationship to God, the interrelatedness of the church and the world. A candidate for the order of elder may be recommended to the clergy session for ordination as an elder in full connection if she or he has (a) served under episcopal appointment for at least two (2) full annual conference years as a provisional member of the conference after completion of the educational requirements; (b) been supervised throughout the provisional period by a district superintendent and a mentor assigned by the Board of Ordained Ministry; (c) satisfied the Board of Ordained Ministry regarding physical, mental and emotional health; (d) taught a book of the Bible, (e) preached a video-taped sermon, (f) submitted an autobiographical statement; (g) prepared a verbatim case study. This forms a part of the examination administered by the Board of Ordained Ministry in the areas of theology and vocation (¶ 335 of The Book of Discipline 2012). The candidate will have participated in the Residence in Ministry (RIM) Program during the provisional period

(See pp. 25 - 30)