Board of Ordained Ministry Handbook

The Board of Ordained Ministry Handbook is designed to be a reference library for the work of boards of ordained ministry (BOMs). Each chapter looks at a specific segment of the board’s work and contains information that may be used in the orientation of board members. These chapters also may be used in the training of interview teams, mentors, district committees, district superintendents, committees on pastor/staff parish relations, and others who share personnel responsibilities with the board. Some chapters provide directions for the administration of programs through the board such as licensing schools, psychological assessment, background and credit checks.

The BOM Handbook is a supporting resource to the United Methodist Book of Discipline. If there is any conflict between the Handbook and the Book of Discipline, the Book of Discipline is the primary resource and overrides what is written in the Handbook.

The BOM Handbook is edited by staff members of the Division of Ordained Ministry. Please contact the Candidacy department with any questions or comments about the Handbook.

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Section 1: Organization and Governance

Chapter 1: Board of Ordained Ministry Organization

Chapter 2: The District Committee on Ordained Ministry

Chapter 3: Training for the Committee on Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations

Section 2: Vocational Discernment

Chapter 4: Recruitment and Enlistment

Chapter 5: Candidacy Mentoring

Chapter 6: Orientation to Ministry

Section 3: The Candidacy Process

Chapter 7: Board of Ordained Ministry Registrar

Chapter 8: Candidacy & Candidacy Forms

Candidacy & conference Relations Forms

Chapter 9: Background Checks

Chapter 10: Psychological Assessment

Chapter 11: The Interview Process

Section 4: Clergy and Set-Apart Ministries

Chapter 12: Diaconal Ministry

Chapter 13: Licensed Ministry

Chapter 14: Provisional Membership

Chapter 15: Deacons

Chapter 16: Elders

Section 5: Education and Continuing Formation

Chapter 17: Clergy Mentoring

Chapter 18: Licensing School and Course of Study

Chapter 19: Seminary Relations and the Ministerial Education Fund

Chapter 20: Certification in Specialized Areas of Ministry

Chapter 21: Continuing Education

Section 6: Support, Nurture and Accountability

Chapter 22: Systems for Clergy Support and Accountability

Chapter 23: Clergy Endorsement

Chapter 24: Clergy Orders and the Fellowship

Chapter 25: Clergywomen in Ministry

Chapter 26: Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Ministry

Chapter 27: Ethics

Section 7: Conference Relationships

Chapter 28: Candidacy and Clergy Files: dCOM, BOM, and Personnel

Personnel and Supervision Files Summary Presentation

GCFA Personnel Guidelines

GCFA Supervisory Guidelines

Chapter 29: Changes in Conference Relationship

Checklist for Administrative Fair Process

Candidacy & Conference Relations Forms

Chapter 30: Retirement Planning and Relationship

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