Board of Ordained Ministry Handbook

The Board of Ordained Ministry Handbook is designed to be a reference library for the work of BOMs. Each chapter addresses a specific segment of the board’s work, providing information that may be used in board member orientation. It may be used also to train interview teams, mentors, dCOMs, district superintendents, committees on pastor/staff parish relations, and others who share personnel responsibilities with the board. Some chapters provide directions for program administration, such as licensing schools, psychological assessment, and background and credit checks.The Handbook is a supporting resource to The Book of Discipline; if there is a conflict between the two, The Book of Discipline is primary and overrides 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.

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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