Where to Begin
To enter the candidacy process, first talk with your minister & read The Christian as Minister. Then check your annual conference website for how to start and who to contact. To formally apply, you’ll need to write a letter to your District Superintendent outlining your call to ministry. Once you're a candidate, you’ll be assigned a mentor, an ordained person who will guide you through the process. (All Greek to you? Use our Glossary of Candidacy Terms.)
Elders need a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from a seminary approved by the church. Deacons may also receive a M.Div., or they can obtain a Master’s degree in their work field plus 27 theological study hours. Local pastors complete the Basic Five-Year Course of Study.
Scholarships and Loans
First, contact the financial aid office in the schools you’re interested in, since many institutions offer scholarships. You can also find loans and scholarships available through GBHEM by visiting the Loans and Scholarships page. Each annual conference has a Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM), which helps candidates during the candidacy process; check with your BOM about scholarships. Oh, and a helpful hint: more scholarships are available for certified candidates!