Serving

Elders are ordained ministers who, by God’s grace . . . have been found by the Church to be of sound learning, of Christian character, possessing the necessary gift and evidence of God’s grace, and whose call by God to ordination has been confirmed by the Church. . . . By the authority given in their ordination, they are authorized to preach and teach the Word of God, to provide pastoral care and counsel, to administer the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion, and to order the life of the Church for service in mission and ministry.
—The 2012 Book of Discipline

Who We Are

Elders in The United Methodist Church serve as parish pastors, university or seminary teachers, military or institutional chaplains, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and in many other places where they nurture people in God’s love and order God’s people in worship and ministry.

The United Methodist Endorsing Agency provides endorsement, training, and support for elders and deacons who serve outside of a congregation as chaplains or pastoral counselors. Visit the link on the left for more information.

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry provides training and other resources for elders as they navigate the changing world and new ministry challenges.

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Connect with us via email or phone for any questions or concerns you might have. A full listing of staff is also available.

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