July 2012 Candidacy Group Mentoring Training Event Resources
GBHEM partnered with the Fund for Theological Education to train annual conferences to provide candidacy mentoring in small group settings. Based on recommendations coming out of the Study of Ministry Commission and learning from annual conferences that have already instituted such programs, we have observed marked success for candidates, mentors, administration of the candidacy mentoring process and dCOMs/BOMs as they work with candidates to discern God’s call and prepare for certification for licensed or ordained ministry.
Below are the resources that were distributed during the Candidacy Group Mentoring Training event held in Atlanta, Georgia on July 31 – August 3, 2012.
Opening Presentation from GBHEM – presented by Meg Lassiat, GBHEM
Opening Presentation from the Fund for Theological Education – presented by Dori Baker, FTE
Mentoring Presentation – presented by Virginia Annual Conference
Group Mentoring Presentation – presented by Emily Oliver, Florida Annual Conference
Group Candidacy Mentoring Training Presentation – presented by Josh Hale, Texas Annual Conference
Candidacy Process and Vocational Discernment – presented by Meg Lassiat and Bruce Fenner, GBHEM
The book provides information and material to guide a candidate for ordained or licensed ministry through the process.
Guidebook and CARE Practices Connections
The VocationCARE practices have many points of intersections with the process presented in the Candidacy Guidebook. We invite you to bring these resources together in ways that fit your context’s needs. This document contains suggestions for practices/exercises where these two resources intersect well.
Glossary of Candidacy Terms
Candidacy Mentoring and the Vocational Discernment Coordinator
New BOD Paragraphs
Steps into Ministry
Fund for Theological Education Resources:
River of Life Exercise
Florida Annual Conference Resource:
Texas Annual Conference Resources:
What's All This - A guide to UMC structure and terms.
Inquiring Candidate Checklist
Exploring Mentor Groups Guidelines
Exploring Candidate Checklist
Certified Candidate Checklist
Provisional Member Checklist