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Endorsing Process 

Ecclesiastical endorsement is an affirmation that a person is, or will be, performing a valid extension ministry consistent with the covenantal community of The United Methodist Church and has presented evidence of having the special education, experience, and skills necessary to perform that ministry.

Endorsement is given to a specific setting. Should an individual move from one setting to another, the endorsement will be reviewed and, if approved, issued for the new setting. From application to endorsement, the process normally takes two to four months. Interviews will take place in Nashville, Tennessee.

Read more about the endorsing process and eligibility requirements

To request an application for UMC Endorsement in a specialized setting please send an email to Include the following information in your email:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Setting for which seeking endorsement
  • Clergy Status

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