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Board of Ordained Ministry Quadrennial Training 2022

December 5 @ 3:00 pm - December 8 @ 12:00 pm CST

Strengthening Relationships

As leadership shifts on Boards of Ordained Ministry and the landscape of vocational discernment and credentialing change, we convene a conversation every quadrennium between BOM staff, leadership, and others related to BOM work to discuss trends, strengthen networks, and learn from one another.


Spirit of Service and Leadership

The United Methodist Church is experiencing many transitions. Navigating those transitions mean adapting as leaders, caring for transition-induced trauma, and supporting the well-being of our clergy. The Board of Ordained Ministry Quadrennial Training will focus on these conversations and how we can navigate this shifting landscape together.

Plenaries and Workshops


Adaptive leadership

Adaptive leadership is vital for serving in vastly shifting ministry contexts. 

Trauma-Informed Ministry

We serve in an environment of individual and collective trauma. When our people have experienced real or perceived trauma, caregiving takes on new dimensions.

Clergy Self-care, Well-being, and Resiliency

In our fluid and chaotic ministry context, greater attention to well-being – spiritual, financial, physical, mental, and emotional – is needed within our candidates and clergy.

Study of Ministry

Engaging some of the primary points of the recent Study of Ministry Commission report, “A Sacred Trust”, with an eye toward supporting changes in the credentialing process.



Anti-racism: Where do we go from here?

Many have begun anti-racism work in their annual conference. What are some possible next moves to deepen the conversation? Facilitator: Rev. April Casperson


Mentors play a significant role in the shaping of candidates and clergy. How can mentors be identified, trained, and supported?

Vocational discernment

New forms of ministry are being identified by Boards of Ordained Ministry. How can these new ministry expressions be encouraged and validated within a system that may not be designed to support them?

Recording keeping

Consistent practices across the annual conferences is the Holy Grail of recording keeping. We’ll discuss standards, requirements, and share best practices.

The dCOM and the BOM

A healthy relationship between the District and Conference Boards is vital to creating a supportive and well-functioning credentialing process. How can they work better together, share information, share a common vision, and provide a cohesive experience for candidates?

Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

Thanks to technology, we are connected to ministry contexts are more than ever. How can we help clergy establish and maintain boundaries between their work and personal lives, new and previous congregations, and congregants placed in their care? How can we also care for clergy on leave and seek support and connection?

University Senate

For more than a century, the University Senate has endeavored to support and advocate for the extensive network of 109 United Methodist-affiliated schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and in Puerto Rico. How can you engage, support, and speak into the work of our University Senate?


The new candidate and clergy registry supports more than inquiring candidates and it’s flexible enough to support your work in some very creative ways. How can Passage help you share information across conference teams, provide transparency to a complex credentialing process, help and help you support your people in other creative ways?


The Effective Ministry 360 is an assessment tool that offers your annual conference much more than you may realize. How does it support Board interviews, ongoing candidate and clergy development, annual evaluations, and self-awareness?

Psychological Assessments

Ministerial Assessment Specialist remain a key aspect of our credentialling process. What assessments are being used? Which assessments are best for our work? How can we help our MAS’ better support the BOM’s work? What other resources are available the partnership between the cabinet, the Board, the candidate/clergy, and the MAS?

Status Changes

Our current landscape includes an increase in transfers, withdrawals, disaffiliations, readmittance, and other topics related to status changes. What practices and standards can guide our work so all of our candidates and clergy are treated equitably and consistently?

Transcript Interpretation and Evaluation with Rev. Gail Ford-Smith

How do you read a transcript? When looking at a transcript, 


Updating LLPs transferring. Removing the mandatory aspect of the Eight Year Assessment. Requirements for a new pathway.


Monday | December 5

3:00pm – Gather & Registration
5:00pm – Dinner
6:00pm – Welcome, Introductions, Call to Worship (claim space)
6:30pm – Plenary: Adaptive Leadership
8:00pm – Compline (Night Prayer)

Tuesday | December 6

8:30am – Lauds (Morning Prayer)
8:40am – Board of Ordained Ministry: Responsibilities and Functions
9:40am – Break
10:00am – Plenary: Trauma-Informed Ministry
12:00pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Workshop I
2:45pm – Break & Networking
3:15pm – Workshop II
4:30pm – Break & Networking
5:00pm – Dinner
6:00pm – Vespers (Evening Prayer)

Wednesday | December 7

8:30am – Lauds (Morning Prayer)
8:40am – Board of Ordained Ministry highlights
9:40am – Break
10:00am – Plenary: Well-being
12:00pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Workshop III
2:45pm – Break & Networking
3:15pm – Workshop IV
4:30pm – Break & Networking
5:00pm – Dinner
6:00pm – Vespers (Evening Prayer)

Thursday | December 8

8:30am – Lauds (Morning Prayer)
8:40am – Plenary: Study of Ministry
12:00pm – Lunch & Departure

See you in Dallas

Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207

In-Person Participants – $500

Includes: Single room for Monday-Wednesday nights (checkout on Thursday) and On-site meals

Full Conference Access: Plenaries, Worship, Workshops, Networking and Post-event resources


Virtual Participants – $250

Virtual Access: Plenaries, Worship, Workshops and Post-event resources


December 5 @ 3:00 pm CST
December 8 @ 12:00 pm CST




Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
2222 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207
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