If you believe God is calling you to the ministry of a local pastor, you should first spend time in prayer and discernment, listening for God’s call in your life. It’s important to speak with you pastor about your call, and as you decide if this is the right path for you, you should read “The Christian as Minister: An Exploration into the Meaning of God’s Call.”

Once you have chosen to pursue ministry as a local pastor, you’ll need to apply to become a certified candidate and begin the Basic Five-Year Course of Study program.

Students who are enrolled in a school of theology listed by the University Senate may be appointed as a local pastor. Students interested in this option should contact their annual conference and their seminary to find out more about the steps they need to take to serve as a local pastor while completing their studies.