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The United Methodist Candidacy Process is an important and exciting journey as you begin your ministry.

Steps Into the United Methodist Candidacy Process

The candidate, along with a candidacy mentor, will study resources determined by the conference Board of Ordained Ministry based on the candidate's statement of call, Wesley's historic questions found in Paragraph 310 of The Book of Discipline, and questions about formative experiences, the role of the church, Christian beliefs and personal gifts for ministry, which are listed in Paragraph 311.3.b and c. For a full listing of requirements click on the GBHEM web site.

The candidacy process for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church was shortened by two years in January 2009, under legislation approved by the 2008 General Conference. "Steps were taken to shorten and expedite the process and make it more accessible," said the Rev. Sharon Rubey, director of Candidacy and Conference Relations at the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Your Seminary Journey

The journey into ministry is filled with challenges, rewards, and important decisions. One decision you may face is that of choosing a seminary. Let us share with you a little about one choice, Saint Paul School of Theology.

The movement begun by John Wesley and other reformers has led millions to Christ and has sparked the fire of social renewal. Clearly, John Wesley was not only a person of faith and passion, but also one of reason and intellect. At Saint Paul, we expect a similar integration -- between the spiritual and the scholarly -- in both our students and our faculty. That is why we have created a unique curriculum, one that throughout weaves together theory and practice.
Saint Paul School of Theology is one of thirteen United Methodist seminaries. We are located in Kansas City, Missouri, and on the Oklahoma City University campus in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and are committed to educating leaders for the church. Currently, over 85% of our graduates are serving in the parish-the highest number of any of the United Methodist seminaries. Saint Paul is here and available to assist you in your journey.
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