Training for Ministry
Are you feeling a call to ministry, but need some help and clarification in that call? The East Michigan Conference Ministerial Education and Guidance Leadership Team (MEG) has some information to help you. Whether it's deciding how to pursue your education for ordination, or having a clear path for beginning your ministry journey in your local church, we have downloads on this page that can help you.
Also, the Free Methodist Church has developed a new program, the Deacon Ministry, for individuals that may not desire ordination, but want to serve in the local church and be better equipped for service. Get information on this program in the document titled Deacon Handbook below.
If you desire ordination in the Free Methodist Church there are three stages:
- An individual, sensing the call of God and the church to pastoral ministry, is first licensed as a local ministerial candidate. The call is affirmed by service in the local church where initial training begins.
- The second step involves acceptance by the annual conference as a conference ministerial candidate. During this period the candidate prepares for the third step through course work and itinerant service.
- In the third step a candidate is elected to ordination as an elder and becomes a full conference member.
If you have questions or would like to speak to a member of the MEG team, please feel free to contact the conference office at 810.687.8879.
Get more detail on ordination at our denominational website.
|Is Ordination the Right Path for My Life||
|Local Ministerial Candidate Handbook||
|Which Education Path for Ordination is Right for Me?||