- Meeting with their local church pastor
- Registering for the Introduction to Ministry course through the East Michigan Training Institute (EMTI) offered twice a year
- Assembling a prayer team to journey alongside throughout the process
- Exploring a Call to Ministry?
- Ordained Ministry
- The General Call and the Representative Call
- Course Descriptions
Exploring a call to ministry
What does it mean to be an Elder in the Free Methodist Church?
Visit the denominational Credentialing and Development page
Ministry Discernment Guide 2020
Which educational path for ordination is right for me?
- An individual, sensing the call of God to pastoral ministry, is first licensed as a Local Ministerial Candidate (LMC). This process is completed with a FM pastor within the context of a local church. The call is affirmed by fruitful service in the local church where initial training begins.
- The second step involves acceptance by the annual conference as a Conference Ministerial Candidate (CMC). During this period the candidate prepares for the third step, ordination, through course work and serving in the local church.
- Prior to being considered for becoming a CMC an individual must have completed both the Introduction to Ministry and the Free Methodist Experience (History and Polity of FM) courses through the EMTI as well as completing the process as outlined in the Ministry Discernment Guide.
- Candidates are encouraged to complete a Bachelor’s degree at one of our FM institutions if possible. Coursework may also be completed through the conference East Michigan Training Institute (EMTI) or through the denomination, both online and correspondence formats are available. https://leadership.fmcusa.org/
- In the third step, upon successful completion of the preparatory work and affirmation of the Ministerial Education and Guidance (MEG) board in consultation with the local church and pastor, a candidate is elected to ordination as an elder and becomes a full conference member.*
- We are created in Christ to do good works
- God has prepared this in advance
- All have the same Spirit
- There are different gifts for the common good of the body
- All gifts are of equal value
- Everyone has a contribution to make
- Confidence in this calling to influence others
- Humility that I don’t have all the answers and I could be wrong
- Openness to learning from others about the differences around us; willing to be a lifelong student
- Always seeking to be responsive to God and others.
- An individual, sensing the call of God and the church to pastoral ministry, is first licensed as a local ministerial candidate (LMC). 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 (CMC). During this period the candidate prepares for the third step through course work and itinerant service.
- Prior to being considered as a conference ministerial candidate and individual must have completed both the Introduction to Ministry and the Free Methodist Experience (History and Polity of FM) courses through the EMTI.
- In the third step a candidate is elected to ordination as an elder and becomes a full conference member.