The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 21, 2018
 
Ministry and Ministerial Services
 
 
Contacts: 
Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
 
Alabama-West Florida Conference Office of Ministerial Services
4719 Woodmere Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36106
 
Application to Request Admission to the Ministry Candidacy Program
Download here the Application to Request Admission to the Ministry Candidacy Program, which the Pensacola District asks of inquirers who have reached the step in which they wish to request, in writing, admission to the Ministry Candidacy Program. If you wish to e-mail rather than mail the packet, that is fine. E-mail to admin@umcpensacoladistrict.org (the Pensacola District Office) and pastorbb@warringtonumc.org (Rev. Bob Bailey).  Browse this page to be aware of important requirements / events / deadlines.
 
 
Declaration of Candidacy for Ordained Ministry - Recommendation Forms (Version 12/10/2014)
Download Pastor-Parish Relations Committee Recommendation and Charge Conference Recommendation forms:   PDFMS Word.   
 
Steps to Becoming a Minister
 
Important Dates - Training, Prerequisites, and Deadlines
Licensing School
For information on this topic visit http://www.awfumc.org/MinisterialServices.
 
The Right Start Workshop
The Right Start workshop is required for clergy receiving new pastoral appointments.  This training has been specifically designed to aid clergy as they complete ministry in their current setting and prepare to begin service in a new congregation. Continuing education credit (CEU) is available.
 
For more information about this event:
(2) browse the AWFC calendar; or
(3) contact Erika Glawson, Executive Assistant at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services, at 334-356-8014, toll-free 888-873-3127, or erika@awfumc.org.       
 
Update for 2018:  The 2018 workshop "The Right Start: Beginning Ministry in a New Setting" will be May 10, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at Enterprise FUMC.
 
The AWF Conference Candidacy Retreat
For information on this topic visit http://www.awfumc.org/boardofordainedministrymservices.
If you are interested in attending an AWF Conference Candidacy Retreat, contact your District Superintendent to begin the process. 
For more information please contact Erika Glawson, Executive Assistant at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services, at erika@awfumc.org or 334-356-8014 or toll-free number 888-873-3127.
 
See also:
 
The Beginning Pastors Workshop
All pastors taking their first appointment in the AWF Conference are required to attend "The Beginning Pastors Workshop."
 
For more information about this event:
(2) browse the AWFC calendar; or
(3) contact Erika Glawson, Executive Assistant at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services, at 334-356-8014, toll-free 888-873-3127, or erika@awfumc.org.       
 
Meetings of the Pensacola District Committee on Ministry (dCOM)
When Pensacola District Committee meetings are scheduled, announcement is posted here on our Officers page as well as on our Message Board.  As you go through the ministry process, keep a copy of ALL your documents. Every time you meet with the Committee on Ministry, bring all your paperwork with you. 
 
 
Commissioning and Ordination Requirements
For information about commissioning and ordination requirements and deadlines, and to download the required forms visit http://www.awfumc.org/CommissioningAndOrdination.
 
"Interviews by Conference Board of Ministry for Provisional status are held once per year. District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) and District Superintendent recommendations must be in no later than November 1st and the interviews are in the next January or February. Pensacola dCOM interviews for provisional recommendation are held in August but no later than September. All this is done in this much advance because of the paperwork required for provisional." - Pensacola DCOM 11/01/2016
 
Important information for newly-appointed clergy is at http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/RightStart.
 
Course of Study and Licensing
 
Financial Assistance
There is information about financial assistance on the AWF Conference website at http://AWFumc.org/FinancialAssistance.
There is information about the AWF Asbury Foundation on the AWF Conference website at https://www.awfumc.org/AwfAsburyFoundation.
There is scholarship/loan information at http://gbhem.org.
GBHEM Offers Financial Planning Services for Certified Candidates
(GBHEM.org 6/27/2017) - The Candidacy Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry. For more information visit https://www.gbhem.org/article/gbhem-candidacy-office-offers-financial-planning-services-certified-candidates.
 
Online Resources about Ministry Within The United Methodist Church
There is such a vast wealth of knowledge available on these sites that you have to browse to appreciate:
News Bulletins / Resources / Updates 
  • Pastoral Transitions Guidelines
  • About the District Committee on Ministry, candidate interviews, requirements, etc. - Download DCOM Handbook.
  • Certification Studies 
  • For Steps in the Candidacy Process for Deacon, Elder, and Local Pastor continue here. 
  • If you are a certified candidate attending seminary you are eligible for Ministerial Education Funds (MEF) from our conference. Just go to http://www.awfumc.org/financialassistance and download the Ministerial Education Fund application.  Students can also find known scholarship opportunities and conference policies concerning MEF in the Policies and Procedures Manual at the same website. Please note: If you received MEF monies last semester, it is your responsibility to see that your seminary registrar sends a verification of the number of hours being taken in the term in which you are currently enrolled to the Director of Ministerial Services for the Alabama West Florida Conference at http://awfumc.org or 888.873.3127.
  • Students who need financial help for college costs can apply online for United Methodist scholarships or loans. Students can also repay their loans online. Visit www.gbhem.org and click on the Loans and Scholarships button.  You can also find Student Scholarships and Loans information at http://www.awfumc.org/financialassistance.
  • Course of Study:  Policy Effective June 1, 2011 -  The Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry adopted a policy that took effect June 1, 2011. The policy is found in our BOM Policies and Procedures manual found on the Board of Ordained Ministry webpage at www.awfumc.org.   Here is the content of this new policy:
    • All local pastors will successfully complete the Basic Course of Study classes (319). 
    • The grading and attendance policy for the Alabama-West Florida Conference is as follows: 
      • If a Course of Study student does not show up for class without notice, he/she will be billed for the course cost paid by Ministerial Education Funds. If he/she does not pay the money owed, he/she will not receive any additional MEF funds until the bill is paid. 
      • If a Course of Study student receives an incomplete in a course, no additional MEF funds will be available to him/her until the course is successfully completed. 
      • If a Course of Study student receives a grade of D or F in a COS course, he/she must retake the course at his/her own expense.
      • In a Course of Study class, a grade of C or above is deemed successful completion and is required to receive credit for the courses from the AWF Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rev. June Jernigan, Director, AWFC Office of Ministerial Services.
 
Information from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Loan Application Available from GBHEM
GBHEM offers United Methodist students the lowest interest rates for student loans in the U.S. to help minimize debt levels. Students may borrow up to $5,000 per calendar year. For more information continue here.
 

 
The Rubie Plant Butterworth Scholarship Fund
(GBHEM 1/9/2018) - The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is honored to announce the latest addition to its more than 70 scholarship funds. The Rubie Plant Butterworth Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to individuals attending one of the 13 United Methodist seminaries and pursuing ordination as a deacon.  The Rubie Plant Butterworth Scholarship will provide an initial endowment of $20,000 for United Methodist students on a deacon track.  For the complete article announcing this new scholarship continue here. For more information about loans and scholarships visit www.gbhem.org/loansandscholarships.
 
Financial Planning Services for Certified Candidates
(GBHEM.org 6/27/2017) - The Candidacy Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry. For more information visit https://www.gbhem.org/article/gbhem-candidacy-office-offers-financial-planning-services-certified-candidates.  
 
 
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