Candidacy Summit
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Oak Grove UMC
1722 Oak Grove Road NE
Decatur, GA 30033

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Dana Everhart

What to expect? You will have a chance to hear from a variety of speakers throughout the day about their call to ministry and how they are living out that call in the United Methodist Church as laity or clergy. We will have clergy from all three orders, Deacons, Elders, and Local Pastors, share about their ministry and how they discerned the right order. The Center for Clergy Excellence staff will talk about the entire candidacy process from beginning to certification, as well as provide other helpful resources. Finally, your group mentors will be present and you’ll have an opportunity to meet them and the other members of your group. The day will be filled with lots of information but you'll have plenty of chances to ask questions during the day as well as throughout your mentoring process.

Recently we were asked “if there is one thing you can tell folks as they start this journey, what would it be?” The answer, “know the process.” What does that mean? The Book of Discipline outlines in ¶310 all the steps for Candidacy and for becoming a Certified Candidate. Know the process that is in the 2016 Book of Discipline, these are the steps you’ll follow. We have a quick chart of steps available on our website called “A Simple Guide to Candidacy” that will be very helpful to you as you begin to understand the steps ahead.

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