Candidates for Ministry


As a Candidate for Ministry, you are responsible to see that all necessary items are in your file.  Checklists are provided to help you in the journey:  

Beginning Candidacy through Certified Candidate Checklist Here 

Certified Candidate through Ordination Checklist Here 

Certified Candidate through Licensed Local Pastor Checklist Here 

Background Checks - REQUIRED- State Police, PA Child Abuse, Federal (FBI) Criminal History Report


  • Have you ever wondered "God where/how is it you are calling me to serve?"
  • Do you know individuals being called to the ministry of a pastor within the United Methodist Church? 
  • Have you wondered what is the difference in serving as an ordained elder, ordained deacon, a local pastor and /or a certified lay minister?  
  • Do you know the various certified ministries honored by the United Methodist Church?
*God's Call Event ONLY required if you are moving toward certified candidacy - only need to attend once   
  •  The next event will be posted - TBA [to be announce] Stay Tune . . .


Saturday, May 20
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Clarks Summit United Methodist Church
1310 Morgan Hwy.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411-9503

This training is open to clergy from all districts in the Susquehanna Conference. In keeping with our promise to keep ourselves aware and well informed, here is a wonderful opportunity to receive excellent training by Rev. Marian Hartman and Pastor David Walker.

In addition, you will receive the CEU's needed toward your Boundaries requirement.

Please RSVP to or
570-344-8313 by May 15.

Please note, there is a $10 fee which can be paid the day of the training.

Light refreshments will be served.

Debbie Shilanski and Cindy Weaver
Administrative Assistant Team Scanton/Wilkes-Barre District
Susquehanna Conference UMC

SAFE Sanctuaries

posted Apr 4, 2017, 8:46 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 8:48 AM ]

                                                          Safe Sanctuary Training 2017

For a list of SS training offered throughout the Conference, 
click here: 

Candidacy Forms

posted Mar 3, 2014, 11:37 AM by   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 7:17 AM by Vicky Salisbury ]

Attached below are the forms that need to be completed and returned to the District Office as you work through Candidacy studies.

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