Board of Ordained Ministry

 The board of ordained ministry is consisted of at least six ordained elders and deacons in full connection and when possible, at least two associate members or local pastors who have completed the Course of Study as members of the board with voice and vote.  At least one-fifth laypersons are included on the board.  The board membership is consisted of women and ethnic persons, at least one ordained clergy person in the retired relationship, at least one ordained clergy person in extension ministry, and clergy person in full connection age 35 or younger and a district superintendent named by the bishop to represent the cabinet.  Also, two-thirds of the members are elders who are graduates of seminaries listed by the University Senate.

The board assumes the primary responsibility for the enlistment and recruitment of ministerial leadership for our churches and other ministry settings by working in consultation with the cabinet and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to study and interpret the ordained, licensed, certified and assigned ministerial leadership needs and resources of the annual conference, with the assistance to the inclusive nature of the Church.  With the assistance of the local church committee on pastor-parish relations, conference agencies, and every ordained, licensed, certified and assigned leader of the conference, enlist women and men of all races and ethnic origins for ministry as a vocation and guide those persons in the process of education, training and discernment of the most appropriate path for their ministry, recommending colleges and schools of theology listed by the University Senate, licensing school and other approved educational opportunities. 

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