Board of Ordained Ministry: Educational Requirements (BOM)

(From Section V: Provision Membership, 2011 Journal)

Applicants must complete four required courses in addition to those required by the 2008 United Methodist Book of Discipline, Paragraph 324.4:

  • a course in basic pastoral care
  • a course in Wesleyan theology beyond United Methodist, History, and Doctrine
  • a course in preaching for those anticipating ordination as an elder or a course in worship beyond the required course for those anticipating ordination as a deacon
  • a course in church administration

These four courses must be completed for seminarians seeking ordination who have matriculated beginning in the fall of 2010.

All courses taken in seminary must have a “C” or better grade to be acceptable beginning September, 2011.

Distance Learning is approved for 2/3 of work beginning in January, 2011 for all UM seminaries and Asbury.  Anyone entering a seminary degree program who is seeking ordination from January, 2011 and onward will not be allowed to take Distance Learning courses except for the 13 United Methodist seminaries and Asbury.  Persons in non United Methodist seminaries prior to January, 2011 can complete no more than 1/3 Distance Learning.

When all graduate educational requirements have been completed, including the requirements of United Methodist History, Doctrine and Polity and the four additionally required courses, the provisional member participates in the Provisional Residency Program. Two years of the residency program must be effectively completed in the same appointment.  During the second year of the residency program, the provisional member may apply for ordination and membership in full connection.  When the provisional member is applying for full connection, the District Superintendent’s letter recommending the minister for orders and full connection is to be sent to the Office of Ordained Ministry at the UM Center in Little Rock by January 31.