Board of Ordained Ministry

The Arkansas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry proposes to work within the framework of the current Discipline of the United Methodist Church. The CBOM is responsible for the process whereby persons enter into ministry. The process covers candidacy, licensing, ordination, membership and transfers. In addition to the process where person enter into ministry, the CBOM also is charged with exiting, retirement and the gathering and publishing of memoirs. Members shall be nominated by the Bishop after consultation with the Chairperson of the Board, the Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and the Cabinet.

Is God Calling Me?

Visit the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s “Explore your Calling” page here to learn more (specific pages are available for deacons, elders, local pastors, and lay servants.

Those preparing for licensing and ordination in The United Methodist Church formally explore their call to ministry through a process of inquiry and candidacy as required in The Book of Discipline (¶310-314). Click here to learn more. For the specific steps for Candidacy in the Arkansas Conference, click here.

Orientation to Ministry

Click here to register. Paragraph 312 of the 2016 Discipline requires all candidates to attend Orientation to Ministry. Prior to the event, we strongly suggest you read The Christian as Minister and visit with your local church pastor about your call.