Candidacy Retreat for those Seeking Certification


Any candidate that has met with their District Superintendent requesting admission into Candidacy is required to attend a Candidacy Summit.  At this two day retreat you will meet other candidates, worship together, be introduced to the steps into Ministry, complete your psychological testing and be assigned a mentor and mentoring group.  The two Summits available this year are below.  Click on the link provided for the Summit you desire to attend and complete the registration form

The next scheduled Candidacy Retreat for persons wishing to become certified candidates for ministry will be Aug. 16-17 2019, at the Chiara Center in Springfield. The retreat will run from 1 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. 


The retreat enables participants to worship together, have a chance to ask questions and discern more about their call to ministry, learn about the process of ordained ministry and meet with their assigned mentor groups.

For more information, contact Kathy Crozier at

Registration Deadline is: July 15. 2019.

Cost is $325 (includes lodging, meals and the candidate's cost of their psychological assessment)


Prerequisites:  For more information

     •   Read and discuss The Christian as Minister with their

         pastor, campus minister or other clergy


     •   Write a letter to DS describing your call to ministry and

          requesting an appointment to discuss your call and

          complete required paperwork


Successful completion of a Candidacy Retreat is required for all candidates for desiring the opportunity to be in ministry as licensed local pastor, deacon or elder.