Candidate's Page -- What Comes Next?


Here is a check list to help you navigate the initial steps required by the Book of Discipline and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.  The list will aid you as you move through the required steps  towards candidacy and possible ordained ministry or ministry as a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church.


If you have any additional questions concerning these early steps towards candidacy please feel free to contact the Board's Registrar/Administrative Assistant

Make Contact

Contact your pastor, campus minister or any United Methodist elder or deacon and get from him/her a copy of The Christian as Minister.

Read and Discuss


Read and discuss "The Christian as Minister" with your pastor, campus minister or any United Methodist elder or deacon, taking time to discern and examine your call to ministry.  The review of this book must be complete PRIOR TO your meeting with the District Superintendent.

Contact the District Office


Contact the District Office to begin the formal process into candidacy.  At that visit you will be asked to complete release forms, pay fees and be told about UMCARES.  UMCARES is our digital filing system.  Every candidate must be able to use a computer and have an email address.

Complete the Steps in UMCARES

Following your contact with the District Office you will receive and email inviting you to activate your UMCARES account (this email comes as  Once your UMCARES account is activated click on the IGR Pre-Candidacy Track and complete all the steps.  .  ALL THE STEPS in UMCARES must be completed and all required documents uploaded befor your meeting with the District Superintendent.  This includes the reading and discussion of  "The Christian as Minister" with your pastor/campus minister.