Your Apportionments at Work—Candidacy and Licensing for Pastoral Ministry

By WV UMC Admin

All of us who follow Jesus are called to serve in some type of ministry. One of the ways that the West Virginia Conference celebrates and invests in ministry leaders is through its Candidacy and Licensing programs, designed for those interested in pursuing licensed or ordained ministry. Along with mentors and others who are discerning God’s calling, participants help each other clarify their gifts and the best fit for their ministry leadership. The District Committee on Ministry helps to shape that calling, as it confirms each one’s next steps for following Christ and leading in ministry. For some, becoming credentialed through the Pastoral Ministry Licensing School is a next step. Others choose to pursue ordination, and may begin seminary. Still others hear God calling them to serve as laity leaders. All of us contribute to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Through our apportionment giving, the West Virginia Conference has invested a total of $25,000 during the 2022-2023 appointment year in the 20 people participating in candidacy and Pastoral Ministry Licensing School, so that finances will not be an obstacle to their responding to Gods’ call to serve.

In 2022-2023, 20 participants completed their candidacy process during the fall and spring. 14 students completed the spring Pastoral Ministry Licensing School.

Thank you for your generous support of these ministry leaders through our apportionment giving.