SED Ordained Ministry

UMC Ministry Candidacy Process

Welcome! Here you will find everything you need to know about the UMC Ministry Candidacy Process in the South East District. If you have further questions, please contact the dCOM Registrar: Elizabeth Flynn
863-688-5563, Ext. 328

Inquiring Candidates

​You are an "inquiring candidate" if you are asking questions about candidacy or are in the very beginning steps (for example, you have not yet asked the District Superintendent for his/her approval to become a candidate.
Please visit the Inquiring About Candidacy page, or the Candidate FAQs page to find helpful information.



​You are considered a candidate after you have been given permission by the District Superintendent to begin candidacy (and/or you have been certified). If you fall into this category, please click here.





Please refer to the Inquiring About Candidacy page or the Candidate FAQs page for help guiding candidates who come to you with questions about ordained ministry.

Full Time Local Pastors who do not have a Master of Divinity but wish to apply for Associate or Provisional Membership click here.


Upcoming District Committee on Ordained Ministry (dCOM) Meetings & Application Deadlines:

Meeting Date Application Deadline
February 13, 2018 January 16, 2018
April 24, 2018 March 27, 2018
August 21, 2018 July 24, 2018
October 16, 2018 September 18, 2018  -LP Renewals only



Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011