Called to Serve

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Through baptism, all United Methodists are called to ministry. Discover ways to help church members live their call to serve as part of a congregation or in ordained, licensed and certified ministry in local congregations, on campuses and hospitals, in the military and in a variety of other settings.
At ordination, United Methodist clergy are prayed over, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and authorized by the church for their life and work. Photo by Emily Green, Indiana Conference.
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Called to Serve

Spirit empowered, church authorized: United Methodist ordination

What does The United Methodist Church teach about ordination? Learn more about the steps and blessings to become a deacon or elder.

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Praise and worship were offered throughout Exploration. Photo by Giffin Creative.
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Called to Serve

Preparing a new generation of Christian leaders

Identifying emerging Christian leaders and equipping them for service continues to be at the heart of the mission of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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Candidacy and Ordination

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