Ordained & Licensed Ministry

One of the four areas of focus of The United Methodist Church is to develop principled Christian leaders to serve in churches and other ministry settings. Ordained clergy serve God through the church in “ministries of witness and service that extend Christ’s love and justice.”( Discipline, ¶343.1)

Whether ordained or commissioned as elders or deacons, or licensed as local pastors, they are appointed or assigned to be servant-leaders as pastors, chaplains, pastoral counselors, teachers or ministers with particular assignments. Their forms of ministry may include preaching, leading worship, teaching the Word of God, administering the sacraments, ordering the church for mission and service, and administering the church according to the Book of Discipline.

Board of Ordained Ministry


Resources for Ministry

Visit GBHEM at www.gbhem.org.


Sexual Ethics Requirements

The Level 1 (Basic) Workshop is mandatory for all persons seeking certification as candidates in ministry, candidates for ministerial roles and for all other individuals beginning ministerial roles within the Eastern PA Conference.

Other approved courses for BSE requirements:
  • Peninsula-Delaware’s comparable BSE course
  • Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Boundary Training class
  • Evangelical Seminary’s Boundary Training class
  • Drew University Theological School’s Sexual Ethics course — Drew Sexual Ethics Syllabus Fall 2017
Upcoming Sexual Ethics Workshops:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Financial aid for clergy seeking Spiritual Direction

The Eastern PA Conference Board of Ordained Ministry offers subsidies to ordained and licensed clergy to receive spiritual direction through its pastoral care program. A list of spiritual directors in the Eastern PA Conference is below. Contact the Rev. Andrea Brown if you would like financial help to receive qualified spiritual direction.

Clergy do not have to select a name from this list to receive financial aid. However, the individual selected must be registered with Spiritual Directors International.
United Methodist Spiritual Directors in the Eastern PA Conference, who are registered with Spiritual Directors International (SDI):
  • Brenda Jean Coffin–Lititz, PA, USA. 717-615-7713.
  • Rev. Dr. Susan Cole–Philadelphia, PA. 215-242-0611 x2.
  • Rev. Dr. C. Karen Covey Moore–Claymont, DE. 302-650-0790.
  • Rev. Sara Davis-Shappel–Devon, PA. 610-873-3988.
  • Rev. Maryanne B. Ditter–Perkiomenville, PA. 215-234-9286
  • Rev. Amy B. Emmett-Rardin–Drexel HIll, PA. 610-909-2336
  • Rev. Michael C. Johnson–Phoenixville, PA. 410-340-6439
  • Rev. Jennifer Lynn Raudenbush–Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA. 570-617-8632
  • Rev. Dr. Robert D. Sorozan–Elizabethtown, PA, USA. 717-287-3950
  • Rev. Susan L. Worrell–West Chester & Kennett Square, PA. 610-436-9298
About Ordained Ministry

Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors: One of the ways ordained clergy serve God through the church is through ministries of “witness and service which extend Christ’s love and justice.”(¶343.1) Clergy in ministries of pastoral care in specialized settings as chaplains and pastoral counselors may be endorsed by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency. — ¶1421.5, 2008 Book of Discipline

Deacons: Those who respond to God’s call to lead in service and to equip others for this ministry through teaching, proclamation, and worship and who assist elders in the administration of the sacraments are ordained deacon. – ¶303.2, 2008 Book of Discipline

Elders: Those whose leadership in service includes preaching and teaching the Word of God, administration of the sacraments, ordering the Church for its mission and service, and administration of the Discipline of the Church are ordained as elders.–2008 Discipline — ¶303.2, 2008 Book of Discipline

Licensed Local Pastors: Full-time and part-time licensed local pastors under appointment are clergy members of the annual conference in which they are appointed. Those who are licensed for pastoral ministry and appointed to the local church shall preach, conduct divine worship and perform the duties of a pastor. — ¶¶ 602, 315, 2008 Book of Discipline

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