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
  • Co-Chairpersons: Rev. Gary Knerr and Rev. Johnson Dodla

Resources for Ministry

Extension Ministry Forms

The Following Forms are to be completed by Ordained Elders who are serving in an Appointment to Extension Ministry. The completed forms must be sent to all persons indicated on the forms and the mailing list attachment.


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.  Peninsula-Delaware’s comparable course may be substituted. Lancaster Theological Seminary and Evangelical Seminary Boundary Training classes are also now approved as BSE courses. Learn More about the Sexual Ethics Workshop Requirements for Clergy.

Sexual Ethics Workshops Schedule
Sat 15

Basic Sexual Ethics (July 15, 2017)

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat 29
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

Ordained & Licensed Ministry News