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Explore Your Call

Is God calling you to ministry in a church? Don’t know where to start—please feel free to contact the Office of Leadership by e-mail or phone.

If you feel the nudge to licensed or ordained ministry contact the pastor of your local church, another elder or deacon, or the district superintendent of the district in which your United Methodist church is located to ask about the candidacy process.

As people begin considering the candidacy process they are encouraged to use resources:

Samuel Project

Elisha Internship

Reading resources


Exploration is a three-day event being held every other year for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God's call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. 


Office of Leadership Development
PO Box 460
Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 996-6552
or e-mail Deb Kjerstad: