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Board of Ordained Ministry

Board of Ordained Ministry

Your BOM Forms:

--> Pastoral Leave:

Long Term Leave Request: 
The following applications and form are related to a long-term renewal leave request. Applications are due June 1 for those who wish to take a long-term renewal leave after Dec. 1.
-   Long-Term Renewal Overview/Guidelines 
-   Long-term Renewal Application
-   Long-term Renewal Formational Plan
-   Pastoral Coverage Grant 

Short Term Leave Request: 
The Short-term Renewal Leave (Continuing Education and Spiritual Growth Leave BOD 350.2) is for clergy who are members in full connection of the Dakotas Annual Conference (Deacons, Elders, or Associate Members) and Local Pastors. Clergy are eligible to take a renewal leave to seek rest and renewal, educational opportunities, and/or spiritual growth of four weeks every four years. The time away is in addition to vacation time. There is no formal application. The pastor discusses the leave intention with the SPRC and/or Leadership Team. The pastor contacts the district superintendent to share and ensure support for the short-term renewal plan. The local church continues providing compensation and benefits during the pastor’s leave. The application is the same as for Pastoral Coverage Grant request (see link below). 
-   Pastoral Coverage Grant Request:
-   New Parent Leave Request:

--> Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Request: 

>> Please also check out our Clergy Development and Clergy Total Well-Being webpages for further resources.<<


Please contact the dean Annie Carlson for any questions.

-   Syllabi and coursework requirements published April 15
-   Online access available May 1
     (The online portion will need to be completed before June 23)
-   In-person classes start June 23 through 27
-   Location: Living Waters Retreat Center at LPC

Our faculty and Assignments:
Annie Carlson - Dean, Worship, Pastoral Self-Care
Dayne Zachrison - Assistant Dean, Discipleship
Scott McKirdy - Mission & Evangelism
John Anderson - Intro to the Bible, Preaching
Marilyn Spurrell - Pastoral Care
Duane Coates - Administration, United Methodism

Candidate Forums 2024 

Rev.  Sara McManus, the registrar for the Dakotas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, is the host of a forum for candidates for ministry. The last one was conducted in January 2024. Please check back to see when the next one is planned. 

If you are unsure of all the steps and what is next on your journey as a candidate for ministry or you know someone who might be a great candidate for ministry but you are not quite sure of all of the information they may need, please let the BOM registrar know:  Rev.  Sara McManus.

Current candidates can get all of the details for everything that needs to be submitted by September 1 by reading through the information below . Any questions, please use the link above to contact the BOM registrar.

Board of Ordained Ministry Information and Guidelines

The Board of Ordained Ministry is responsible for supporting persons who respond to God's call to professional ministry as an elder, deacon, licensed local pastor, or other certified and licensed ministry options.


Board of Ordained Ministry Leadership


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