Board of Ordained Ministry Candidacy Summit


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A voice cries out:  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

 Isaiah 40:3-5

 “Candidacy” is part of a lifelong spiritual journey of discerning God’s callings in our lives.  The “Summit” is a time for you to pause, gather on a hilltop with other travelers and people who have travelled these roads before you, and overlook the different routes to which God may be calling you.

As God prepared the way for God’s exiled people to return to Jerusalem, and as John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus to proclaim the Gospel, so representatives of the Texas Annual Conference, Center for Clergy Excellence, and Board of Ordained Ministry are working to prepare the way for the Gospel to be proclaimed today by walking before and with you on this “road” we call “candidacy”.  We created the Candidacy Summit to offer accurate information about the entire candidacy process and opportunities for serious discernment.  We’re here to support and encourage you at this point in your journey. 

During the Summit, you’ll meet for a total of six hours with your Exploring Mentor and a group of seven to ten exploring candidates.  After the Summit, you will continue to meet with your Mentor and group to work through the steps listed on the yellow “Exploring Candidate Road Map” included in the binder.  If you have additional questions or concerns after the Summit, please contact your Exploring Mentor, Exploring Mentor Chair Nathan Hodge, your District office, or the Center for Clergy Excellence.    

May God richly bless us, our continuing discernment journeys, and our time together!

Candidacy Summit Flyer

Candidacy Summit Application

Simple guide for Candidacy Form

Simple Guide to Candidacy Stages and Mentors

If you have any questions, please contact the Candidacy Manager, Deann Saxton, at or (713) 521-9383  Extension 306