Ministers of Other Denominations

Requirements for Recognition of Orders for Ministers of Other Denominations (MOD)

A MOD may have their orders recognized for an appointment by the Bishop within the Oregon-Idaho conference after completing the following steps:

  • Submit ordination credentials to the MOD Registrar of the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) and the area District Superintendent (DS).
  • Provide written assurance of Christian faith and experiences by providing a biographical sketch, statement of theological belief, and a history of call to pastoral ministry.  All paperwork needs to be sent to the MOD Registrar on the Board of Ordained Ministry for completion of the process.
  • Release psychological reports if required (to be determined by the MOD Registrar and the Board's MAS liaison).  The Board of Ordained Ministry may require that a candidate submit the psychological evaluation information obtained by the original denomination’s ordination process.  
  • Complete the required Disclosure Form and have it notarized.  Submit this form along with a resume that includes professional and personal references and education information to the BOM MOD registrar.
  • Provide written evidence to show support of United Methodist doctrine, history, and polity.
  • Complete the Release for Criminal Background Check form and submit it to the BOM administrative coordinator.
  • Interview with the Board of Ordained Ministry interview committee.
  • A vote by the Clergy Session of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. Between conference sessions, the Board of Ordained Ministry may approve the MOD for appointment, pending the recognition of their orders.
  • More complete information is detailed in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, ¶346.2.



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