Provisional Members

This page is designed to provide support for persons who have been elected into provisional membership in the Oregon-Idaho conference. As you move toward full membership and ordination, this list of requirements may be helpful.

You will have a variety of support resources for you along the way:

  • The BOM registrar for provisional members: Deb Payne will keep you informed about requirements, and is always happy to answer questions (email bom@umoi.org)
  • The BOM will assign a clergy mentor to you, sometime in the summer after you are elected into provisional membership. That person will walk with you as you journey toward full membership and ordination. If you have questions about your mentor assignment, contact the Board's Administrative Coordinator (bom@umoi.org).
  • You will also have a Fruitfulness Team, which consists of two or three BOM folks who will oversee your Fruitfulness Project (a required project that demonstrates fruitfulness in carrying out the church's mission of "Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World"). Your Fruitfulness Team leader will serve as a liaison between you and the Board. If you have questions about your fruitfulness team, contact bom@umoi.org.
  • As a provisional member, you will be expected to participate in the Residency in Ministry (RIM) program for two years. The Oregon-Idaho Board works with the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference BOM to coordinate RIM for the entire Greater Northwest Area. In RIM, you'll receive support both from your peers who are also traveling on this journey, as well as from experienced clergy who lead the group.
  • Questions about process, requirements, contact information, and just about anything else can be addressed by our BOM administrative coordinator, Laura Jaquith Bartlett.

As a provisional member, you will have annual requirements to complete and submit to the Board. Some of these will be tailored to your particular growing edges, as discerned by the BOM during your application and interview. There are also some basic requirements completed by all provisional members. Your requirements will be communicated to you by the Board registrar.

When you are ready to apply for full membership, be sure to contact the BOM registrar for deacons/elders. We recommend that you do this early! You will be sent the list of items you'll need to include in the application packet. Typically, the application deadline is December 1, but check with the Board early on to make sure the deadline has not changed (bom@umoi.org).