¶ 422. Personnel-1. To work with pastors and diaconal ministers, committees on pastor-parish relations, and congregations in interpreting the meaning of ministry and in identifying and enlisting candidates of the highest quality for ordained ministry, with special concern for the inclusiveness of the Church with respect to gender, race, national origin, and disabilities; to encourage candidates to attend United Methodist seminaries in preparation for their leadership in the church.
2. To work with the district committee on ordained ministry in enabling a meaningful and appropriate examination of candidates into ordained ministry; to issue and renew licenses to preach when authorized (¶ 315); to keep careful records of all such candidates; to maintain regular communication with all candidates in order to advise and encourage them in spiritual and academic preparation for their ministry. The district superintendent shall not serve as chairperson of the district committee on ordained ministry.
3. To work with the bishop and cabinet in the process of appointment and assignment for ordained ministers.
4. To cooperate with the board of ordained ministry in its efforts to provide or arrange support services and liaison for pastors at times of changing conference relationships or termination (¶¶ 352-361, 362-363).