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Candidacy for Ministry from Campus Ministry Settings (80300-MH-¶311)

Amend ¶311 as follows:
311. Candidacy for Licensed and Ordained Ministry--
Persons, upon hearing and heeding the call to servant leadership through licensed or ordained ministry, shall contact the pastor of their local church, their campus minister, another ordained deacon or elder, or their district superintendent to inquire about the process of candidacy. Persons are encouraged to use the resources The Christian as Minister and the Ministry Inquiry Process.
  
1. Those seeking to begin candidacy for licensed or ordained ministry:
a) shall have been a professing member in good standing of The United Methodist Church for at least two years immediately preceding the application for candidacy; including a year of service in some form of congregational leadership, either in that a local church, in a United Methodist related campus ministry unit, or one in a ministry agreed to by the district committee on ordained ministry, provided that in the case of an affiliate member, there has been a consultation with and approval by the charge conference of the home church;
b) shall apply to the ir  district superintendent in writing, in a letter describing their sense of call to licensed or ordained ministry, for admission to the candidacy program with a copy for the district committee on ordained ministry; and
c) shall be assigned ...
2. Those who have completed the process in § 1 and are ready to publicly declare themselves to be candidates for licensed or ordained ministry shall:
a) consult with their pastor and committee on pastor or staff-parish relations or their campus minister and the board of directors of the campus ministry unit after formulating a written statement reflecting their call to ministry and requesting recommendation for certification. The candidate shall be interviewed by the committee on his or her statement of call and Wesley's historic questions in ¶ 305 ; 310
b) be recommended by the charge conference or the board of directors of a campus ministry unit. To be valid, such a recommendation shall be: i) approved by written ballot by two-thirds of the charge conference or the board of directors of a campus ministry unit present at this meeting, provided that in the case of an affiliate member there has  
been a consultation with the pastor of the home church, and ii) the candidate shall have been graduated from an accredited high school or received a certificate of equivalency;
c) continue the candidacy studies for ordained ministry with a candidacy mentor.
  
3. Candidates who have completed the requirements of § 1-2 and desire to be certified as candidates for licensed or ordained ministry shall:
a) appear before ...
f) agree for the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the most effective witness of the gospel, and in consideration of their influence as clergy, to make a complete dedication of themselves to the highest ideals of the Christian life as set forth in ¶¶ 102-104; 160-166. To this end they shall agree to exercise responsible self-control by personal habits conducive to bodily health, mental and emotional maturity, fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness, social responsibility, and growth in grace and the knowledge and love of God.3  Where possible, the local church or campus ministry unit is encouraged to assist candidates with the expenses of candidacy.

Rationale

Students often make significant decisions of faith, vocational decisions, and commitments to denominations while in college. The process for entering candidacy into ordained ministry needs to reflect this. This legislation allows for campus ministry units to be the setting for leadership experience for candidates for ministry.