Feel Called to Ministry?

All Christians are called by God, through their baptism, to be in ministry in the world. But ministry takes many forms. Some feel called to vocational ministry while others serve the church as active lay people.

Is God calling you to some form of ministry in the Minnesota Conference? Look below for the types of ministry paths available. Explore what path your calling might take you on, and find the first steps to get started!

Summer internship for college students: The ELI Project

The Exploring Leadership Internship (ELI) Project is a Minnesota Conference internship program for college students exploring a call to vocational ministry. Up to 10 college students are selected each summer, and each intern spends eight weeks at a host church or organization. You will gain experience in a wide variety of ministerial contexts and find the space and tools you need to discern God’s call.

Clergy leadership: Is licensed or ordained ministry right for you?

Explore whether a career as an elder, deacon, or licensed local pastor in the Minnesota Conference is God’s call for you. And learn about the many benefits and ministry opportunities that come with choosing to serve in Minnesota!

Professional ministry: elder, deacon, licensed local pastor

If you feel called to professional ministry in The United Methodist Church, explore what it means to serve as an elder, deacon, or licensed local pastor. Or if you are already ordained in another denomination and would like to inquire about ministry in the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church, start here.

Lay ministry: certified lay servant, certified lay speaker, certified lay minister

Through baptism, we are each called to serve God and others. Lay people might be called to serve through a secular career, their role in their family, or as a lay staff person or volunteer in their congregation, district, or conference. Learn about lay servant ministry opportunities within the Minnesota Conference.

Still have questions?

Feel free to contact Conference Registrar Janet Beard (janet.beard@minnesotaumc.org or 612-230-6156). She would be delighted to answer your questions or help guide you on the first steps of your journey into ministry.

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