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dCOM Handbook

dCOM Handbook PDF version  This handbook should assist the work of
the dCOM in providing continuity throughout the annual conference. Version for 2012-2016

Certified Candidate Forms

These forms are the responsibility of candidates for certification to complete and submit before meeting with the dCOM to be considered for certification.

Candidacy File Checklist This is a detailed guideline of steps that must be taken in order for a candidate to be certified.

Background Check This is the primary form used to complete the required background check.  This form must be submitted as one begins candidacy. Contact the district office for information regarding payment.

Disclosure Form This form must be notarized and submitted to the dCOM prior to approval for certification.

UMC Biographical Information Form This form must be completed and submitted to both the district office and the Ministerial Services office.

UMC Medical Report Form This form must be completed by both the candidate and his/her medical doctor. The completed form is to be submitted to the Ministerial Services office.

Commissioning and Ordination Candidate Forms

These forms are the responsibility of candidates for commissioning or ordination to complete and submit for consideration.

Background Check  Background checks are valid for four years. A current, valid background check must be completed before being considered for commissioning or ordination. This form should be sent to the Office of Ministerial Services, 7400 Floydsburg Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014. Cost: $70 to be submitted with authorization form.

UMC Medical Report Form  Medical reports are valid for three years. A current, valid medical report must be completed before being considered for commissioning or ordination. This form should be sent to the Office of Ministerial Services, 7400 Floydsburg Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014.

Basic Graduate Theological Studies Checklist  This form provides guidance in assuring that the candidate has completed the course work necessary to fulfill the Disciplinary requirements concerning required seminary courses. (In addition to these courses the KAC also requires candidates for Elder's orders to have 2 preaching courses and a basic unit of CPE)

Theological School Recommendation Form This form must be completed by those who are seeking probationary membership. 

Application for Change of Status  This form must be completed by those who are seeking to be commissioned or ordained at the next annual conference session. 

Guidelines for Paperwork All paperwork submitted for consideration must follow the guidelines listed here, unless otherwise directed.

Local Pastor Ministry Summary Form

This form is to be completed annually and submitted to the dCOM for consideration.

Ministry Summary Form in Word Format or PDF Format

dCOM Report Forms 

These are forms that should be completed by the dCOM registrar.

dCOM Annual Report FormThis report summarizes all the action taken by the dCOM which needs to be reported to the BOM registar for action at annual conference. Word Format or PDF Format

dCOM Individual Action Report  An action report form must be completed for every individual who meets with the dCOM and regarding whom some action is taken. A copy of this form should be submitted to the BOM registrar along with the dCOM Annual Report. Word Format or PDF Format

dCOM Information, Guidelines & Checklists

dCOM Candidate for Ministry Inquiry Tool  This tool is provided to help your committee engage in meaningful, discerning conversation with those who come to the dCOM as part of the candidacy process. Potential question/topics for discussion are included.

Basic Graduate Theological Studies Checklist  This form provides guidance in assuring that the candidate has completed the course work necessary to fulfill the Disciplinary requirements concerning required seminary courses. ( In addition to these courses the KAC also requires candidates for Elder's orders to have 2 preaching courses and a basic unit of CPE)

Candidacy Mentor Report to dCOM This form provides a format for communication by the candidacy mentor with the dCOM.

Candidacy Checklist  This form assists the candidate, the mentor and the dCOM in making certain that the candidate is on track and is meeting all the necessary requirements for certification.

Annual Renewal of Certified Candidacy Checklist This checklist provides guidance to the dCOM as to what is necessary to continue the status of certified candidate.

Annual Progress  The definition of what satisfies annual progress as set by the KAC Board of Ordained Ministry.

Certified Candidate/Local Pastor Guidelines  This explains those items which must be provided in order for a dCOM to consider a person from another annual conference.

Service Setting Guidelines  This sets forth the criteria used to determine the service setting required by the Discipline for those seeking candidacy.

Supply Pastor Expectations