This application procedure is a collaborative process between the applicant, project, annual conference and the General Board of Global Ministries. Once the application is received, it requires at least two months for the completion of process and approval.
- Inquire about wanting to be a Church and Community Worker to the Office of Church and Community Ministry.
- Submit application form, references, skills sheet, transcript, and life sketch for initial screening to your Annual Conference Committee Mission Personnel.
- Interview with a committee of Global Ministries’ staff, if application is approved.
- Receive training and project assignment, and then be commissioned. (See below about project assignment)
- Application is reviewed by a committee of Global Ministries’ staff.
- Applicant is interviewed by the staff committee.
- Recommendations are submitted to receive final approvals.
- Approved applicants will be commissioned mission personnel after they have received approved training and assigned to a project. (See below about project assignment)
- Before an appointment is confirmed, an interview with the leadership in the local ministry project takes place.
- Appointments will be made only to those projects previously approved by the Office of Church and Community Ministry.
- The first year of service is probationary.
- An annual review is done by the local project and the Conference Committee on Church and Community Ministry and in close consultation with the Office of Church and Community Ministry.
- Changes in appointment can be arranged in consultation with the Office of Church and Community Ministry.
- Church and Community Workers are normally placed in a project for 6-10 years and then continuation of placement will be based upon the goals, plans and evaluation of the project and worker. As itinerancy is an important principle in United Methodist ministry and connection, Church and Community Workers are expected to itinerate.