Methodist church candidating for ministry
I was always part of my local Methodist Church (St Helen’s in Ore village) and through my work there in Sunday School and Girls’ Brigade eventually felt a call to the ordained presbyteral ministry.After the thorough testing of the candidating process I trained on an ecumenical course with SEITE (South East Institute for Theological Education) for three years, part time.The first verse of Isaiah 61: ‘The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news…’ set him off on the path of local preaching and ultimately candidating for the ministry.In that journey, the words of the Rev Winston Graham were a great encouragement to him: ‘Alan, we are not called to do great things. It is God who does great things.’ The Rev Mark Durrell said that it only seemed like yesterday that he had prayed to God that he would make him the person that he wanted him to be.In 2006 I moved to the Medway Circuit in North Kent until where I have been for the past five years.I am also interested in the whole area of supporting people as a mentor and I help out as part of the District Candidates Committee and as one of the District Mentors for candidates portfolios. )I am now looking forward to the new challenges that God will bring in the South Kent Circuit: building a new circuit with a strong sense of unity, as Ashford and Folkestone circuits merge; integrating into and working with a new staff team and my first post as a Superintendent.
The words ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled’ had a particular resonance for him and he started reading his Bible.
Apply & inform If, after you have done all this, it seems right to go further in the connexional year in which you intend to candidate, please contact the Discernment and selection Office at Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR.
(Searching for candidating on the Methodist Church website - - will lead to current information on the process, including the selection criteria used, the timetable for the current year and a handbook for candidates.) Set up a support group Set up a group of people who will support you and act as a sounding board during this part of your journey.
Combined SI-EE-London Candidates' Support Day Central Hall 24 February 2018 Combined SI-EE-London Candidates' Portfolio Day Central Hall 9 June 2018.
On Sunday evening 18 June at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church in Belfast, four ministers participated in that defining moment of their journey when they became ordained presbyters of the Methodist Church in Ireland. The scene this year was set by the President of the British Conference, the Rev Dr Roger Walton, who examined the calling of a minister in a very thoughtful and challenging sermon.
Looking back, he knew he wouldn’t have had it any other way.