The district committee on ordained ministry shall be amenable to the annual conference through the board of ordained ministry. The conference board of ordained ministry shall provide orientation for new members, including education regarding the ministry and roles of all clergy and distribution of any available written guidelines.
The DCOM shall maintain a list of all persons who have declared their candidacy for licensed or ordained ministry and are pursuing candidacy studies under a trained candidacy mentor.
The DCOM shall offer counsel to candidates regarding pre-theological studies.
The DCOM shall supervise all matters dealing with candidacy for the ordained ministry and with the license for local pastor.
The DCOM shall maintain a service record and file on every local pastor and candidate for the ordained ministry until the individual becomes an associate provisional member of the annual conference, at which time a copy of the files shall be forwarded to the registrar of the board of ordained ministry.
The DCOM shall recommend to the board of ordained ministry those persons who qualify for associate and provisional membership, for license or continuance as local pastors, and for restoration of credentials. All persons shall have been current members of The United Methodist Church for at least one year immediately preceding certification, shall have been recommended by their charge conference, and shall, in the judgment of the committee, show evidence that their gifts, evidence of God’s grace, and usefulness warrant such recommendation.
The DCOM shall examine all persons who apply in writing for certification or renewal of certificate. Where there is evidence that their gifts, evidence of God’s grace, and usefulness warrant and that they are qualified under ¶¶ 340-344, and recommendation of their charge conference or the conference board of ordained ministry, the committee shall issue or renew their certificate.
The DCOM shall assist the conference board of ordained ministry in providing support services for all clergy under appointment within the district.
Louisiana Conference District Committee on Ordained Ministry