Additional Contacts

Conference Relations
For information concerning changes in conference relationship (retirement, leaves, honorable location), also annual extension ministry reports

Deadlines for changing conference relationship (requests must be in writing): 
Retirement
358.  (120 days before effective) - if effective July 1, then request deadline is March 1.
Send written request to the Bishop and District Superintendent, with copies to the Conference Relations co-chairs (see above) and the Conference Benefits Office (Deborah Gagnon, Human Resources and Benefits Manager, dgagnon@neumc.org or (978) 682-7676 ext 121.) 
 
Voluntary Leave of Absence
354 (personal, family, or transitional).  (90 days before Annual Conference, except transitional) - March 15.
Send written request to the Conference Relations co-chairs (see above) with copies to the Bishop and the District Superintendent.  Request to end voluntary leave (except transitional) must be in writing at least 6 months prior to Annual Conference.
 
Sabbatical Leave
352.  (6 months prior to Annual Conference)
Send written request to the Conference Relations co-chairs (see above) with copies to the Bishop and the District Superintendent.
 
Complete information on other changes to Conference relationship can be found here:
  • involuntary leave - 355
  • maternity/paternity leave - 356
  • medical leave - 357
  • involuntary retirement - 358.3
  • honorable location -359
  • withdrawal - 361
  • re-admission - 365-369
  • less than full-time service - ¶338.2
 
Conference Relations Forms
 
UMCARES
For information on the GBHEM candidacy website, UMCares, please contact bomregistrar@yahoo.com
 

LOCAL PASTOR EDUCATION

For information concerning Licensing School and Course of Study (registration and financial aid)

Licensing School Registrar: 
Deborah Venator, bomregistrar@yahoo.com
(603) 892-0359
 
The 2017 Local Pastor Licensing School dates have not yet been determined.
Contact bomregistrar@yahoo.com with questions.
 
New Pastor Orientation (NPO)
If at least 1/3 of a seminary degree has been completed, the licensing school requirement is fulfilled by attending New Pastor Orientation (instead of Local Pastor Licensing School). If you have already completed Local Pastor Licensing School, you do not need to attend the NPO.
New Pastor Orientation will be held in late May or June each year.
 
The 2017 New Pastor Orientation Dates and Registration Form will be posted here by mid-March, 2017.
Contact bomregistrar@yahoo.com or (603) 892-0359, for further information.
 
Local Pastor Registrar:
A new registrar will be named shortly, in the interim please contact the BOM Registrar with any questions (bomregistrar@yahoo.com).

The local pastor registrar's signature is required to register for Course of Study.
Scholarships for Course of Study are limited to $250 per course, 2 courses per year (total of $500 per year).
 

Deacons/Diaconal Ministry/Certification in Specialized Ministries

For information concerning the Order of Deacon and Specialized Ministries
Contact:
Rev. Elizabeth Kubota
84 Fitzpatrick Road
Grafton, MA  01519
(508) 839-3789
 
Certification in Specialized Ministries - in the areas of Camp/Retreat, Christian Education, Evangelism, Music Ministry, Spiritual Formation, Older Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry
 
Continuing Formation/Spiritual Growth/Pastoral Nurture
For information concerning scholarships, continuing education, maternity/paternity leave and release time
 
Rev. Rebecca Mincieli                                      
PO Box 696                                             
Falmouth, MA  02541                                        
(508) 548-3050
 

Maternity/Paternity Leave (356)

Inform District Superintendent, SPRC, Conference Relations co-chairs and Pastoral Nurture chair (see above) at least 90 days prior to beginning leave.

Maternity/Paternity Leave policy and form

Release Time Policy - currently being updated, please contact your District Superintendent 
Release Time Application - currently being updated, please contact your District Superintendent
                      
 
Applications for Scholarships and Grants
For persons enrolled in a graduate degree program in preparation for ordained ministry or some other form of full-time Christian service in the United Methodist Church.
 
MEF Grants
Short-term Grants: for any clergy under appointment in the New England Conference, to assist in providing funding for short-term continuing education programs or events
MDiv Grants: for certified candidates for ordained ministry who are in an MDiv or equivalent degree program
DMin Grants: for full or provisional members who have completed seminary, and diaconal ministers under appointment who are pursuing a graduate degree - DMin or equivalent
 
Continuing Education
Life-long learning is critical to continued effectiveness in ministry and includes both transformational learning and development of basic ministry skills.  The New England Conference Guidelines for Continuing Theological Education policy states that the following persons are required to receive a minimum of one (1) CEU per year and at least eight (8) CEUs per quadrennium:
  • Full-time local pastors who have completed the Course of Study
  • Elders under appointment
  • Deacons in full connection under appointment
  • Provisional members under appointment
  • Diaconal ministers under appointment
  • Associate members under appointment
  • Retired pastors under appointment

A CEU is defined as ten (10) contact hours (instructional session or its equivalent) under qualified leadership.  It is assumed that programs sponsored by an agency of the general church, jurisdiction, conference, district, ecumenical, or community service institution or covenant study groups will have qualified leadership.  Half (1/2) credits will be given for contact time between five (5) and ten (10) hours.

The Continuing Education Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry has compiled a list of Learning Experiences that support growth and development.

Continuing Education Credit Request Form - In order to receive CEU credits, this form should be taken to the event and filled out by the contact person for the event

Clergy Continuing Education (CEU) Record - This form is to be completed and reviewed with the District Superintendent annually.

CEU Event Planner Request Form - For a sponsor of an event who would like to offer CEUs to those attending.  Completed form should be returned at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the event to Rev. Rebecca Mincieli, PO Box 696, Falmouth, MA  02541, Pastorrebecca@comcast.net     

 

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includes information/links for:
Ministry Exploration Summit
Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) Info
Certification in Specialized Ministries
Links for Info on other Ministry Options
 

The Candidacy Process
Guidelines, Checklists, Applications & Forms for:

Certified Candidacy
Provisional Membership
Full Membership
Associate Membership
 
includes information/links for:
Theological Education Info
Candidacy Mentoring Resources
Board Policy
Provisional Leadership Academy
Annual Report Forms
Continuing Formation and Spiritual Growth Forms