What is the Candidacy Summit?
The Candidacy Summit is an event for considering or admitted candidates for ministry in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church (VAUMC). The Summit provides opportunities for vocational discernment, a Strengthsfinders assessment, connection with others who are exploring God's call in their lives, and deeper understanding about the VAUMC journey towards certified, licensed and ordained ministry.
Who can attend?
You must be a high school graduate, and 18-years of age, to participate. Participation in one Candidacy Summit is required before one can become a certified candidate for ministry in the VAUMC.
When are the Summits?
Two Candidacy Summits are offered each year: one in January and one in July.
What is the duration of the Summit?
This professional development event begins on Friday morning with discussion and activities running into the early evening. The Summit concludes mid-day on Saturday. A more detailed, sample schedule can be found at www.vaumc.org/CandidacySummit
As part of the application process, you will need to upload a personal statement (1-3 paragraphs) of your experience & calling in the local church or ministry setting that you are currently involved with. The statement may be saved as a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .pdf format. Please take the time to compose and save this statement before continuing.
Registration is $25.00 for the virtual summit in January or $75.00 for the in-person summit in July, which will include meals and overnight lodging at Randolph Macon.
We recommend you save or print the registration page, for your records. Your registration will not be complete until we receive your check for payment. Mail checks to the Virginia United Methodist COnference ATTN: Clergy Excellence, PO Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058