As a member of another denomination, continued appointment in Great Plains is solely depending on the appropriate bishops/judicatories.
OF clergy are required to complete the United Methodist studies classes (polity, history and doctrine) within the first two years of their appointment as part of the “agreement with and willingness to support and maintain United Methodist doctrine, discipline, and polity.” ¶347.2
The OF clergy will complete initial paperwork and an interview with the District Committee on Ordained Ministry within five months of the start of the appointment. The required paperwork includes a credentialing background check and psychological assessment. Until the UM studies classes are completed, the OF clergy will complete paperwork and interview annually with the District Committee on Ordained Ministry for recommendation of continuation of OF status.