A provisional member is a commissioned and licensed clergy persons who is in the ordination process for either deacon or elder ordination. There is a maximum of eight years for provisional membership during which time there are certain credentialing and educational requirements that must be completed. Provisional membership ends either with withdrawal from the status or approval for full membership (elder or deacon). A provisional elder is guaranteed and appointment and s=considered itinerate. A provisional deacon follows the appointment process set out for full deacons.