Credentialing Information and Forms

Starting in Fall 2022 the Great Plains Conference is using Passage UMC (, Passage for short, for all online credentialing processes. Checklists and forms for all forms of District Committee on Ordained Ministry and Board of Ordained Ministry credentialing are below. The credentialing candidate is responsible for completing/providing all items on their credentialing checklist unless the checklist indicates otherwise. This includes completion of forms/documents that may require input from or completion by other persons (such as a District Superintendent Report).


  • Unless otherwise indicated, completed documents should only be added to Passage UMC in PDF format.
  • Due to the challenging transition to Passage UMC, there are some modifications in credentialing requirements for 2022-2023. For example, while the SPRC/Leadership Assessment Report will continue to be required for the supervisory process with the District Superintendent, it will not be required for 2022-2023 credentialing.  Some of the modifications may become permanent.

Information about District Committee on Ordained Ministry and Board of Ordained Ministry credentialing work is included in the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOOM) Handbook.

Contact the conference registrar, Karen Jeffcoat,, for more information about the BOOM credentialing requirements.

Credentialing Checklist

  CLM Certified Lay Minister
  CLM Continued Certified Lay Minister
  CAND Certification as a candidate (may include a concurrent request for Approval for License as a Local Pastor)
  CAND Continued certification as a Candidate
  CAND Transfer of Candidacy from another Conference
  FL-PL Initial Approval for License as a Local Pastor
  FL-PL Continued Approval for License (not appointed)
  FL-PL Continued Approval for License (mentoring required)
  FL-PL Continued Approval for License (in Residency)
  FL-PL Continued Approval for License (no Mentoring)
  OF Initial Approval for a Clergy Member of a non-Methodist Denomination
  OF Continued Approval for OF Status (Completing UM Studies)
  PD-PE Provisional Membership
  PD-PE Continued Provisional Membership
  AM Associate Membership
  Full Membership and Ordination as a Deacon
  Full Membership and Ordination as an Elder



General Forms

Due to the delay in holding the 2020 General Conference, all documents/forms listed below are valid through the next General Conference.

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Background Check Forms
  2017-2020 Background Check Authorization - General
  2017-2020 Candidacy Background Check Authorization
Application and Personal Information Forms
  Certified Candidate Application-Personal Information
  Continued Candidate Application-Personal Information
  Certified Lay Minister Application-Personal Information
  Local Pastor Application-Personal Information
  Provisional Member Application-Personal Information
  Associate and Full Member Application-Personal Information
  Other non-Methodist Clergy Application-Personal Information
Certified Candidate Forms
  Statement of Call/Historical Questions
  Continuing Approval of the Charge Conference
  Initial Approval of the Charge Conference
  Declaration of Candidacy and PPRC Approval
Commissioning and Ordination
  Curriculum Evaluation General Information
  Curriculum Evaluation Comparison Worksheet
  Curriculum Evaluation Criteria (Narrative)
  Curriculum Evaluation Reflection
  Theological Questions for Provisional Membership
  Theological Questions for Associate Membership
  Theological Questions for Ordination as a Deacon and Full Membership
  Theological Questions for Ordination as an Elder and Full Membership
  Ordination Project General Information
  Ordination Project Proposal
  Ordination Project Reflection
  Instructions for Bible study plan
DS Report Forms
  District Superintendent Report - CLM
  District Superintendent Report - Effectiveness
  District Superintendent Report - Fitness
  District Superintendent Report - Readiness
Mentoring Report Forms
  Candidacy Summit Mentoring Report
  Mentor Report
Other Forms and Documents
  Safe Gatherings Verification
  2017-2020 Medical Report
  Notarized Disclosure Form
  OF Agreement with UM Discipline-Doctrine-Polity
  Sermon Evaluation Form
  Extension Ministry Application for Approval of Setting/Appointment
  Leave of Absence Annual Report
  Ministry Stages Flow Chart
  Sending Pastors Report – CLM