Selection Process

Transition into Ministry program participants must apply to the TiM board for placement in the program, which is done by the Bishop and Cabinet. Review the critieria for TiM pastors, mentor pastors and congregations below:

TiM pastor selection

Potential TiM pastors will apply to the TiM Board before  Dec. 31, 2018. Application forms are available on the Application Forms page.

If you apply to TiM, your application will be processed once the following has been received:

  • Seminary transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Written responses to the examination for provisional membership (paragraph 324.9 in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012)
  • TiM application form

A personal interview will be conducted with finalists.

TiM mentor pastors and TiM congregation selection

Potential TiM mentor pastors and TiM congregations need to submit completed interest forms to the TiM board before Jan. 15, 2017.

If you indicate your interest to TiM as a congregation, with the agreement of the senior pastor, your completed interest form will be reviewed by your area cabinet and the TiM board and then processed. Interest forms are available for download on the application forms page.

TiM mentor pastor and TiM congregation preparation

Those congregations selected will establish a team including the senior pastor and a lay committee to engage in education and equipping to become a community of mutual learning. TiM congregations and TiM mentor pastors will receive training prior to the arrival of the TiM associate.


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