Candidacy Retreat Registration - February, 1 2020

The candidacy retreat will be February 1, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Conference Center (2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50321)

Candidates for ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference  have the opportunity to participate in a candidacy retreat as part of their candidacy process. All candidates who enter the process as of January 1, 2018, are required to attend a candidacy retreat though any candidate in process is welcome, regardless of when they began their candidacy journey.

While at the retreat, candidates will explore and discern their calling, work on their candidacy statement, hear from a ministry panel, meet others at a similar stage of the process, connect with Board of Ordained Ministry members, as well as Conference staff. 

There is a fee of $25 to attend the candidacy retreat. Candidates who are unable to meet the financial expectations should appeal to their local churches for assistance. Limited scholarships are available through the Board of Ordained Ministry when other resources are not available. Application should be made through an email request sent to Director of Ministerial Services Lisa Steel at

Please contact Ann Trimble-Ray at with questions. 

*First Name
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Have you done the following things
Contacted your Pastor or Campus Minister, other Elder or Deacon or District Superintendent relating to your call/candidacy?
Read and discussed The Christian as Minister with the person you contacted?
WIth your Pastor, Campus Minister, other Elder or Deacon, or DS written your first draft of your Statement of Call?
Submitted your Statement of Call to your DS, requesting a meeting with them for the purpose of admission to the candidacy process?
Copied Lisa Steel, Director of Ministerial Services ( on the above?
Requested and held an introductory meeting with your Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (or equivalent) to discus your call and desire to enter candidacy?
Requested Charge Conference Approval? (this can occor before OR after the Candidacy Summit Retreat.)
Requested an introductory interview with your district Committee on Ordained Ministry?
Included your Statement of Call on this Application?
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*Registration Fee ($25)
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