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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Board of Ordained Ministry

    The Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) has many responsibilities, as outlined in paragraph 635 of the 2012 Book of Discipline.

    BOM is the credentialing body for clergy seeking commissioning and ordination in the Upper New York Annual Conference. This board of nearly 50 members (lay and clergy, appointed by the Bishop) works in six broad areas: Standards and Qualifications (of ordination candidates); Clergy Status; Clergy Effectiveness; District Committee (dCOM) support and direction; Recruitment/Enlistment; and oversight of the Provisional Members program.

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    Click here for information for those considering ordination, licensing, associate membership, or transfer.

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    Key Contacts: Executive Team 2016-2017

    Co-Chairpersons: Matt Stengel,;  Rev. Sue Russell,

    Vice Chair: Stacy Taylor,

    Logistics/Meeting Arrangements: Donna Martin,

    Continuing Education Grants: Anne Cole,

    Board Secretary: Christine Doran,

    Registrar: Tom Pullyblank,

    Psychological Testing Coordinator: Glen T. Hardman,

    Pathways Administrator: Lee Carlson,

    Registrar of Candidates & Applications for Course of Study and Background Checks: Betsy O’Flynn,

    Standards & Qualifications: Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth,

    DCOM Coordination: Brian Fellows,

    Status Division Chair: Carmen Perry,

    Provisional Membership: Brooke Newell,

    Clergy Effectiveness: Bob Kolvik-Campbell,

    Recruitment & Enlistment: Lee Carlson and Crystal Martin, 

    Cabinet Representative: Sherri Rood,

    Order of Elders Chair: Bob Kolvik-Campbell, and Heather Williams, 

    Order of Deacons Co-Chairs: Sheila Price, and Dee Finch,

    Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members: Anne Cole,; Timothy Middleton,

    Upper New York Board of Ordained Ministry has organized to do its work in 6 Divisions with duties as follows:

    Clergy Status

    • handling concerns regarding Conference Relations
    • retirement; leaves
    • exits & readmissions

    Standards & Qualifications

    • oversee application and interview process and will follow-up with those seeking commissioning or ordination
    • requirements for status (checklist)
    • Registrars of Deacons & Elders

    Recruitment & Enlistment

    • coordinate with cabinet for seminary visitation
    • keep in contact with seminary students
    • promote Upper New York clergy careers
    • encourage theological education
    • manage scholarships, grants and loans

    DCOM Coordination

    • all matters of candidacy
    • licensing school
    • Course of Study program
    • trains candidacy mentors and clergy mentors
    • mentor for CLM/local hires, etc
    • includes Registrars of Local Pastors & Candidates

    Provisional Membership

    • develop & oversee Provisional Mentors
    • continued theological education
    • manage residency program(s)

    Clergy Effectiveness

    In 2014, the Board of Ordained Ministry adopted a statement of Our Clergy Covenant, addressing questions of effectiveness, ethics, and collegiality in our covenant-life as United Methodist clergy. Download the document here.

    • will develop standards for clergy effectiveness
    • work with the three orders--Deacons, Elders and Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members on matters pertaining to the Clergy Covenant: ethical standards
    • encourage continuing education and formation & career development
    • manage clergy care

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."