Ordained clergy or provisional members of other UMC annual conferences may be appointed in the South Carolina Conference with consent and approval of their resident bishop and the UMCSC resident bishop. Appointments are made by the resident bishop of the conference in which the clergy person is to serve and may be terminated by the bishop.
Ordained clergy or provisional members of other Conferences who serve in the UMCSC retain membership in their home conference. As such, they are not members of the UMCSC and do not have security of appointment. With the recommendation from the Board of Ordained Ministry, clergy in such appointments are granted voice but not vote in the annual conference to which they are appointed. Membership on conference boards and agencies is restricted to the conference of which they are a member.
To apply to serve, ordained clergy or provisional members of other annual conferences should submit an Approval for Service Application. The form must include the names and contact information of four references, one of whom must be an immediate supervisor. Family members cannot be used as references.
• Reference Form (share link with your supervisor and three other references)
The UMCSC resident bishop may require prospective ordained clergy or provisional members of other annual conferences to be interviewed by and receive the recommendation from the UMCSC Approval for Service Committee.
If a prospective ordained clergy or provisional member of another annual conference is going to be appointed, they will be expected to:
• Consent to the release of information from their home conference to the UMCSC
• Submit a Notarized Criminal Background Statement and pay for a criminal background check
• Complete a Sexual Ethics and/or Safe Sanctuaries course prior to the first day of the South Carolina Annual Conference session before beginning the appointment. In the case of an ad-interim appointment, the course must be completed prior to beginning the appointment.
Approved to Serve
Approved ordained clergy or provisional members of other annual conferences will remain on the Approved to Serve list:
• While appointed
• For no longer than three consecutive years without an appointment
After three consecutive years without an appointment, the clergy person must resubmit their application and begin the process again.
If you are considering becoming a candidate for ordained ministry, or you are an ordained or licensed clergy from another Methodist denomination or another Christian denomination feeling called to serve in the South Carolina Conference, click the button below that best describes your credentials and situation for more information.