The Ordination Journey

The Oregon Free Methodist Church (FMC) Ministerial Education & Guidance (MEG) Board is committed to assisting individuals in discovering, developing and living out God’s call on their lives.  This commitment is an ongoing process and one that is honed for greater clarity and effectiveness each year.

Other References & Resources

The Ministerial Development & Credentialing Process


Please NOTE:  Green title links + images below will open digital documents. 

Some are for reference and others require completion by the candidate or his/her mentor.  Forms are fill-able.  Download to complete each on your device then submit as instructed. 

Need guidance? 

MEG Board Chair, Kelly Cohoe, 

walks you through the process here.  

What is required of someone seeking Elder ordination in the FMC?
This document outlines 15 attributes that align with healthy, effective, long-term ministry in the FMC. (Developed by FMC-USA Ministerial Development & Credentialing .)
Ministerial Development Process Guide
This guide walks a candidate through the 3 stages of requirements and expectations within the ministerial development process. 
During this process, the Oregon MEG Admin provides support to ensure that a candidate's completed items are correctly archived for denominational recognition.

Access Each Stage Here

Ordination Brochure.PNG

Click to access this current booklet of the
Free Methdosit USA 

Ministerial Credentialing Dept.

Application/Registration Form
This form is required in Stage 1 above and is the online application/registration required by the Oregon MEG Board and denomination.   Its function is to:  

1)  Initiate communication with the Oregon MEG Board

2)  Establish a candidate’s personal portfolio

Personal (Yearly) Formation Plan

  • ExampleUsed by the LMC as a guide to create a personal formation plan.  

  • Fillable Form:  Used in an expanded format for the yearly progress and care of both CMCs & Elders.  (Download first, to complete and submit.)

Ministerial Process Overview ('Subway Map')This at-a-glance reference sketches the general process used for a candidate’s development and potential ordination in the Free Methodist Church.


Where to Learn More
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Courses in the Oregon FMC: 

The Oregon Conference offers online, hybrid and cohort classes beginning each fall.  Current options are below.  Please contact the MEG Admin ( for information regarding registration, course dates and locations.  These dates are  confirmed in August with candidates, mentors & lead pastors. 

Online & Distance Learning:

Other FM Institutions:

Pacific NW Affiliated Institutions:

This is one of our affiliated educational institutions in Oregon and offers courses and scholarships to FM students preparing for ordination.

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