Candidacy Retreat
Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00 PM to Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM

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12004 190th Street
Monticello, IA 52310

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Candidates for ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference  have the opportunity to participate in a candidacy retreat as part of the updated candidacy process. Retreats will be held in August and January annually with the next event scheduled for August 2 and 3, 2019, at Pictured Rocks UM Camp. All candidates who enter the process as of January 1, 2018, will be required to attend though any candidate in process is welcome, regardless of when they began their candidacy journey.
While at the retreat, candidates will be served by clergy members of the Iowa Annual Conference who will assist them with many of the first steps of the process, including filling out all required forms, and fulfilling the requirements of the first three of six meetings with their candidacy mentor/group. The retreat will also feature worship with candidates and retreat facilitators. 

Registration Information

Online registration for the candidacy retreat is available here. Candidates should register as early as possible, no later than July 22.
There is a fee of $65 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
Per the updated process, the following steps are required before attending the candidacy retreat:
Step 1: Inquiring Phase
  • Contact the pastor of your local church or campus ministry, another elder or deacon, or the District Superintendent (DS); read and discuss The Christian as Minister.
  • With your pastor, or designated elder/deacon, put into writing a first draft of your statement of call. Submit this call story to the DS and request an introductory meeting with the DS for the purpose of admission to the candidacy process. Copy Lisa Steel, Director of Ministerial Services, at
  • Introductory meeting with SPPRC or equivalent encouraged to discuss initial sense of call.
  • Apply to attend candidacy retreat.
Please contact Ann Trimble-Ray at with questions.