GBHEM releases 2016 Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call

April 23, 2016

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry released a new Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call: Candidacy Guidebook on April 12.

Designed for group candidacy mentoring, this resource provides a more robust discussion of United Methodist beliefs, and defines the sharp distinction between the discernment the application processes. It includes a guide to assist mentors as they lead discussions and prepare mentor reports.

The guidebook features two new chapters, Health and Wholeness, and Financial Literacy to help candidates fully understand health considerations and educational expenses.

“Our hope with this new edition is that we have been responsive to conferences as they have developed a model for mentoring in candidacy groups as well as addressing some of the emerging needs of candidates regarding health and financial literacy,” says Rev. Meg Lassiat, editor of Answering the Call and Director of Candidacy, Mentoring, and Conference Relations for the Division of Ordained Ministry at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Candidates and conference representatives can order the new guidebook through UMCARES. An electronic version of the guidebook is currently available. Candidates who have begun using the 2009 Guidebook, Fulfilling God’s Call, may complete that edition rather than changing books midstream.  

For additional information, please contact the Candidacy Office at

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