Support for Candidates

Yorkshire Plus - Candidates Support Group

Are you considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church?

Would you like to work through this process with others sharing the same journey?

Would you appreciate information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way?

If so, the Candidates' Support Group is for you and you would be most welcome.

Prior to that, a Candidates' Information Evening will offer a detailed overview of the candidating process for those seriously considering candidating, for their spouses or closest supporters, along with their minister or superintendent. All would be welcome.

"I couldn't have done this without the support group. Thank you."
Candidate 2014/15

Candidates' Support Group

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Leeds Church Institute, 20 New Market St, Leeds LS1 6DG

Saturday 19 May 2018                  9.30am - 1.30pm

Saturday 16 June 2018                 10.00am - 3.00pm

Saturday 15 September 2018   10.00am - 3.00pm

Saturday 8 December 2018      10.00am - 3.00pm

Saturday 2 February 2019          10.00am - 3.00pm

For a conversation or to book a place, please contact:

The Revd Graham Jones (Ministry Development Officer) at: or 07799 902574
The Revd Sean Adair (Superintendent, Bolsover & Staveley) at: or 01246 823180


North East

Contact Tricia Mitchell with enquiries


Bristol and West Midlands - Exploring Ministry in the Methodist Church

A course to resource those preparing to candidate for ministry in the Methodist Church

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Lead Tutor:

The Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal
Ministry Development Officer,
Bristol & West Midlands Region
For further enquiries or to book a place, please email


East of England

The Candidates Support group for the East of England Region will take place from 10:30am-3:30pm on the following dates, venue to be determined once candidates are known. 

8 Sept 2018
13 Oct 2018
3 Nov 2018
2 Feb 2019

Venue TBC – contact Revd Chrissie Howe for further details


East Central

Contact Jane Bingham for details including venues.

7-8 July 2018 – Candidates weekend. 10.00am sat – 1pm sunday
Considering call and testimony, Methodism today, theological reflection and much more

22 Sept 2018  10.30 – 3.30
Methodist Theology
Ordained Ministry – diaconal and presbytral – what’s the difference, word and sacrament, being part of an order etc
Studying the bible

20 October 2018 10.30 – 3.30
Considering the set book, other books and interesting reading/reflections
Placements – reflections and impact

1 December 2018  10.30 – 3.30
Candidates committee – what to expect
Mock interviews and questions
Practicalities of what comes next


Southern and Islands Region

10:30am-1:30pm on the following Saturdays:

8 September 2018
13 October 2018
10 November 2018
12 January 2019
The venue will be agreed upon once the candidates are known.
Together we will discuss and consider call and testimony; Methodism and Methodist Theology; Ordained Ministry, both diaconal and presbyteral; and the set books.  We will reflect on the placements and their impact, and the practicalities of facing the committees.
For the 2019/2020 cycle there is likely to be a Candidates Support Day focussing on the Portfolio early in June and a Vocations Enquiry Day for those looking at employment within the church In mid-March.  These events and details are still to be confirmed, and there are likely to be changes, so please do look for updates.
Contact Revd Adrian Roux for further details

North West & Mann - 2017-18 Candidates Support Group 

The aim of the group is to provide information relating to the process of candidating and also to provide support through what can be a challenging year.

In each session we review where candidates are up to in terms of the process, especially as this changes during the course of the year. We also briefly share what we have been reading, specifically the recommended books or other things which we think others may find helpful. We refer frequently to the Candidating material and resources and, certainly in the earlier sessions to the requirements of CPD. In each session there is time for questions and discussion which means that sometimes those questions take priority over the set programme.

The Candidates Support Group is led by a team of five.

The Revd Dr Jasmine Devadason: a member of the NW Regional Training Team
The Revd Christine Dutton: a Circuit Methodist Minister and Postgraduate Tutor at the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield. Christine as served on the Connexional Candidates Committee
The Revd Dr Christine Jones: a retired Methodist minister with experience in Circuit, on the Connexional Candidates Committee and as a Methodist tutor.
The Revd Jackie Bellfield: Minister at Wirral Circuit.
The Revd Dr Andrew Pratt: with a passion for hymn writing, a retired Methodist minister with experience in Circuit and as a Methodist tutor.

Session 01:  17th June 2017 

We invite to our initial meeting the candidates partner or friend, and their superintendents and look at the process, the committees that will be attended and the requirements, including looking at placements and the Portfolio.
We also start to think about what it means to be called to a specific Order of Ministry.

Session 02: 23rd September 2017

Candidates are asked to share their call and reflect on why they feel called to a specific order of Ministry. In preparation for the portfolio we look at how to do a book review and provide some guidelines as to how to reflect on the Placement. We also spend time thinking about our relationships, to God, ourselves and others.  

Session 03: 28th October 2017: This session with the 'Endeavor' Group'

This session is led by the Revd Dr Andrew Pratt who spends the day looking at Methodist history, ethos and theology.  

Session 04: 2nd December 2017

This session is very close to the submission date for the portfolio and so some time will be spent thinking about responses to this. We look at vocation and what this means including using the Ministries Report presented to the 2016 Conference. We also explore what is meant by the means of grace and their significance for contemporary ministry. Finally we start to look at what will happen at the District Candidates Committee

Session 05: 6th January 2018

There are three main areas covered in this session: leadership, spirituality and reflecting theologically on local issues.

Session 06: 10th February 2018

A large part of this session is dedicated to thinking about what practically happens at the Connexional Committee, and responding to questions from Candidates. Finally we spend more time thinking about and practicing theological reflection.

For further details contact:

Jasmine Devadason:

Christine Jones: 

Christine Dutton: 

Jackie Bellfield:  

Andrew Pratt: 

Meeting place: Luther King House, Manchester

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