UMC Doctrinal Exam for the BOM

Doctrinal Examination

(per Para. 324.9 of the 2012 Book of Discipline)

In this doctrinal examination, you will have an opportunity to explain your theology and vocation, practice of ministry, and understanding of the Christian life. The nature of this examination is described in full in Para. 324.9 of the 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. Limit your answers to no more than 20 total pages. The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference has particularly affirmed the importance of paragraph 104 in the 2012 Book of Discipline.

So, I promised a friend that I would put this out into the world. My theological papers from my Board of Ordained Ministry process. I finished them up and emailed them to the board in January of 2014 and had to talk about them in March. The Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church commissioned me as provisional elder in June of 2014 and look forward to ordination in 2017 if all goes well!

I have read one question a month over the last few months to my friend, she is 98 years old, and lived a life dedicated to ministry…her husband was an ordained United Methodist pastor, together they traveled the world bringing Christianity everywhere they went. My theological statements spark beautiful conversations between the two of us. She often tells me that she hasn’t heard Christianity put this way before and she made me promise to publish them. So, here is my take on “publishing” my work. I will update weekly, if you want the full paper, please email me and I will be more than happy to send it to you.

For those of you that are writing your work now: As a creative person I know that putting thoughts and feelings down on paper is challenging and often overwhelming. I took the time to draw my thoughts before writing about them which was very helpful. (I bought an art journal just for this purpose). As challenging as it was, every second I spent on this was worth it. I use this every day in my ministry. Don’t skip the process. Reading other people’s work was unbelievable helpful as I tried to put my thoughts on paper, I urge you to explore other people’s thoughts and ideas…but don’t sell yourself short by copying others work. That being said, I don’t feel as if this is “mine” to keep. I am putting it out there, letting it go into the world to do what it needs to do. Use what you need to use, just make sure it is truly yours.

God’s Grace,


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