WORD AND SACRAMENT
- No candidate aged 50 or beyond in the year of acceptance will be accepted.
- Conference 2015 resolved that the Non-Itinerant category of the ordained ministry be discontinued in its current form and no new candidate will be received.
- Candidates accepted by Conference will attend the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary full time for at least 3 years.
- Complete no less than 2 years of Probation in circuit after Seminary before Ordination.
In order to be a CANDIDATE FOR THE MINISTRY OF WORD AND SACRAMENT one needs to:
- Be a practicing Christian, committed to Jesus Christ
- Feel a clear call to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament
- Be a member in full standing of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa for at least 2 years
- BE A FULLY ACCREDITED LOCAL PREACHER in order to be nominated
- Hold a COMPLETED Higher Certificate in Theology or Ministry (120 credits, NQF 5) from TEEC or a HED registered Institution) with Proclamation as an elective and Wesley Studies with EMMU
- A COMPLETED Higher Certificate in Theology (120 credits, NQF 5) from SMMS
- Have completed required credits at Diploma or Degree level with a HED registered Institution with Proclamation as an elective and Wesley Studies with EMMU
- Have attended District School of Vocation for a minimum period of 1 year
The MCSA requires the following academic courses from TEE College.
Please note: Candidates must have completed these courses before being nominated.
- Engaging with people pastorally and ethically (7002)
- Growing spiritually, thinking theologically (7003)
- Interpreting Texts. (7004)
- Exploring our Christian Foundation (7155)
- Proclaiming our Faith (7372)
- Wesley Studies with EMMU
DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGY
- Getting to know the Bible (85100)
- Church History 1 (85230)
- Systematic Theology 1 (85240)
- Spirituality 1 (85250)
- Ethics 1 (85260)
- Practical Theology 1 (85270)
- Proclaiming our Faith (86378)
- Wesley Studies with EMMU
ORDAINED MINISTERS WISHING TO TRANSFER FROM OTHER CHURCHES
- All applicants for transfer must be able to serve the MCSA for at least ten years, including their years of training as MINISTERS on TRIAL
- No application will be considered of people above 65 years of age, who apply to be considered Supernumeraries in the MCSA.
- The applicant`s denomination must be part of the traditional mission churches.
- Bishops send the names of applicants to EMMU no later than 31st July.
- The EMMU will send to the applicant the necessary forms to be completed and submitted to EMMU no later than 31st October.
All other procedures and requirements are the same as for candidates for Word and Sacrament and Word and Service
Successful applications for transfer are required to complete a minimum of two years but not more than 4 years on trial and have to complete and participate in all aspects of probationer training.
CANDIDATING FOR THE MINISTRY OF WORD AND SERVICE.
This applies to both Word and Sacrament & Word and Service
- The Circuit Quarterly Meeting recommendation shall be in accordance with the provided Circuit Quarterly Meeting guide AND the Superintendentís evaluation report. Both these documents can be downloaded from this website or obtained from EMMU.
- “INTENTION TO NOMINATE A CANDIDATE” (can be downloaded from this website or obtainable from EMMU) must be submitted by Superintendent Ministers to reach EMMU before 31 July.
- CANDIDATES’ FORMS
These documents must be submitted to EMMU not later than 31st October. Documents received after this date will not be considered.
- Theological competency and academic ability will be assessed in the form of a written examination and will include some language and academic components to be assessed by both EMMU and SMMS.
- Vocational Readiness assessed through screening done by a panel that comprises nominated individuals appointed by the District Bishop. Successful applicants appear before their Synods to give testimony. The Synod recommends acceptance to EMMU General Committee and Connexional Executive. Connexional Executive to approve the acceptance based on the recommendation from Synods and EMMU General Committee.