Those preparing for licensing and ordination in The United Methodist Church formally explore their call to ministry through a process of inquiry and candidacy as required in The Book of Discipline (¶310-314).
The process begins as a period of exploration and discernment, followed by the formal application and support of one's candidacy application by her or his local church and district. After a mentoring process and becoming officially certified by the district committee, candidates complete additional requirements set by their annual conference, including education and ongoing interviews with a district committee and conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
During this process, each candidate is evaluated on their personal, spiritual, academic, and professional qualifications for serving in ministry.
Sources: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz (Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press) and The Glossary of Candidacy Terms (www.gbhem.org).