An account of our stewardship: assessing Christian character from a Wesleyan perspective in ministry candidates in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church
Joseph T Burkhardt
The purpose of this project was to discover the extent to which the interview process of District Committees on Ordained Ministry (dCOMs) in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church integrates historical Wesleyan marks of Christian character in the assessment of ministry candidates. The project design was to distribute an online survey to all East Ohio Conference dCOM members in February 2015. The project revealed that dCOMs regularly inquire of ministry candidates about their experience of conversion, and tend to prefer more subjective expressions of personal faith journeys over more traditional Wesleyan understandings of justification.