United Methodist Elder

The Office of the Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church

Students preparing for ordination as elder enroll in the Master of Divinity degree. The United Methodist Church requires that they complete courses in United Methodist history, polity, doctrine and evangelism.

Iliff courses that meet United Methodist requirements are:

  • U. M. Polity for Leadership (4.credits)
  • United Methodist Doctrine (4 credits)
  • United Methodist History (4 credits)
  • Mission and Evangelism in Contemporary Contexts (4 credits)

Annual conferences may also ask for additional requirements including Clinical Pastoral Education.