Center for Clergy and Laity Development

The Calling begins with just a whisper from the Spirit and grows through seasons of sudden joys and losses, through patches of uncertainty and adversity, through worries and distractions, into fruitful fields of abundance. Through the collaborative efforts of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Bishop’s Office, the Center for Clergy and Laity Development seeks to provide encouragement for those responding to the Call to Licensed and Ordained Ministry at every step along the way. We encourage a healthy Culture of Call within the conference, provide support for those navigating the process of Ordination at the Provisional and Full Member exams and License to Preach School and coordinate Continuing Education Efforts.

The Rev. John W. Nupp was appointed as the first Director in 2016. He holds an M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary, and has served congregations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference since 1994.

Read a commentary on God's call from Rev. Nupp.  

Background Check

The candidate will contact John Nupp at and provide their full legal name for a background check. John will send them an “invitation” link to Smart-Trak to complete the background check on-line at the cost of $42. Rev. Nupp provides the report to the DCOM chair for review.

Background Check form

Psychological Assessment Process

The candidate will contact John Nupp at to begin the psychological examination process. The candidate or his/her local church is responsible for payment of $600, made payable to the Conference Treasurer. The candidacy mentor will be trained to serve as proctor for the on-line assessments. Following one clinical interview with the candidate, the conference psychologist will provide their report to the DCOM chair (or designee) with recommendations for the candidate to follow in order to proceed. This feedback session must take place prior to the certification interview.

Ministerial Education Fund

Certified Candidate Status enables the Candidate to apply for financial assistance for their education through the Ministerial Education Fund (MEF). As of Fall Semester 2018, the reimbursement rates are as follows:

  • Course of Study or Advanced Course of Study = $300 per course.
  • Send verification of completion of your course to Local Pastor Registrar, Rev. Michael Beiber and allow one month for reimbursement.
  • Master’s-level Degree (or UM required courses) = $350 per credit hour.
  • MEF Application Packet and MEF renewal Packet

Details are contained in the application and renewal materials.

Ministry Field Guide

Clergy Care Corner

  1. The Employee Assistance Program offers several important benefits to clergy and their dependents, including 8 free sessions of counseling for those experiencing challenges or grief per concern. Learn more about the EAP from an interview with Rev. Cary James, Jr. and get contact information here.
  2. Looking for a Spiritual Director? The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders can be found here.

    Cathie Leimenstoll is a retired Elder from the Tennessee Conference and moved to Maryland seven years ago to be near family.  She will soon become a certified Spiritual Director in May.  At no charge, she is approved to begin meeting with people who are interested in spiritual direction.  Her commitment in this is to be a non-anxious companion with a person during a specific time in his/her spiritual journey, to pray with and for the person, to offer resources when appropriate, and to listen deeply to the individual and to the Holy Spirit who is ever-present when two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name.  It is a privilege to walk with one another as we seek a deeper relationship with the God we serve in all our life-situations.  
    If you would like more information about such an opportunity, email   and use the subject line Spiritual Direction.
  3. Would you like to recommend a resource for “Clergy Care Corner”? Please contact Pastor John W. Nupp, Executive Minister of Call and Clergy Care for the BWC by email or by calling the Center for Clergy and Laity Development at 240-581-9543.