The Virginia Synod Candidacy Committee strongly desires a 13-month relationship with a candidate prior to their entering seminary. While the Vocations Conference is the proper beginning place for a person planning to attend seminary thirteen months later. The official discernment takes place in that 13-month time between the pastor and the candidate.
The Virginia Synod Vocations Conference allows persons who are wondering what professional ministry in the church is like to spend [time] with those who have experience within the church. It provides time for inspiration through worship. It allows time for reflection, conversations, and questions concerning one’s call and gifts for ministry through ample opportunities for fellowship and free time. This conference allows persons who are wondering what professional ministry in the church is like to spend with those who have experience within the church. It provides a retreat setting for helping individuals discern their gifts for ministry. The conference is also a reunion time for seminarians with the Candidacy Committee. Yet anyone discerning a call to rostered ministry is encouraged to attend the conference – the sooner in your discernment, the better equipped you will be to prayerfully consider how God is calling you to use your faith gifts through your vocational call. This is why we extend the invitation to those who are discerning a call to full-time ministry in the church and to their pastor.