Do you sense God’s call to authorized ministry?  DPAM is composed of 12 clergy and lay members elected by the CSEOA to engage persons in a process of discernment listening and preparing for God’s call to authorized ministry.  The UCC recognizes 3 forms of authorized ministry:  Ordained, Commissioned, and Licensed.   Each Member in Discernment (MID) comes recommended by their congregation.  The In Discernment Manual, rev 7, Oct 2013 (here or see resources) describes the MID process which is a minimum of two years.  If you need specific information on this process, contact Jill Glass.  The Chair of DPAM is currently Jo Anne Nay.
As of January 12, 2017 there are 20 Members in Discernment from  11 congregations:  Columbus: Advent UCC,  First Congregational, First Community, Move, North Congregational UCC, St Johns;  Belpre, Radnor Congregational, Westerville Community UCC, and Zion Delaware.
Members of the Department of Preparation for Authorized Ministry:
Class of 2017
Rev. David Long-Higgins, David’ UCC, Canal Winchester; Secretary
Rev. Scott Schieber, Highwater Congregational UCC, Newark
Rev. Kay Albright, Bridges of Grace UCC, Charleston, WV
Ms.  Debbie Smetts,  Highwater Congregational UCC, Newark
Class of 2018
Rev. Nancy Livingston, First Congregational Columbus
Rev. Marilyn Marshall Goetz, Westerville Community UCC
Ms. Jackie Dean,  First Congregational Columbus
Ms. Barb Anderson,  Dublin Community UCC
Class of 2019
Ms. Jo Anne Nay,  North Congregational UCC Columbus
Ms. Judy Kuck,  Dublin Community UCC
Mr. Jeff Davis,  Grace Lancaster