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Preparation for Ministry

Preparation for Ministry

Revisions to the 2011-2013 'Advisory Handbook' on Preparing for Ministry

Two sections in the “Walking the Road Together” chapter of the Handbook have been revised in response to an updated "Advisory Opinion" on ordination standards and in order to provide guidance in working with immigrant inquirers and candidates.  The handbook provides moderators, presbytery staff, and applicants with an overview of the process and resources, its intentions and goals. The handbook is available as a free downloadable resource in PDF format.  The latest revision is identifiable by the date "March 2013" on the cover page and "Release 1.4" on the copyright page.


Discerning Your Call and Your Gifts For Ministry of Word and Sacrament

This is a rewrite of "Discerning Your Call and Your Gifts for Ministry." This pamphlet is used to explore one's gifts & talents to further explore and possibly pursue the ministry profession.


Gifted by the Flame - Professional Church Vocations

This is an updated version of "Call to Presbyterian Professional Church Mission" — Allows one to choose different paths in the ministry profession, as well as to explore different areas of vocational interest.


Addressing Seminarian Debt

This is a great video for anyone considering seminary or in seminary to consider as they plan financially.

Go to Lee Hinson-Hasty's blog to see the video.


Within the ministry of the whole people of God, persons may be called to perform specific functions that are important to the life of particular communities of faith. 

Read more of this article by Joseph D. Small.

News & Statements

  • GA special committee examining ministry preparation process releases interim report - Korean

    November 14, 2013

    목회 준비 과정을 검토하는 총회 특별 위원회가 중간 발표를 하다

    2013년 11월 5일

    총회 사무국(OGA)

    토야 리차드(Toya Richards)

    커뮤니케이션 부서 디렉터


    미국 장로교의 목회 준비 과정—목사 고시를 포함--을 검토하는 총회 특별 위원회가 중간 보고를 했다.

    특별 위원회는 내년 여름 디트로이트에서 열리는 제 221차 미국 장로교 총회에 최종 보고서를 제출하기 전에 그것을 완성하기 위해 사용할 수 있는 생각들과 제안들을 많은 교회들이 제공해 주기를 기대하고 있다.  최종 보고서는 2014년 2월 14일까지 완성되어야 한다.

    목회 준비 과정과 표준 목사 고시를 검토하는 특별위원회의 위원장인 다이아나 바버(Diana Barber)는 “특별 위원회는  2012년 12월부터 본격적으로 일을 해왔으며, 검토의 대상이 되는 이슈들에 ...

  • GA special committee examining ministry preparation process releases interim report

    • November 5, 2013
    • Toya Richards

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But if the Bible says anything clearly, it says this: God calls us: calls us to do whatever God has in mind; calls us to set a great many other things aside and follow God's bidding.

— James O. Chatham from Is It I, Lord? Discerning God's Call to be a Pastor (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002)