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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

    November 5, 2013

    The General Assembly special committee tasked with examining the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s process for preparing ministers, including ordination exams, has released its interim report.

    Now it would like the church at-large to weigh in, offering up thoughts and suggestions the committee can use to perfect the draft recommendations before submitting them to the 221st General Assembly (2014) next summer in Detroit. The final report must be completed by Feb. 14, 2014.

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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)