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Preparation for Ministry

Forms for annual consultations

 

These are used to prepare for and report the outcomes of a consultation. The same forms are used in the inquiry and candidacy phases as well as for consultations once a candidate has been “certified to ready to be examined for ordination, pending a call.”

You may access the PDF version of each form simply by clicking on the specific form designation. Once you begin completing a form, you should use “Save as …” to create a new file, keeping in mind that these forms will need to be completed for each year the person is in the preparation for ministry process (e.g., “Name2010Form3.pdf”).

Form 3          “Pre-consultation report on development areas”
This report, completed by the inquirer/candidate before each consultation, evaluates progress in accomplishing previously agreed-upon goals and objectives. The form requests a listing of completed courses, and includes specific questions to be addressed in each of the five growth areas.

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Form 4          “Report on Consultation”
A summary report of the consultation, completed by the committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry and the inquirer/candidate, that indicates developmental progress in the five key areas along with growth objectives agreed to for the next year. The completed report is sent to the inquirer/candidate, theological institution, and sponsoring session.

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  1. Whether completing or viewing the "fillable" PDF forms, you must be using the actual Adobe Acrobat Reader program/application (version 9 or later). The Acrobat Reader for mobile devices (like the iPad) will show the information entered into the fields, but other "preview" or PDF viewers may not.

    by Tim Cargal

    November 14, 2013

     

  2. FYI, I didn't have trouble filling in or saving the forms, but apparently it is important to open the forms on an actual computer. Two members of my committee were trying to view the form on mobile devices and wondered why I had sent them a blank form.

    by Linda Lotspeich

    November 13, 2013

     

  3. When completing the fillable PDF forms, you must use the Adobe Acrobat Reader program (version 9 or later). Other PDF programs do not support the ability to save the completed form along with the information entered in the fields. A link to the Adobe site where you can download Acrobat Reader for free is available on the top-level page for the preparation forms (along with more information about this issue).

    by Tim Cargal

    November 7, 2013

     

  4. So, I saved as a million times, and it never works. Is there not a Word doc? I've filled this out twice now and it fails. Any advice from people who have had success? I have the newest Windows and I just can't save at all.

    by Holly

    November 7, 2013

     

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