Committee on Preparation for Ministry Resources
The Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) seeks to guide you through the process of becoming a Teaching Elder in the PC(USA). You will need to follow this process and expect for the following items to be completed.
A Masters of Divinity degree from an approved Seminary including Greek and Hebrew, and courses in PC(USA) polity, reformed worship, and theology.
A year long internship with a church different from the one you may be working in.
A Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) consisting of 400 hours in a credentialed setting.
A psychological assessment.
Passing all five ordination exams
Be a member of a PC(USA) congregation in the San Diego Presbytery for at least 6 months prior to initiating this process.
FORMS USED IN THE PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY PROCESS
Form 1A (Application to be Enrolled as an Inquirer)
Form 1B (Questions for Reflection)
Form 1C (Financial Planning for Theological Education)
Form 2A (Report of Consultation Regarding Application to become an Inquirer)
Form 2B (Covenant Agreement and Inquirer Release)
Form 3 (Pre-consultation Report on Development Areas)
Form 4 (Report on Consultation)
Form 5A (Application to be Enrolled by Presbytery as a Candidate)
Form 5B (Session Evaluation and Recommendation Regarding Enrollment as a Candidate)
Form 5C (Report of Consultation Regarding Application to become a Candidate)
Form 5D (Covenant Agreement and Candidate Release)
Form 6 (Summary Report of Final Assessment of Candidate’s Readiness to be Examined for Ordination)
Form 7A (Changing an Inquirer’s or Candidate’s Relationship of Care with the Presbytery)
Form 7B (Report of Conclusion of an Inquirer’s or Candidate’s Work with this Presbytery)