Becoming a minister

I believe I’m called to be a minister. What do I need to do?

Becoming a minister

When people of faith believe that they have received a call to be ordained to the Ministry of word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), the Presbyterian Church has a process to work with you and your congregation to prepare you for this ordained office.

The process in the preparation for ministry involves two phases: Inquiry and Candidacy. The inquiry phase is for you and your church to explore your call together with the Presbytery’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) to determine your suitability for ordination through spiritual development, guidance, goals, and consultations. After the presbytery approves you to enter the Candidacy stage, you continue to work with CPM to become certified ready to receive a call. More about this later.

Perhaps the most overwhelming part of the entire process is filling out so many papers; so many conversations; and so many steps to take in the process. Once you become an Inquirer, you’ll have the share support, encouragement, reminders and help you need.

It’s also important to note the the Book of Order requires you to be an active member of a church in Grace Presbytery at least six months before applying to become an Inquirer.

So are you ready to begin the journey? Click here.