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Grace Presbytery » Becoming a Minister

Becoming a Minister

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

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 of 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 and continue to work with CPM to become certified and ready to receive a call.

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

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

Are you ready to begin the journey? Let us hear from you.

Staff Resources:

Rev. Elizabeth Callender, Director of Ministry Development, Grace Presbytery