Committee on Preparation for Ministry

CO-CHAIRS FOR 2018: TE Elaine Dreeben,, and TE Laura Walters,



The Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) is responsible for the care and supervision of candidates for Ministry of the Word per the Book of Order, and serves as an Administrative Commission of Presbytery for the purpose of: 1) transferring candidates for the ministry to other presbyteries, and 2) receiving candidates by transfer from other presbyteries for the purpose of accepting valid calls to ministry in Mission Presbytery.

Preparation for Ministry of Word and Sacrament is often an intimidating process ofr one who senses they've heard God's call to this office of the church, but aren't sure where to begin. We encourage you to meet with your home church pastor and pastors, to refer to this Advisory Handbook from the PC(USA) for understanding the process's shape and form.


2018 Meeting Dates:

All CPM meetings are held at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS)

April 20, 2018
May 25, 2018
September 21, 2018
November 16, 2018


Forms for Inquirers & Candidates:

Checklist for Inquirers & Candidates - Use this guide to insure you are ready for a meeting with CPM. Additional documents may be required as you progress through the process. NOTE: All forms and other requested information is due in the Presbytery Office one month prior to the stated meeting of CPM Inquireres/Candidates arranged to attend.

Remember, send all forms to:

Stated Clerk
Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209

Application Forms:
Form 1A — Application to be Enrolled by Presbytery as an Inquirer
Form 1B — Questions for Reflection
Form 1C — Financial Planning for Theological Education
Form 1D — Session Evaulation and Recommendation
Up-to-Date Transcripts
Results of Psychological Evaluation

Forms for Enrolling an Inquirer:
Form 2A — Report of Consultation Regarding Application
Form 2B — Covenant Agreement and Inquirer Release

Forms for Annual Consultations:
Form 3 — Pre-consultation Report on Development Areas
Form 4 — Report on Consultation
Up-to-Date Transcripts
Evaluations from:
1)Supervisor of Supervised Practice of Ministry Placement and/or CPE supervisor, and
---2) your Self-Evaluation of these ministry experiences
Any other relevant information the CPM needs (e.g., If you've been required by us to seek counseling, an evaluation/report from that person)

Forms to use with Candidates:
Forms for Advancing to Candidacy:
READ THIS FIRST, for completing Form 5A
Form 5A — Application to be Enrolled by Presbytery as a Candidate, include answers to 6 questions in "READ FIRST..."
Form 5B — Session Evaluation and Recommendation for Candidate, and
a Letter from Session that includes rationale for endorsement.
Form 5C — Report of consultation to become a Candidate
Form 5D — Covenant Agreement and Candidate Release
Up-to-Date Transcripts

For Annual Consulation and Final Assessment:
Form 3 - Pre-consultation on Development Areas
Up-to-Date Transcripts
Evaluations from: 1) Supervisor of Supervised Practice/Ministyr or CPE supervisor, and
---2) your Self-Evaluation of these ministry experiences
Exegesis of Particular Biblical Text
Sermon on Above Text
Statement of Faith - One page
Personal Information Form (PIF) - Draft
Evidence of Attending Boundaries Workshop--refer to Checklist
Evidence of Attending Financial Planning Workshop--refer to Checklist

For Final Assessment Only:
Exegesis Paper of Particular Biblical Text
Sermon Manuscript Based on Above Text - Candidate preaches sermon for CPM as part of Final Assessment
Statement of Faith - One page
Personal Information Form (PIF) - Draft


Forms to use to Report Actions to Others:

Form 6 — Summary Report of Final Assessment




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