Here are some tools for CMLT leaders, stated clerks and pastors who want to give guidance to someone on their journey towards ordination.
Journey Towards Ordination gives a helpful overview of the following routes:
The Commissioned Pastor Handbook is a helpful and comprehensive guide to the Commissioned Pastor Route.
The EPMC Handbook is a helpful and comprehensive guide to the EPMC program.
NEW resource for CMLTs (Classis Ministerial Leadership Teams): Check out this new Process Guide for CMLTs.
Classis Initial ReportClassis ReportClassis RecommendationCouncil Recommendation for Potential Seminary StudentDescription of the 24-Month Candidacy ProgramGuidelines for Mentors, Mentor Committees and Classis Interviews
Mentor Orientation OverviewAreas of Focus for Mentor MeetingsPersonal Qualifications for MinistryInitial Mentor ReportMentor Report FormMentor RecommendationGuidelines for Mentors, Mentor Committees and Classis Interviews
Resources For All Pre-Candidates:Candidate's Application to CouncilGuidelines for Guest PreachersPreaching Evaluation FormInstruction Details for Bible Content ExamAdvice to CTS Students Regarding “Official Acts of Ministry”Council Recommendation
Resources For CTS Participants:Candidacy Process Overview–CTS students
Resources For EPMC Participants:EPMC Overview and ChecklistTemplate for Writing a Vocational Formation Plan Supervised Ministry Report Form
For a full description of what the two-year candidacy process entails, see the Candidacy Process page.
Process Guide and Checklist - This document outlines the whole process, with links, to all supporting documents below.Doc #1 Personal Application for Ordination in the CRCDoc #2 Recommendation From Former Local Church or Ministry - Article 8 ApplicantsDoc #3 Recommendation From Former Regional Body - Article 8 ApplicantsDoc #4 Instructions for Document 4 in the Article 8 Affiliation ProcessDoc #5 Application From a Local CRC Church Council - Article 8 ApplicantsDoc #6 Classis Ministerial Leadership Team (CMLT) Recommendation FormDoc #7 Instructions for Document 7 in the Article 8 Affiliation ProcessDoc #8 Instructions for Document 8 in the Article 8 Affiliation ProcessDoc #9 Instructions for Document 9 in the Article 8 Affiliation ProcessDoc #10 Background Check and Personal Disclosure and AuthorizationDoc #11 Mentor Designation Form - Article 8 ApplicantsDoc #12 Local CRC Council Final Recommendation Form - Article 8 ApplicantsDoc #13 Final Endorsements - Article 8 CandidatesCreating an Individualized Learning Plan for Article 8Individualized Learning Plan for Article 8 (Template)
Article 8 Process Guide and Checklist (explains the entire Article 8 process)Article 8 Checklist (a list of just the documents that need to be submitted throughout the process)
Agreement for Use of Art. 24bApplication Form for Classis in Appointing a Commissioned PastorChecklist for Appointing and Ordaining a Commissioned PastorLearning Plan Design TemplateProcess OverviewSuggested Documents To Be Gathered in the Art. 23 Preparation ProcessTraining Programs For Commissioned PastorsPsychological Evaluation for Ministerial CandidatesStandards for Ministry
Rev. Susan LaClear, Director of Candidacy, is available to consult with any classis representative or individual who has questions about pastoral ordination.