Certified Ready for Examination for a Call
- Sometime during the last months of seminary, the Candidate meets with the CPM for a final assessment of readiness to be examined for ordination. In preparation of this meeting, the Candidate will prepare a draft of his/her Personal Information Form (PIF) used to seek a call. He or she will also prepare a one-page Statement of Faith, an exegesis based on the format used for the exegesis ordination exam (often the Candidate uses the exam exegesis), and a sermon based on the exegesis.
- The Candidate schedules a time to meet with the committee to be Certified Ready for Call. When the Candidate meets with the CPM, the sermon which was prepared will be preached to the committee. If the candidate has completed all of the ordination requirements, the CPM may vote to certify him/her ready to be examined to receive call. This action is reported to the Presbytery at its next meeting. The committee may also give permission to the Candidate to begin circulating his or her PIF.
- When a call is received, the responsibility of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry ends. The candidate is normally examined for ordination by the Presbytery of call and approved to be ordained and installed in the ministry position. The Candidate may request to be ordained in his or her home church in the Presbytery of care or may be both ordained and installed by the Presbytery of call.