Pacific Presbytery

Candidacy Forms

The forms on this page are used by the Inquirer and their committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry when a decision has been made to recommend the Inquirer be advanced by the Presbytery to Candidate status.

 When you are ready to become a Candidate, you will need to complete the forms below and submit them to Rev. Linda Culberston, General Presbyter of the Presbytery of the Pacific.

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You may access the PDF version of each form simply by clicking on the specific form designation.
Once you begin completing a form, you should use “Save as …” to create a new file (e.g., “NameForm5A.pdf”).

 

 

Form 5A       “Application to be enrolled by Presbytery as a Candidate”
To be completed initially by the Inquirer seeking to be advanced to candidacy. The recommendations of the session and the committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry along with the action taken by the presbytery are recorded on this form.

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Form 5A-1      “Supplemental Questions for Response to be Enrolled by Presbytery as a Candidate”

These supplemental questions your response to be submitted along with Form 5A. These questions are specific to the Presbytery of the Pacific and will only be found on our website.

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Form 5B       “Session recommendation for Enrollment as Candidate”

This form is completed by the inquirer’s session and forwarded to the presbytery’s committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry. Questions that may guide the session’s discussion with the inquirer and provide support for its recommendation to the committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry may be found in the “Advisory Handbook” on pages 39 – 41. Attach a letter explaining rationale for the session’s action in light of inquirer’s suitability.

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Form 5C      “Report of Consultation to become a Candidate

A signed acknowledgement of the new covenant relationship entered into by the candidate and the committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry. This form also establishes growth areas for candidate. The completed report is sent to the inquirer/candidate, theological institution, and sponsoring session.

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Form 5D       “Covenant Agreement and Candidate Release

A signed acknowledgement of the new covenant relationship entered into by the candidate, the session and the committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry. The candidate release sets in motion an understanding that permits the committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry to secure information necessary to make responsible decisions and recommendations.

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Background Check Consent Form – REQUIRED

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Annual Reporting Forms

Form 3      “Pre-consultation Report on Development Areas”
This report, completed by the inquirer/candidate before each consultation, evaluates progress in accomplishing previously agreed-upon goals and objectives. The form requests a listing of completed courses, and includes specific questions to be addressed in each of the five growth areas.

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Form 4      “Pre-consultation Report on Development Areas”
A summary report of the consultation, completed by the committee/commission overseeing preparation for ministry and the inquirer/candidate, that indicates developmental progress in the five key areas along with growth objectives agreed to for the next year. The completed report is sent to the inquirer/candidate, theological institution, and sponsoring session.

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“Alternative Annual Consultation Form for Certified Ready Candidates” 

Candidates who have been Certified Ready for final examination and pending a call, have the choice of using Forms 3 and 4 as usual for completing their annual consultation. Or, candidates can write a one-page update, to be sent to their CPM liaison and to the Presbytery for the Candidate’s ministry file. Until this is completed, the Annual Consultation and recommendation for continuance in the CPM process is not considered complete.

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Additional Forms

Policy on Candidate Sermon/Exegesis Preparation


“Policy for Taking Seminary Courses Pass/Fail”

“An inquirer or candidate in the process of acquiring the MDiv degree from an accredited seminary is permitted up to 15% of the course of study to be completed Pass/Fail, if allowed by that particular seminary, EXCEPT, those core courses required by the Book of Order and including those areas covered by the standard ordination examinations approved by the General Assembly.” (Ref. G-2.06)

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“Policy for Removal from Process”
The goal of this policy is to improve accountability to and from inquirers, candidates, local churches, the presbytery and the broader church concerning the preparation for ordained ministry.

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“Alternative Annual Consultation for Certified Ready Candidates”
Candidates who have been Certified Ready for final examination and pending a call, have the choice of using Forms 3 and 4 as usual for completing their annual consultation. Or, candidates can write a one-page update, to be sent to their CPM liaison and to the Presbytery for the Candidate’s ministry file. Until this is completed, the Annual Consultation and recommendation for continuance in the CPM process is not considered complete.

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