Resourcing Leaders & Transforming Lives

Commission on Preparation for Ministry Meeting

Chairperson:   Rev. Jacoba Vermaak

Meetings: Third Saturday of each month from 8:30 am to Noon

Duties: CPM is responsible for shepherding inquirers and candidates for ordination as Teaching Elder in the PCUSA through the process of discerning and embracing their call to ministry. CPM has the authority, on behalf of the Presbytery, to enroll an individual as Inquirer. Through one-on-one relationship with individual committee members as their liaison, inquirers and candidates navigate the logistical requirements and spiritual discovery of what it means to serve a church as Teaching Elder/Pastor. Each member of CPM is required to attend the monthly meetings as well as fulfill the role of liaison for 2 to 4 inquirers/candidates. Liaisons agree to meet one-on-one at various times during the year with the candidates and inquirers assigned to them to review where they are in the process and provide prayer and a listening heart.

Skills: A heart for mentoring and a willingness to be in an honest relationship with individuals seeking to discern God’s call in their lives. A willingness to become familiar with the ordination process as laid out by the Book of Order and the Presbytery.