Ordination Requirements

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Ordination Requirements
Book of Order PC (USA) and Additional Requirements
of the Committee of Preparation for Ministry
of the Presbytery of New Brunswick

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Book of Order G-2.0607 PC (USA) 2012-2013

Final Assessment and Negotiation for Service
A candidate may not enter into negotiation for his or her service as a teaching elder without approval of the presbytery. The presbytery shall record when it has certified a candidate ready for examination for ordination, pending a call. Evidence of readiness to begin ordered ministry as a teaching elder shall include:
• A. candidate’s wisdom and maturity of faith, leadership skills, compassionate spirit, honest repute, and sound judgment;
• B. a transcript showing graduation, with satisfactory grades, at a regionally accredited college or university;
• C. a transcript from a theological institution accredited by
the Association of Theological Schools acceptable to the presbytery, showing a course of study including Hebrew and Greek, exegesis of the Old and New Testaments using Hebrew and Greek, satisfactory grades in all areas of study, and graduation or proximity to graduation; and
• D. satisfactory grades, together with the examination papers in the areas covered by any standard ordination examination approved by the General Assembly. Such examinations shall be prepared and administered by a body created by the presbyteries.

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Additional Academic & Training Requirements
Committee of Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of New Brunswick
• Presbyterian Church (USA) Polity course
• 3 credit course in Reformed Worship (full academic course, not practicum)
• 3 credit course in Reformed theology or on a Reformed theologian. May be taken in Church History or Theology departments
• 1 Unit of Supervised Clinical Pastoral Education or equivalent with permission of the CPM
• Ordinarily 2 Field Education units, in addition to CPE, at least one must be in a PC (USA) setting that is not home church or church of current membership (church of care). If the Inquirer is a new Presbyterian PC (USA) member both Field Education church placements shall be members of the PC (USA).
• Princeton Theological Seminary students are required to take the class “Word and Act in Christian Worship” taken over two semesters.
• Non-PTS students are expected to take any practicum offered in the conduct of public worship in the Reformed tradition.
Psychological & Vocational Assessment

• To be completed at Trinity Counseling Service, 22 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; 609-924-0060 or a comparable site.
• Congregations of care are asked to provide assistance with 1/3 of the cost ($500.) of the psychological evaluation requirement which is a total of $1500.

Presbyterian Year

• If a student attends or graduates from a Seminary that is neither Presbyterian nor Reformed, that person will be required to have a “Presbyterian year,” that is, a year of full-time matriculated study in a PCUSA or RCA (Reformed Church in America) Seminary. All above requirements still pertain.

Financial Assistance
• As noted above, congregations of care are asked to provide assistance with 1/3 of the cost ($500.) of the psychological evaluation requirement which is a total of $1500. The CPM encourages further financial assistance in offsetting the cost of Clinical Pastoral Education CPE. If the student takes CPE for a Field Education unit, the student must also pay tuition to the Seminary.
• CPM offers $1500 total per person under care to help offset costs of care process: psychological evaluation, CPE, education related expenses, etc.

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