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The Rev. Timothy Cargal, Ph.D., serves as the Coordinator, Preparation for Ministry/Exams for Mid Council Ministries of the Office of the General Assembly.

“... the Land that I Will Show You” is the blog of the Office of Preparation for Ministry/Examinations of the Presbyterian Church (USA). This blog is designed to serve as a resource for those discerning and preparing for a call to the ministry of Word and Sacrament as ordained teaching elders of the church. It will also provide a place for reflecting on and dialoging about the changing context of pastoral ministry in the early 21st century.

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December 21, 2012

Some Year-End Snapshots

2012Like many folks in many lines of work, the approaching end of the year signals for me not only preparations for Christmas but drawing together a number of annual reports. So in the spirit of many publications’ “year in review” stories I present here some snapshots drawn from the Inquirers and Candidates Database at the close of 2012.

So as you look at these “snapshots” from our family album, what do you think? Any of these numbers stand out more than the others for you? What do you make of the observation that our mythical “average” individual under care is a Caucasian woman candidate in her thirties who has already graduated from seminary?

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  1. Good questions, David. See my next post for more information about the issues you raise.

    by Tim Cargal

    PC(USA) Staff

    December 27, 2012

  2. Looks grim. Four times as many candidates as there are total positions available. It would be interesting contrasting these numbers to that of those in their first call. It might be their are more women out of seminary looking for a job because males are getting called more frequently.

    by David

    December 24, 2012

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