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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Several actions taken by the General Assembly this past summer affect the preparation for ministry process. In conjunction with the annual “Polity Conference” the first week of October, we are releasing an updated version of the Advisory Handbook on Preparing for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This edition also includes new materials in response to requests for expanded treatment of some topics. “Release 1.3” of the 2011/2013 handbook is now available for download from our website.
In all, six sections in the “Walking the Road Together” chapter of the Handbook have been updated. In order of their appearance in that chapter and together with the Book of Order paragraph to which they relate, here are brief descriptions of the changes:
Again, the full handbook can be downloaded from our website. Handout versions (in both Adobe Reader [.pdf] and Microsoft Word [.doc] formats) of each section of the handbook are also available from that same page.
To be sure you have the latest version, look for the date "October 2012" in the lower-right corner of the cover, and the words "2011/2013 Release 1.3" on the copyright page.