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The Rev. Timothy Cargal, Ph.D., serves as Assistant Stated Clerk for Preparation for Ministry in 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 of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 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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October 31, 2011

New "Advisory Handbook" Released

Handbook coverThe new Advisory Handbook on Preparation for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has now been released. It is a thorough revision of the previous edition in light of changes to the Book of Order in July of this year. In previous posts I have discussed the approach that was taken in the development of the new Advisory Handbook (see “More Flexible, Less Regulatory,” and “More Advisory, Less Handbook”). In this post I will provide information on how to access it and review what it makes available.

The Advisory Handbook is being made available in two formats: (a ...

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March 31, 2011

A Horse of a Different Color

With apologies for the delay (March has been a busy month of travel and meetings), I do want to follow-up on the question about what other issues test takers raised in their feedback forms after the spring ordination exams. There...

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January 21, 2011

A New Kind of Home in a New Land

Next week I will be part of the leadership for a training event for the five presbyteries in South Carolina. In reviewing some data about those presbyteries, I found the following: While 51% of our churches in South Carolina have...

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December 1, 2010

Preserving "Human Capital" for Ministry

Just before Thanksgiving, I heard some reporting about the effects of the loss of “human capital” on our economic recovery. Economists study the effects on both individuals and the broader economy when people are part of the “long-term unemployed” who...

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