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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.

For quick announcements about changes or developments in the preparation process, dates related to exams or other key events, discussion boards, surveys, etc., you can follow us on Facebook at “Preparing for Presbyterian Ministry.”

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July 29, 2011

More Advisory, Less Handbook

No checklistsIn my previous post I explored some of the reasons why there is a need for a new “Advisory Handbook on Preparing for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).” Key among them are the needs to develop a “more flexible, less regulatory” process that focuses on the need to develop relationships where the serious work of discernment of one’s call and evaluation of one’s gifts for ministry can take place. But how does one write what at one level is a process and procedure manual that relates to constitutional requirements and still meet the goals of “more ...

July 22, 2011

More Flexible, Less Regulatory

three multi-color SlinkiesOne of my major projects for the remainder of the summer is to work on a new edition of the “Advisory Handbook on Preparation for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).” Now that we as a church are working under a revised Form of Government, there is a need to update this standard resource for those under care in the process of preparation for ordination as teaching elders in the church and those who work with them at both the congregational and presbytery level.

The last update of the “Advisory Handbook” was completed in 2007 when extensive ...