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MINISTERIAL VOCATION RESOURCES

The resources below are offered to assist EPC churches and pastors in the preparation, calling, development, and care of ministers, as well as Ministerial and Candidates Committees of the presbyteries as they oversee the ordination testing process.

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MINISTRY STAFF OPPORTUNITIES

Ministry opportunities in the EPC are updated regularly on the Ministry Staff Opportunities page. Listings are at the request of the church.

WRITTEN ORDINATION EXAM STUDY GUIDES

As required by the EPC Book of Government, Section 13-2, candidates for ordination must successfully complete four written ordination exams: English Bible; Theology, Sacraments, and Reformed Tradition; Polity; and Biblical Hebrew and Greek Exegesis.

English Bible

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Written Ordination Examination Study Guide

Theology
Sacraments
Reformed Tradition

Biblical Languages Exegesis Examination Instructions

Scripture passage for exam is selected by the Ministerial Vocation Commitee

MINISTERIAL AND CANDIDATE COMMITTEES PROCEDURE MANUAL

The 192-page Procedure Manual brings together Scriptural principles, the EPC Book of Order, the legislative actions of the General Assembly, and standard practices relating to ministry. It was designed especially for search committees, ministers seeking a call, candidates under care, presbytery ministerial committees, and presbytery candidate committees. The Manual also contains forms commonly used by presbytery committees, and is a valuable reference tool for every EPC minister and church office.

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COMMENDED RESOURCES

The Ministerial Vocation Committee maintains a list of six commended resources in order to serve our churches and pastors. These resources are designed to help with pastoral searches, coaching, counseling, soul care, marriages, and (when necessary) crisis, burnout, and divorce recovery.

Broom Tree Ministries

Broom Tree Ministries provides no-cost spiritual retreats for pastors and their spouses, with locations in western Michigan and southern Wisconsin.The retreats are designed to provide uninterrupted time with God in rest, reflection, and beauty.

Pastor-In-Residence Ministries

Research shows that more than half of all pastors will experience a forced termination. Pastor-in-Residence (PIR) Ministries helps exited pastors navigate vocational transition by providing a proven process of restoration within a caring and restorative environment.

PastorServe

The Church is God’s “Plan A” for transforming peoples’ lives through the redemptive power of the gospel, and PastorServe serves pastors by providing coaching, crisis support, and consulting toward a healthier, more effective, and long-lasting ministry.

QuietWaters Ministries

QuietWaters Ministries has helped hundreds of Christian leaders with personal and professional crises. Through one-on-one intensive programs with licensed counselors at their Retreat Home in Parker, Colorado, you can receive the renewal, restoration, redemption, and strength you need to get back on track.

Starting Over

Dealing with the loss after divorce is one of the most painful times an individual can experience. Starting Over, led by EPC minister Mark Skalberg, has been providing hope and healing for more than 20 years to thousands experiencing divorce, separation, or the loss of a significant relationship.

Vanderbloemen Search Group

As experts in pastoral and ministry trends, the Vanderbloemen Search Group helps churches run the staff search process and ultimately hire the right people. The Vanderbloemen team has completed hundreds of searches serving churches and ministries from 70 to 70,000 in size.

TRANSITIONAL PASTOR RESOURCES

GO Center

The GO Center is a ministry of the EPC and serves churches across the United States through regional training events.

Interim Pastor Ministries

Interim Pastor Ministries provides a wide range of services, including Transitional Pastor training and coaching; matching experienced pastors with churches in transition; assisting in the development of healthy churches; and supporting and serving denominational leaders.

VitalChurch Ministry

VitalChurch Ministry evaluates and trains individual pastors; diagnoses the health of churches in transition; prescribes transition strategies; and provides specialized support for denominations, such as regional assessments, training, and deployment.

SEMINARY RESOURCES

The programs and scholarships below are available to seminary students preparing for ministry within EPC churches.

Andrew Jumper Scholarship

The Andrew Jumper Scholarship is available to EPC Candidates Under Care in the Master of Divinity Program at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Recipients are expected to seek ministry positions within the EPC. Applications are available from any RTS Admissions Office or RTS Dean of Students.

Mentored Apprenticeship Program

The MAP is a partnership between the EPC and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in which eight courses in practical ministry disciplines are available in a mentored setting. Each course provides hands-on ministry experience as well as transferable credits at half the normal tuition cost.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

These additional resources are designed to serve our churches, pastors, and Candidates Under Care.

Deer Ridge Ministries

Founded in 2003, Deer Ridge Ministries is dedicated to supporting pastors and spouses by providing the gift of five-day, rest-and-renewal retreats and other services of encouragement at their retreat center in Freeport, Illinois.

ELIM Retreats

ELIM Retreats, as a ministry of Barnabas International, is devoted to caring for the hearts of global workers. ELIM offers six-day retreats for missionaries and other Christian leaders and their families for rest, reflection, recovery, and spiritual renewal at their retreat centers in Huron City, Michigan, and Eagle, Wisconsin.

Moving On

In this book, Deanna Harrison shares her own journey through the trauma of a forced ministry exit. Writing as the spouse of a pastor forced to resign, Moving On is a tremendous resource for those in ministry who have experienced the grief of a forced termination, for people who participate in local church leadership, and for anyone who knows a minister who has been terminated.

Pastors at Risk

Written by EPC minister Chuck Wickman and published by Pastor-In-Residence Ministries, Pastors at Risk discusses issues many pastors face in the ministry—issues if not addressed can lead to risk of forced termination. Written from years of experience, each chapter has a testimony of victory, and a study guide or further understanding of each chapter’s topic.

Armstrong Relocation Services

United Van Lines discounts are available to EPC churches, ministers, and church staff members. The agreement is coordinated out of Armstrong’s Chattanooga office. For a free estimate, call 1-800-283-5814, and identify yourself as a member of the EPC, or click here to request an online estimate (in the notes section of the request form, identify your association with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church).

Biblical Interviewing Skills

This audio series is designed to train pastoral search committees with Bible-based, professionally tested interviewing skills to properly screen applicants for service within the church. This material also is applicable to any church committee that is selecting applicants for various positions within the local church.

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