SE MCW 2021
History and Purpose
Purpose of the Ministerial Candidate Workshop

The overarching goal of the Southeastern Field Assessment Process and the Ministerial Candidate Workshop (MCW) is to assist licensed ministers in their preparation for ministry and possible ordination. As the primary outcome of the weekend, candidates will explore their call to ministry, increase their self-awareness, and gain a deeper understanding of their personal ministry profile. The candidate’s ministry profile includes insights gleaned from a battery of psychological assessments and personality inventories, the results of a one-on-one consultation with an assessment professional, and participation in a variety of equipping seminars and ministry development opportunities offered during the workshop weekend.

History of the Ministerial Candidate Workshop

The vision for the Ministerial Candidate Workshop began as a response to the awareness that ministry candidates and district leadership would benefit with an increased awareness of candidate strengths and potential areas of personal growth that would benefit those we serve. This led to the development of the Southeastern Field assessment process.

The Southeastern Field MCW Team would like to express a special appreciation to Dr. Chris Adams, and the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Point Loma Nazarene University for their consultation and willingness to share insights and experiences from the Ministerial Candidate Workshop. The Southeastern Field MCW was developed with the best practices and experience gained from The Center for Pastoral Leadership at PLNU with over fifteen years of hosting Ministerial Candidates Workshops on the Southwestern Nazarene Field.

Three basic assumptions framed the initial planning process, namely:

  1. We do not begin our work out of a vacuum. The Southeastern Field assessment process developed out of conversations with leadership having observed several well-established and time-tested assessment workshop models with Point Loma Nazarene University and Nazarene Global Clergy Development.

  2. We are responding to a perceived need. The Southeastern Field assessment process has emerged as a regional priority and is intended to be a collaborative resource for the region. Our work will be done in the “spirit” of partnership and in harmony with the Manual process for the licensing and ordaining of clergy.

  3. The Southeastern Field assessment process will serve as a “discernment process” to help ministers-in-training clarify their sense of “calling”, cultivate greater self-awareness, explore their “gifts and graces”, and receive wise counsel and direction.

  4. During the MCW, candidates will have conversation with an assessment professional outlining the results of the assessment instruments. Following the MCW, the district will receive the final summary report (including follow-up recommendations) for each of their candidates and the candidate’s Spiritual Growth Plan.

Expected Outcomes

The MCW is a carefully planned assessment experience. In order to be of maximum benefit,

the goal of the MCW is to yield the following outcomes:

  • To provide helpful assessment information and insight in order to assist district leaders in offering support, encouragement, and supervision to their participating candidates.

  • To deepen self-awareness in each candidate through a consultation with a trained assessment professional who will provide feedback and guidance based on the following instruments: NEO-PI-3, MSI-R, PAI, StrengthsFinder, Life History Questionnaire, and 360 Ministry Effectiveness Inventory.

  • To provide candidates with instruction and assistance in the development of a personal spiritual formation plan.

  • To encourage candidates with inspirational presentations - such as Moses: The Call to Ministry, Peter: The Making of a Minister and Paul: The Pattern for Ministry and instructional seminars on such topics as:

    • Developing a spiritual growth plan.

    • The minister’s source of adequacy and significance.

    • Healthy family relationships in pastoral service.

    • Maintaining personal boundaries and coping with stress and issues of burn-out.

    • Living as the spouse in pastoral service.

    • Surviving as a single in ministry.

  • To foster a network of support and a community of care among participating candidates, their spouses, and district leaders.

  • To connect candidates with an ongoing and supportive pastor-mentor relationship.

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