Becoming a Minister
Welcome! If you’re reading this page, you’re probably considering ordination to ministry of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or know someone who is.
Ministry, of course, embraces all those tasks and responsibilities to which all Christians are called. Ministry is first and foremost the work of the whole church. But some women and men are identified and prepared for unique leadership, and the church has outlined procedures and responsibilities for two important dimensions of that preparation: the nurture and preparation of those who have experienced God’s call to ministry, and our care for the church, assuring presbyteries and congregations of the fitness and competence of those who wish to lead. As the Committee on Preparation for Ministry for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, we are committed to providing the best care for the church and those who are preparing for ministry.
The process in becoming a teaching elder is a rigorous and demanding process for inquirers and candidates, as well as, for the members of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. That said, it is at the same time a deeply gratifying and important work. We pray that as you consider the possibilities of ordination, or work with those who do, you may experience the grace of God, the presence of Christ, and the discernment of the Holy Spirit.
So are you ready to begin the journey? Click here to get an overview of the ordination process.