Maturity of faith

Demonstrate a mature personal faith in the Triune God The candidate by word and deed shall express an abiding and growing faith in, and love for Jesus Christ. demonstrate an appropriate awareness of and sensitivity to the presence and leading of the Holy Spirit in Scripture, in the Christian community, and in personal experience. give…

Understanding of the Old and New Testaments and biblical interpretation

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Scripture, commitment to its authority as the Word of God, and insight in its interpretation. The candidate shall articulate an understanding of biblical authority consistent with the doctrinal Standards of the RCA. exhibit a general knowledge of the content of the 66 books and specific knowledge of key biblical…

Church history

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the history and teachings of the Christian church, including her government and worship. The candidate shall be familiar with the major persons, movements, and historical events in the history of the church. Special emphasis is to be given to the Apostolic, Patristic, Reformation, and Modern periods of the church. articulate…

Government, Standards and Liturgy

Demonstrate a functional understanding and adherence to the government, Standards, and liturgy of the Reformed Church in America. The candidate shall demonstrate an understanding of and appropriate adherence to the RCA confessions (Apostles’ Creed, Nicene, Creed, Athanasian Creed, Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort, and Belhar Confession), Book of Church Order, and Liturgy. articulate…

Nature and administration of the sacraments

Demonstrate understanding and skill for the administration of the sacraments that is theologically Reformed and contextually relevant. The candidate shall show knowledge of distinctive elements of the Reformed theological tradition, including its theology and administration of sacraments. demonstrate a commitment to an appropriately Reformed practice of infant and adult baptism and the Lord’s Supper. understand…

Ability to preach

Demonstrate understanding and skill to lead worship and preach the gospel. The candidate shall demonstrate the ability to preach and teach the whole of Scripture in the power of the Holy Spirit, with clarity, winsomeness, and passion. demonstrate an approach to preaching and teaching that evangelizes and nurtures. demonstrate a practice of worship and use…

Seminar on the Pastor as Person

This seminar explores the ways in which a minister’s life history, spiritual growth, and vocation intersect and shape his/her personal and professional identity. Students will reflect on their own psychological and spiritual development and their opportunities for personal growth. They will develop their own particular plans for self-care. Students must either have completed or be…