Understanding of and adherence to pastoral ethics and practices

Demonstrate understanding, skill and compassion in caring for persons and congregations. The candidate shall give evidence of appropriate care and empathy toward persons in various crises. show a grasp of the challenges and opportunities emerging in the various stages of life. exhibit an understanding of the psychological and social forces that shape human behavior. demonstrate the ability to offer accountable …

Capability to minister within the church

Demonstrate the understanding and skill required to lead the people of God in faithfulness to their mission, including the areas of discipleship, evangelism, and leadership. The candidate shall give evidence of an understanding of approaches to discipleship and capacity discipling individuals toward multiplication and maturity of faith in Christ. demonstrate, either through personal experience or by undergoing training, the ability …

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 appropriate evidence of: an enduring …

Personal integrity and call

Demonstrate a life worthy of the gospel, a sense of call to be a Commissioned Pastor, an understanding of that ministry in the Reformed tradition, and a commitment to its responsibilities. The candidate shall demonstrate servanthood, measured by growth in God’s grace, as well as evidence of a fruitful ministry. understand the expectations, boundaries, and opportunities of ministry outlined in …

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 doctrines necessary for faith and …

Reformed theology and tradition

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and commitment to Reformed doctrine, government and worship. The candidate shall demonstrate an understanding of the doctrines of the church and how they have emerged over time in the context of the church’s interaction with culture. show an awareness of and commitment to a Reformed creedal and confessional understanding of the church’s tradition. show how …

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 major issues that have arisen …

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 an understanding of Reformed Church …

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 the place and significance of …

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 of liturgy that is biblical, …