2020 District License Interviews
Welcome to the Oregon Pacific District Board of Ministry page for the 2020 District License Interview Process. For some of you this information will look familiar but please read everything carefully as it may be valuable to you.
If this is your first year in the ORPAC Ministerial Development Process and/or you will not have had your local license for at least one year by May 2020 and/or have not completed at least one-quarter of the Course of Study, please consider this page as an informational resource.
If you are a pastor or local church member looking for guidance for someone in your church who has signaled that they have been called to ministry, or if you are someone who has sensed a call to ministry and need to know where to start, please go to https://www.orpac.org/ministerial-development/ to read about the ministerial process.
Please contact District Secretary Bud Pugh at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance.
A specific interview time will be communicated to you well before your scheduled day. Please keep this day as open as possible to allow for adequate travel opportunities and/or delays.
- Monday, January 6th – Medford New Life – for those in the southern part of the district
- Tuesday, January 7th – South Salem – for Northern Willamette Valley and the Central Coast
- Wednesday, January 8th – Portland First – Portland, North Coast, Molalla, Canby, Columbia River Areas
- Thursday, January 9th – Eugene First – Southern Willamette Valley and the South/Central Coast
- Friday, January 10th – Bend Nazarene- Central Oregon
You should take opportunity to begin working on your District License Application which must be completed each year. You may edit last year’s application if you have it saved but please verify it is the same document as those linked below. It will be due by December 1st and you may email the completed application to email@example.com
The District Board of Ministry wants to emphasize/renew the thought that the local church and local pastor are significant keys to effective ministerial development on the district. Rather than largely a district responsibility, it is mainly a local church responsibility to identify, evaluate, encourage, hold accountable, support, challenge, develop, test and approve those called into ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. The Board of Ministry counts on the churches/pastors taking that responsibility seriously. With that in mind, the Board urges local pastors and church boards to be active in the process for developing ministers and careful in their recommendations.
Church Board Recommendation
It is important that you check in with your pastor (if you are not the pastor of your church) to ask them to work with the church board regarding a Recommendation for a District License form (see below). You may consider printing this form and taking it to them yourself with your request for consideration (assumng all other requirements have been met). If you serve as a lead/senior pastor, the District Advisory Board and the District Superintendent will handle this recommendation.
The Board deeply appreciates and counts on the involvement of the District’s pastors and churches in this process. It is also for this reason that the Board of Ministry has implemented a requirement that every Local Minister and District Minister be in a covenant relationship with a Local Mentor who is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. This is likely to be your lead/senior pastor, but may also be an ordained staff member or retired minister. A licensed minister should seek to enter this covenant relationship with their Mentor and ask her or him to complete an annual Local Mentor’s Report.
It is important that check in with your Local Mentor regularly and especiallly as interview season approaches. The Local Mentor’s Covenant can be electronically completed/renewed online (https://www.orpac.org/local-mentors-covenant) or on paper (see below). There is no need to submit this covenant to the district office.
The Local Mentor’s Report must be completed and turned in annually. No report = no interview and therefore no district license. This report may also be submitted online (https://www.orpac.org/local-mentor-report) or you may download the form below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org on completion.
If you are serving as the lead/senior pastor, the District Superintendent is your Local Mentor. Please contact him as soon as possible regarding your report (email@example.com). You may email him the report (see below) and ask him to fill it out on your behalf, or contact him regarding the use of the online form (https://www.orpac.org/local-mentor-report).
Each year the District Board of Ministry holds interviews for those seeking a District Minister’s License- for a first-time license and for license renewal- as well as Year of Mentoring and Ordination interviews. In an attempt to aid students, licensed minister candidated, Year of Mentoring candidates and potential ordinands, the board has put together some helps and resources for the interviews.
What to expect from the small group/district licensing interviews… Interviews are held in the second week in January at five sites across the district, and will be scheduled for 45 minute slots; the further along you are in the ministerial development process, the more likely it is that your interview will fill the entire time slot.
If this is your first interview and you are not applying for a District Minister’s License you can expect an introductory kind of interview- an opportunity for the small group to get to know you a bit, ask about how you came to this place in your life, inquire as to how your start at the Course of Study is going. As the years proceed and if you are applying for a District License, you can expect the interview to become progressively more comprehensive until you are ready to interview for the Year of Mentoring in preparation for ordination. A document linked below provides guidelines (along with preparation helps) for four areas that the Board of Ministry expects anyone to be ordained on the district to “nail” in their year of mentoring interview. You can use this document to prepare for all of your Board of Ministry interviews; the longer you have been in the ministerial development process, the more “ready” you should be. These four areas do not exhaust what may be discussed at your interview.
Be assured that the Board members do not look at the interviews as an opportunity to surprise you with “gotcha” questions but as one to guide you, help you and encourage you as you grow through this process. They really are there to help you. This help may come via some tough questions but their “toughness” is designed to evaluate where you are as well as to help move you along in the process.
In order to give you an idea of what the Board of Ministry is looking for in the Year of Mentoring and Ordination interviews, some individuals who “nailed” one of the questions from the resources document in their Year of Mentoring interview were asked to video record their presentation so they could be available to those seeking a license or ordination. Some of them are a little longer than they need to be but they will give an idea of how to prepare yourself for the interview.
Entire Sanctification Videos
Biblical Timeline Videos
Mary Beth Bowles
If you have had a divorce in your past and have NOT had it removed as a barrier to a district license, please fill out and submit the information below.
If you need to review what the Ministerial Development Process looks like, take a look at the following documents.
If you believe you are ready and would like ti interview for your Year of Mentoring (see The Process in Review documents above) please provide the requested information below.