The Process from Call to Ordination
Welcome to the Oregon Pacific District Board of Ministry pages. On these pages you should be able to find information to help you navigate the processes leading from a call to ministry, through local and district licensing and educational preparation, and on to ordination as an Elder or Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.
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, please direct them to this site and please read What a Pastor and Church Board Need to Know about the Ministerial Preparation Process located below.
If you are someone who has sensed a call to ministry and need to know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Please download and read the following documents.
Please contact District Secretary Bud Pugh at [email protected] if you need further assistance.
Open the appropriate form, fill it in, save it to your computer and attach it to an email to [email protected]. You may type your name in the signature line and this will suffice for a signature.
The Role of the Pastor and Local Church in the Ministerial Development Process
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.
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 Advisor who is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. This is likely to be their 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 Advisor and ask her or him to complete an annual Local Advisor’s Report.
The Board deeply appreciates and counts on the involvement of the District’s pastors and churches in this process. Below you will find helpful explanatory documents, covenants and reports.
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 four 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.
Jason Veach- the Story of Scripture from Genesis to Jesus
Olivia Meyer- The Bible in a Nutshell
Cheryl Colby- Entire Sanctification