Penn York DBMD 05 - Ordination/Commissioning Application Questionnaire
This application questionnaire assumes the candidate has completed the Course of Study, has had some years of experience, and is nearly ready for ordination/ commissioning. The Personal Data Inventory Questionnaire should have been completed earlier. The answers on this questionnaire will enable the district leaders to judge the readiness of the candidate for ordination/commissioning. It should be completed carefully and fully. Please note that the information contained herein will be held in the strictest of confidentiality.
Your Full Name
Date of Birth
Please give an update on your marital and family record.
Does your spouse testify to conversion?
Does your spouse testify to Sanctification?
Explain any reservation your spouse may have about being married to an ordained minister in the church.
Explain any problem your spouse may have experienced "fitting in" as a minister's companion.
Do you or your spouse have any obligations that might interfere with your primary ministry? If so, explain.
Do you consistently meet all financial commitments so that you do not compromise your ministry or standing with your creditors?
Are you now, or have you ever been, involved in a court case where charges have been brought against you? If so, explain.
Comment on your present state of health. Include any major illnesses since filing the Personal Data Inventory Questionnaire.
Have you ever had a nervous breakdown or an emotionally traumatizing experience? If so, please explain.
State any health factors in your family which might have a bearing on your ministry.
What devotional patterns have you built into your life?
Are you maintaining a life of personal purity and moral integrity?
What is your understanding of the experience of entire sanctification? Have you experienced, or are you diligently seeking this grace?
What terms would you use to describe your present relationship with God?
Of what Wesleyan church are you now a member?
Of what Wesleyan church is your spouse a member?
When were you first issued a district license in The Wesleyan Church?
By what district?
How long have you carried a district license continuously?
This is the most important step in your quest for ordination/commissioning. Please comment again on the urgency of your call to the ministry. Include in your answer your understanding of whether a call is for a lifetime, or whether it is acceptable to go into secular employment and become an ordained minister without appointment.
Most districts have long lists of ministers without appointment who have been in secular work for years and may never plan to go back into the ministry. Do you envision this happening to you?
Are you determined to make the ministry your life's work? Do you plan to give full time to the ministry?
What ministerial experiences have you had? Pastor? Evangelist? Other? Give places and dates for each.
What do you feel will be the main focus of your ministry?
List, in order of importance, what you consider the five most vital qualities necessary for making a person a good minister.
How would you define what it means to be "successful" in ministry?
Practical Experience - Check the pastoral functions in which you have had some practical experience and then indicate the level of preparedness or competency you feel in each area.
6 - Prepared
1 - Lack Competance
Basic pattern, sermon preparation
Visitation - hospital
Visitation - shut-in
Visitation - elderly
Visitation - prospects
Visitation - bus ministry
Visitation - community canvas
Visitation - business, professional
Visitation - evangelism
Method of personal evangelism
Method of discipling
Pre-funeral pastoral care
Administering Lord's Supper
Planning worship service
Conducting worship service
Planning midweek service
Planning special day observance (Christmas, Easter, etc)
Planning missionary convention
Preparing newspaper article
Preparing newspaper ad
Preparing agenda for LBA
Session of the LBA
Session of the LCC
Sunday school organization
Sunday school supervision
Relation to auxiliaries (WW, etc.)
Maintaining membership lists, etc.
Property and legal matters
Preparing annual church budget
Managing church finances
Preparing reports to LBA
Preparing reports to DS
Preparing reports to District conference
Lifelong personal growth and self-improvement are essential to effective ministry. What do you plan to do to keep current in the areas of intellectual stimulation, pastoral care and counseling, church administration, and theological understanding?
Have you seen individuals converted and incorporated into the church as a result of your ministry? Please be specific.
Have individuals been encouraged to grow spiritually because of your involvement in their lives? Explain.
What do you believe will be the strongest area of your ministry? The weakest?
What do you conceive to be the purpose or meaning of ordination, and why do you desire to be ordained?
What do you believe will be the effect of the strain of living constantly in the public eye on your family? Please comment.
Do you, or have you had, any reservations concerning your loyalty to The Wesleyan Church? Explain.
Will you be conscientious in your promotion of the district and general interests of the Church?
Can you give full support to the higher education institutions of The Wesleyan Church? If not, explain.
Read again the Membership Commitments of The Wesleyan Church (Discipline paragraphs 260-268). Can you fully support, practice and teach the principles of living outlined?
Use of time
Substance abuse (abstinence from alcohol, drugs, etc)
Marriage and divorce
Means of grace
Rights of others
If you have hesitancy or questions on any of the Membership Commitments above, please explain.
What is your attitude toward the district budget assessments and the United Stewardship Fund assessments of the General Church?
How will you work for 100% payment of these assessments in the churches you pastor?
To what extent do you or will you promote prayer support and giving to the missionary causes of The Wesleyan Church?
How long have you been faithful in the storehouse tithing of your personal income? (See Discipline 465)
What should be the relationship between the local pastor and his district superintendent?
Are the records of your church membership and constituency current?
Please explain any special difficulties you have had in maintaining a good relationship with the churches you have pastored?
Are you current in your reporting to the district and its officials?
If you were not clear as to the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit to a specific assignment, would you accept the direction and appointment of the district as the will of God and enter joyfully upon the assigned appointment?
Are you willing, if needed, to take a small church and supplement your income by means of other employment?
If you find it necessary to take other employment, will you work toward the goal of becoming full time in the ministry?
In regard to your schedule, are there demands on your time that conflict with the Christian ministry? What would you do if you were faced with conflicts with your primary ministry?
How many hours each week is a reasonable work load for a consecrated pastor?
How many hours each week should you spend with your spouse and family?
Comment on your understanding of the biblical teaching on divorce as well as on divorce and remarriage.
Indicate the social issue on which you have strong views and in which you might become actively involved in your ministry.
Concern for the poor
Aging and the elderly
Substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc)
Explain your views on those issues about which you feel very strongly and explain how they may affect your ministry.
Can you practice and proclaim total abstinence as the appropriate response to abuse of such substances as alcohol, tobacco and drugs used for purposes other than proper medical treatment?
What basis do you give for abstaining from membership in secret societies and lodges which are oathbound?
Have you knowingly taken into membership individuals who do not live up to the lifestyle practices outlined in the Membership Commitments? If so, explain.
What should be the Christian's response to the practice of homosexuality?
How should Christians use their leisure time?
Are you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures are the fully inspired and inerrant written Word of God, and that they contain sufficiently all doctrine required for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? Comment on your understanding of this commitment.
What is your understanding of the Holy Trinity?
What do you believe about the nature and deity of Jesus?
Comment on the importance of Christ's resurrection to the gospel.
What is your understanding of humankind--the origin, original nature and present nature of persons apart from Christ?
Briefly state what you understand by the term "Atonement".
Briefly state what you understand by the term "Justification".
Briefly state what you understand by the term "Regeneration".
What is your position on the subject of "Free will"?
What is your position on the subject of "The security of the Christian"?
What is your position on the subject of "The possibility of complete apostasy"?
What is the nature and work of the Holy Spirit?
What do you understand to be the "gifts of the Spirit?" For what purpose are they given? To whom? Give scriptural evidence for your answer.
What is your understanding of the "gift of tongues?" Is it the evidence of being filled with the Spirit?
State what you believe to be the scriptural significance of baptism, mode(s) of baptism and who is eligible.
What is the meaning and purpose of the Lord's Supper? Include in your answer who may administer and who may participate.
What is your understanding of the Second Coming of Christ?
What do you understand to be the destiny of the Christian, of the unbeliever, or of the person who has never heard the gospel?
The Wesleyan Church believes that God calls both men and women into ordained/commissioned ministry. Will you continue to support this position? If not please explain.
By submitting this form you are agreeing to the following statement:I hereby freely give permission for the use of this information by the district and general officials of The Wesleyan Church and waive my right to examine any confidential information about me provided by other persons. Further, I understand that ordination/commissioning by The Wesleyan Church is a privilege granted me, not a right that I claim. I hereby acknowledge the authority of the Church in granting ordination/commissioning to those who, after thorough examination, are believed to have the gifts, fruit and call of God. Also, I understand that though I may complete all of the academic requirements for ordination/commissioning, it does not guarantee my ordination/commissioning.
Please enter your full name as your 'digital signature' of this application.
We will also ask you to physically sign this form at your next DBMD meeting.
Date this form was completed
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