Bishop's Ministry Advisors (also known as Examining Chaplains) are responsible for supporting the discernment process by which candidates explore a call to ordained ministry. They conduct interviews, write reports and make recommendations to the Bishop concerning why individuals should or should not be ordained. Although they are not the only contributors to the process their role is absolutely critical. The recommendations they make are the result of prayer, interview and reflection with colleagues. Discernment for ordination is not a black and white process. It does not always conform to a particular checklist or pattern. Some compare their intuition to recommend for or against ordination to the response of Elizabeth to her pregnant cousin Mary.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1.41
This 'gut reaction' is informed and considered, but not always easy to articulate. Therefore we ask you to pray for our Examiners that they might discern well and with clarity.
Training | Saturday, March 30
10am Prayers 10.15 Welcome and Introductions 10.30 What is a vocation?
10.45 Block One
What is a Psychological Assessment?
What kinds of things might be identified in an assessment?
What would Dianne find helpful from BMA/EC interview reports?
What should BMA/EC look out for in psych reports?
11.30 Block Two: Characteristics of a call to ordained life
The Bishop's Priorities
Traditional v Future ministry
12:15 Lunch (provided) 13.00 Block Three: Interviews and Reports