Preparation

I have been preparing for an examination with the Board of Ordained Ministry in connection with my request for Probationary Membership and Commissioning. Today, I have been focused on responding to questions from paragraph 329.4 from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2004. When ready to submit to the conference level board, I hope to post responses to these questions. The questions are:

  • Describe your personal experience of God and the understanding of God you derive from biblical, theological, and historical sources.
  • What is your understanding of evil as it exists in the world?
  • What is your understanding of humanity, and the human need for divine grace?
  • How do you interpret the statement Jesus Christ is Lord?
  • What is your conception of the activity of the Holy Spirit in personal faith, in the community of believers, and in responsible living in the world?
  • What is your understanding of the kingdom of God; the Resurrection; eternal life?
  • How do you intend to affirm, teach and apply Part II of the Discipline (Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task) in your work in the ministry to which you have been called?
  • The United Methodist Church holds that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.
  • What is your understanding of this theological position of the Church?
  • Describe the nature and mission of the Church. What are its primary tasks today?
  • Discuss your understanding of the primary characteristics of United Methodist polity.
  • How do you perceive yourself, your gifts, your motives, your role, and your commitment as a probationary member and commissioned in The United Methodist Church?
  • Describe your understanding of diakonia, the servant ministry of the church, and the servant ministry of the probationary member and commissioned minister.
  • What is the meaning of ordination in the context of the general ministry of the Church?

  • Describe your understanding of an inclusive church and ministry.
  • You have agreed as a candidate for the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the most effective witness of the gospel, and in consideration of their influence as ministers, to make a complete dedication of yourself to the highest ideals of the Christian life, and to this end agree to exercise responsible self-control by personal habits conducive to bodily health, mental and emotional maturity, integrity in all personal relationships, fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness, social responsibility, and growth in grace and the knowledge and love of God. What is your understanding of this agreement?
  • Explain the role and significance of the sacraments in the ministry to which you have been called.