Ordinands, Transfers, and
Commissioned Pastor Applicants
We are excited for God's call upon your life and your connection in the EPC Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic. Please access the forms below that are pertinent to your calling and make note of the deadline. Please know, too, that we are praying for you as you go through this process.
All examinees are orally examined by the Exam Team before they stand before Presbytery. These five-part examinations are usually held in March, August, and early January.
NEXT FIVE-PART ORAL EXAMINATION:
August 26, 2021
EPC Transfers will be examined on EPC-specific knowledge and to get to know them. We want to see if they are a good fit for the PMA. See the EPC Transfer study guide below.
Reformed Transfers will not be re-examined on details of theology, history, the languages, and so on, that have already been sustained by a trusted Presbytery. However, we will examine them on EPC-specific knowledge and to get to know them. We want to see if they are a good fit for the PMA. This exam is more extensive than for inner-EPC transfers. See the Reformed Transfer study guide below.
Study Guide - for Reformed TRANSFERS
Study Guide - for ORDINANDS
FORMS AND PERTINENT INFORMATION
Steps to Transfer From A Reformed Body (including documents & forms to be submitted)
Commissioned Pastor Checklist
For Background Check: Information Reporting Services, Inc. Authorization Form
For Background Check: Information Reporting Services, Inc. Request Check Form
Personal Information Form (PIF) Addendum
Twelve (12) Questions for Ordinands & All Transfers
More information about the three GA written exams for Ordinands
English Bible Exam - an exam that requires knowledge of Bible content. The majority of the exam is multiple choice/true-false/matching with a few short answer questions. See the practice exams at http://www.whitneyhq.com/biblecontent/. Those should alert you to any weak areas that need to be re-studied. No books, Bibles or notes are allowed for the Bible exam. Maximum time for the exam is 2 hours.
Theology/Sacraments/Reformed Tradition Exam - you should use the EPC study guide available to download from here. The exam is mixture of true/false, multiple choice, matching, short answer and sort essay questions. A printed Bible text is allowed. It may not be a study Bible or one with cross references. No other books or personal notes are allowed. Maximum time for the exam is 3 hours.
Polity Exam - Read and digest the EPC Book of Order (Books of Government, Worship, Discipline). It is available to download from here. Question types are the same as the Theology exam above. No Bibles, books, or notes are allowed. Maximum time is two hours.
Exams should be taken as a “unit,” that is, within a span of three weeks.