MFCA Process Guide: Part Two, Step Five

THE CARE AND SUPERVISION PROCESS LEADING TO CERTIFICATION OF FITNESS FOR MINISTRY

Three caring and supervisory relationships are provided for the candidate during this period. They link the candidate to

  • the home church;
  • the classis and its Candidate Care Committee; and
  • the RCA institution or agency of theological education in which the candidate is enrolled.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep each of these three entities informed of her current mailing address, study plans, concerns, and needs.

A. The home church continues to maintain a caring and supportive role with the candidate, who remains subject to the ecclesiastical discipline of the board of elders.

B. The classis supervises the candidate in the following ways:

1. Examination of the candidate in the appropriate disciplines at the conclusion of each year of seminary training.
2. Granting of a provisional license to preach after each year of study and, prior to the final year, the right to receive a promise of a call.
3. Provision of continual guidance and care until the candidate is ordained or otherwise terminates the care relationship.

C. NBTS, WTS, or the MFCA supervises the candidate in the following ways:

1. Superintendence of the candidate’s academic curriculum. The RCA has designated the following studies as indispensable for the proper exercise of the ministerial office of the church: RCA confessional statements, history, missions, polity, and worship.
2. Superintendence of the candidate’s supervised ministry.
3. Guidance in areas of spiritual formation. 
4. Guidance in personal growth. This may include the use of psychological and/or vocational assessments.
5. Encouragement in matters that relate to denominational identity.