Ministerial Vocation Resources

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Ministry Staff Opportunities
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Ministerial and Candidate Committees Procedure Manual
Commended Resources
Additional Resources
EPC Seminary Scholarship
Relocation Services Discount



Ministry opportunities in the EPC are updated regularly on the Ministry Staff Opportunities page. Listings are at the request of the church. 

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As required by the EPC Book of Government, Section 13-2, candidates for ordination must successfully complete three written ordination exams: English Bible; Theology, Sacraments, and Reformed Tradition; and Polity.

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Procedure Manual for Ministerial and Candidates Committees

The Procedure Manual for Ministerial and Candidates Committees brings to together Scriptural principles, the EPC Book of Order, the legislative actions of the General Assembly, and standard practice relating to the ministry. The Manual also contains forms commonly used by presbytery committees. It is a valuable reference tool for the desk and computer of presbytery Ministerial and Candidates Committee members and also for every EPC minister and church office.

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The Ministerial Vocation Committee maintains a list of six commended resources in order to serve our churches and pastors. These resources are designed to help with pastoral searches, coaching, counseling, soul care, marriages, and (when necessary) crisis, burnout, and divorce recovery.

Broom Tree Ministries

Broom Tree Ministries
Broom Tree Ministries offers retreats at no cost to clergy couples (i.e., pastor and his/her spouse), with locations in western Michigan and southern Wisconsin.

Pastor In Residence Ministries

Pastor in Residence Ministries
Pastor in Residence (PIR) Ministries seeks to encourage and support pastors in their vocational transitions by helping exited pastors and their families find restoration and hope in a grace-centered church, and working to address issues of pastors in crisis. PIR’s website provides helpful resources to address pastoral issues, as well as a survey to help a pastor determine his or her level of risk for being exited.


The name says it all. PastorServe exists to coach and counsel ministers toward healthier and more effective ministry.

Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters Ministries
Leaders and their families in ministry face a unique combination of challenges in order to maintain healthy relationships on all fronts. Quiet Waters Retreat Center in the Denver, Colo., area provides licensed counselors and coaches who understand and want to equip you to renew, restore, and strengthen those relationships and plan for a positive future.

Starting Over

Starting Over Workshops
Dealing with the loss after divorce is one of the most painful times an individual can experience. In the midst of heartache, people are in desperate need of a loving and healing touch from God. Starting Over, led by EPC minister Mark Skalberg, has been providing hope and healing for more than 20 years to thousands experiencing divorce, separation, or the loss of a significant relationship. Participants receive the tools to practically process the emotional and social recovery of loss through compassion and biblical guidelines.

Vanderbloemen Search Group

Vanderbloemen Search Group
As experts in pastoral and ministry trends, the Vanderbloemen Search Group helps churches run the staff search process and ultimately hire great ministers and staff. The Vanderbloemen team has completed hundreds of searches serving churches and ministries from 70 to 70,000 in size, including nearly a hundred different denominations.

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These additional resources are designed to serve our churches, pastors, and candidates under care.

Deer Ridge Ministries

Deer Ridge Ministries
Founded in 2003, Deer Ridge Ministries is dedicated to supporting pastors and spouses by providing the gift of five-day rest-and-renewal retreats and other services of encouragement at their retreat center in Freeport, Ill.

E.L.I.M Retreats

E.L.I.M. Retreat Ministries
A ministry of Barnabas International, E.L.I.M. Retreat Ministries provides spiritual care and encouragement through six-day renewal retreats for global workers. Not restricted to missionaries, E.L.I.M. also ministers to pastors (expatriate and national), and sending agency staff. E.L.I.M. operates retreat locations in Huron City, Mich., and Eagle, Wis.

Moving On: Surviving the Grief of Forced Termination

Moving On: Surviving the Grief of Forced Termination
In this book, Deanna Harrison shares her own journey through the trauma of a forced ministry exit. Writing as the spouse of a pastor forced to resign, Moving On is a tremendous resource for those in ministry who have experienced the grief of a forced termination, for people who participate in local church leadership, and for anyone who knows a minister who has been terminated.

Pastors at Risk

Pastors at Risk
Published by Pastor in Residence (PIR) Ministries, this book by PIR founder and EPC minister Chuck Wickman addresses ten topics that often contribute to the dismissal of a pastor.

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Reformed Theological Seminary

Andrew Jumper Scholarship Fund
The Andrew Jumper Scholarship Fund is available to EPC Candidates Under Care in the Master of Divinity Program at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Scholarship recipients are expected to seek ministry positions within the EPC. Applications are available from any RTS Admissions Office or RTS Deans of Students.

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Armstrong Relocation

Armstrong Relocation Services
Special terms and discounts are available with United Van Lines to EPC churches, ministers, and church staff members. The agreement is coordinated out of the Chattanooga office of Armstrong Relocation and Companies. For a free relocation services estimate, call 1-800-283-5814, and identify yourself as a member of the EPC, or click here to request an online estimate (in the notes section of the request form, identify your association with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church).

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