THE GRANTING OF THE CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS FOR MINISTRY
A. For candidates enrolled at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Western Theological Seminary:
A candidate who meets the prescribed requirements and who has been certified by the faculty to be prepared to take the licensure and ordination examinations, is recommended to the seminary’s Board of Trustees as a candidate qualified to receive the Certificate of Fitness for Ministry. The Board of Trustees of the seminary acts as the General Synod’s agent on the recommendation of the faculty and grants the Certificate of Fitness for Ministry, which, along with the Master of Divinity degree, entitles the candidate to an examination by the classis for licensure and ordination.
B. For candidates enrolled at non-RCA seminaries through the Ministerial Formation Certification Agency:
The candidate is to follow the certification procedures as outlined in the Candidate Handbook. Materials such as those listed below are to be submitted to the MFCA office according to the time schedule given in the Candidate Handbook:
1. A transcript of the candidate's seminary academic record at the close of each school year.
2. Records of supervised ministry, internship, and/or Clinical Pastoral Education, with a written evaluation by the supervisor, at the close of each school year.
3. Records of designated psychological and/or vocational assessments and the criminal background check.
4. Evidence of successful completion of the RCA prescribed courses of study, including studies in RCA confessional statements, history, missions, polity, and worship.
5. An autobiographical statement describing the candidate's spiritual and vocational pilgrimage.
6. A credo paper stating the candidate's personal beliefs regarding all the main areas of Christian theology.
7. Evidence of having earned a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary.
A candidate who successfully completes the prescribed training requirements, including the annual standardized exam, and is judged by the Certification Committee to be a qualified candidate for the ministry of Word and sacrament, is recommended to the MFCA Board of Trustees for receiving the Certificate of Fitness for Ministry. The MFCA Board of Trustees acts on the recommendation of the MFCA Certification Committee as the General Synod’s agent and grants the Certificate of Fitness for Ministry, which, along with the Master of Divinity degree, entitles the candidate to an examination by the classis for licensure and ordination.