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Transferring into the EPC

If you are not an ordained minister, click here.

For a listing of current ministry opportunities, click here.

Requirements for transferring ministers ordained within the Reformed tradition

  • A valid call from an EPC congregation or approved ministry
  • Present credentials of education required by those seeking ordination
  • Verification of ordination credentials
  • Sustain oral examination by the presbytery on views in the following areas:
    • Christian experience of saving grace and progress in spiritual growth
    • Theology and Sacraments
    • English Bible
    • Book of Order
    • Reformed tradition
    • Nature of the office of Minister of the Word

Requirements for ministers ordained outside the Reformed tradition

  • A valid call from an EPC congregation or approved ministry
  • Credentials of education required by those seeking ordination
  • Verification of ordination credentials
  • Sustain written examinations in the following areas:
    • Theology and Sacraments
    • English Bible
    • Book of Order
    • Reformed tradition
    • Nature of the office of Minister of the Word
  • Sustain oral examinations by the presbytery in the following areas:
    • Christian experience of saving grace and progress in spiritual growth
    • Theology and Sacraments
    • English Bible
    • Book of Order
    • Reformed tradition
    • Nature of the office of Minister of the Word

In general terms, EPC ministers are expected to hold a high view of scripture and be able to "receive and adopt the system of doctrine contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms of this Church as containing the system of doctrine taught in Holy Scripture." Those seeking ordination in the EPC must put in writing any exceptions they may have to the Westminster standards. Presbytery votes to disallow them or to allow them if they are not considered affecting the Confession's system of doctrine.

You may find these materials helpful:

  • Westminster Confession (EPC Modern Language Edition)
  • The Shorter Catechism (EPC Modern Language Edition)
  • The Larger Catechism
  • EPC Information Packet
  • EPC Book of Order (including the Westminster Confession & Catechisms, Acts of the Assembly, and Service Forms).

You may order them from this web site or by calling the Office of the General Assembly (734-742-2020).

If you have further questions, contact the Office of the Stated Clerk by or at the phone number above.

A Personal Information Form (PIF) is required of all ministers seeking membership in a presbytery and also by most Search Committees.  Download a Personal Information Form or  the Office of the Stated Clerk to obtain a printed version.