Transferring into the EPC

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FROM WITHIN THE REFORMED TRADITION 

 

The requirements to transfer ordination for a minister who was ordained within the Reformed tradition is as follows:

FROM OUTSIDE THE REFORMED TRADITION 

 

The requirements to transfer ordination for a minister who was ordained outside of the Reformed tradition is as follows:

  • A valid call from an EPC congregation or approved ministry
  • Credentials of education required by those seeking ordination
  • Verification of ordination credentials
  • Passing written examinations in the following areas: 
  • Passing oral examinations by the presbytery in the following areas: 
    • Christian experience of saving grace and progress in spiritual growth
    • English Bible 
    • Theology, Sacraments & Reformed Traditions
    • Polity

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.

HELPFUL RESOURCES 

 

These resources are available on www.epcresources.org or by calling the Office of the General Assembly at 407-930-4239. For more information, contact the Office of the Stated Clerk.

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

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 e-mail the Office of the Stated Clerk to obtain a printed version.

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