A minister is a man who is called by God in the Lord Jesus Christ, the King and Head of the Church, to a special ministry of the Word. – Form of Government X.A.1.
Minister and Church Data Forms
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ministers, licentiates and students of theology are encouraged to keep an up-to-date copy of their data form [download a form] on file at the ARP Center. Churches seeking ministers are likewise asked to keep an up-to-date data form [download form] on file. The blank forms may be downloaded from the links above, completed and e-mailed to Benefits Assistant Stephanie Bishop. Churches seeking ministers should also make contact through that link.
Becoming an ARP Minister
As a matter of policy, the General Synod does not maintain or circulate data forms for non-Associate Reformed Presbyterian ministers or non-Associate Reformed Presbyterian students of theology. Those seeking affiliation should read Chapter X “Concerning Ministers” of our Form of Government (PDF) and Study Questions for Presbytery Examinations. (PDF)
The General Synod’s Committee on Minister and His Work has approved the following procedure for those non-Associate Reformed Presbyterian Ministers (and Students of Theology) who desire the assistance of the presbyteries in seeking a Call in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church:
The Minister (or Student) should complete the prescribed data form [download a form] and make telephone contact with the Presbytery Chairman who is closest to him geographically. (Note: All our presbyteries are organized by geographical bounds.) The telephone contact will be for the purpose of arranging a time for an interview.
The Minister (or Student) should mail, FAX or e-mail the Data Form to the Presbytery Chairman with whom he has arranged the interview.
The Presbytery Committee/Commission on Minister and His Work will review the Data Form, arrange the interview, and determine whether or not to commend the Minister (or Student) for consideration for a Call to an Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
For those Ministers (or Students) commended for consideration for a Call, the Presbytery Chairman will initiate the distribution of the Data Form to the other Presbytery Chairman and to the Director of Outreach North America if an interest or aptitude as a Mission Developer has been evidenced.
Presbytery Committees/Commissions will use their discretion in making the Data Form available to churches in their presbytery.