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ACNA West Examining Chaplains Gather
for Initial Meeting to Develop a
Common Presbyteral Ordination Examination
Ten Examining Chaplains and two Bishops and one consultant gathered at Jesus the Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Henderson, NV from June 15th through June 17th to begin development of a common Presbyteral Ordination Examination for the five Dioceses of the ACNA West consortium. Representatives from the Diocese of Western Anglicans, the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO), the Diocese of San Joaquin and the Diocese of Cascadia reviewed the Canonical Core Competencies developed by the ACNA West working group at meetings through last winter, at which the Anglican Diocese of the Southwest was present. The Chaplains then divided into four working groups to begin question development in the nine Canonical areas specified by the ACNA Canons which candidates for the Priesthood must demonstrate competency.
While each Diocese will maintain its own ordination discernment and preparation process, the hope of the group is that the development of a single, common Ordination Exam will maximize resources in question development and assessment across the Dioceses. In addition, the development of such resources as shared study guides, bibliographies and test questions will create a central body of knowledge that brings unity across the Dioceses.
The group brings a wealth of pastoral experience, intellectual capacity and education to the table. The most significant task for the week was to build relationships and trust among the Chaplains from different Dioceses and then to agree on a common purpose. What truly binds the Chaplains together is a desire to ensure that those who are entrusted with the task of shepherding the people of the Body of Christ through the exercise of priestly ministry have the knowledge they need for that great task.
While the task is a large one, the group left with an agreement to work on test question development through the summer and fall with the intention of administering the new exam to candidates for ordination in January 2017. All involved agreed that the purpose of the examination is assessment of a candidate’s knowledge and education so that any gaps could be identified and further training and mentoring provided.
The group will gather again in June 2017 to assess the first year of examinations and continue development of examination and preparation resources.
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