Vocational Ministry

In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. Eunice Blanchard Poethig admin 03-27-2018
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McCormick mourns the passing of Rev. Eunice Poethig who returned to God on May 25, 2018. She graduated in the class of 1975 and is survived by her husband, Rev. Richard “Dick” Poethig, a former faculty member.

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Workshops offered through OSA for the professional and vocational benefit of students.
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The Office of Student Academics offers workshops and seminars covering a variety of topics to benefit graduates in their preparation for the next step in ministry.

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Students can register for an OSA workshop by contacting Alicia Rhine at arhine@mccormick.edu unless otherwise stated.

Questions

Questions about OSA workshops should be directed to Alicia Rhine at arhine@mccomrick.edu.

Questions about experiential education practica should be directed to Rev. David Watkins at dwatkins@mccormick.edu.

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The Office of Student Academics (OSA) provides current students with information and resources relevant to the vocation of ministry.
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The Office of Student Academics (OSA) helps support students in their journey toward ordination. We cooperate with church governing bodies of various denominations to provide assistance with vocational planning. 

For Presbyterian students, this includes assistance with ordination exam preparation, Personal Information Form (PIF) writing, and negotiating terms of call with congregations and other church agencies.  For students of other denominations, we offer vocational planning assistance and placement advising.

To this end, OSA works to:

1. Ensure timely responses to ecclesiastical queries and matters (such as candidacy process, Standard Ordination Examinations, etc.).

2. Offer workshops and seminars covering topics to benefit graduates in their preparation for the next step in ministry.

3. Serve as a resource for students preparing for ordination in the PC(USA) and multiple other denominations:

Ordination in the PC(USA)
Ordination in Denominations Other than PC(USA)

4. Connect students and alums seeking a call with churches and agencies seeking leadership.

       Job Listings
       Students and Alums Seeking a Call
       Students and Alums Available for Pulpit Supply

5. Connect students with other organizations doing vocational work and training for ministry.  

       Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
       Center for Emot. Intelligence & Human Relations Skills

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The Office of Student Academics (OSA) helps support students in their journey toward ordination. We cooperate with church governing bodies of various denominations to provide assistance with vocational planning. 

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Information and links regarding ordination for many of the denominations represented at McCormick are listed below.

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McCormick is a "community of communities," comprised of students from a wide variety of denominations. Many students serve as ministers and deacons in congregations and other ministries; others are already serving as church pastors, either full-time or in a bi-vocational situation. For any number of reasons (including requirements of denominations such as the AME) they have made a decision to attend seminary for a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Ministry degree.

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Clinical Pastoral Education is a supervised ministry experience that is a requirement for ordination in the PC(USA) and many other denominations.

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CPE brings theological students and ministers of all faiths into supervised encounters with persons in crisis in order to develop pastoral identity and skills, interpersonal competence, and enhanced abilities for theological reflection. Clinically trained, certified supervisors provide educational leadership in CPE. A full unit of CPE is a requirement for ordination in the PCUSA and many other denominations.

In preparing for the vocation of ministry, CPE is an essential building block for one's pastoral identity and skill building.