Information and links regarding ordination for many of the denominations represented at McCormick are listed below.
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.
Ordination requirements differ. Some are formal, such as those required in the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church. Others, such as those practiced in the Church of Christ (Pentecostal) are more informal and often a function of denominational networks and local bishops.
If you have any questions about seeking ordination in your denomination, please speak with your local church pastor as early as possible before or at the start of your seminary degree.
What follows is introductory information to the process of ordination in various denominations that McCormick students represent.
McCormick is home to students from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds. While many of its students hold membership in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), many comprise the wide spectrum of traditions and models for ministry found in the Chicago metropolitan area and the Midwest. Common to all our students is an openness to one another that is rooted in a shared faith in Jesus Christ.
Ordination Information and Resources