Pathways to Ministry and Service
What steps you take to serve in ministry, depends on what pathway is right for you. Take some time to explore these four pathways:
Pathway 1: Basic Elder or Deacon or Church leader training
Do you feel called to take a new leadership role in your church, from becoming an elder to teaching Sunday School, but don't feel fully equipped for this new responsibility? Pathway 1 could be an option for you. With this choice you can attend Classis Red Mesa Sponsored Training Events.
Examples of Past Training Events
Pathway 2: Deeper Church leader training and License to Exhort (Preach)
Enroll in the 3 year Leadership Development Network. Those who complete the full program are examined by Classis in their third year. If they pass their examination then they receive a license to preach in Classis Red Mesa churches. The LDN also helps church leaders who simply want to grow in their ministry skills.
Pathway 3: Commissioned Pastor
Graduates of the Leadership Development Network (LDN) can pursue deeper training in order to become a “commissioned pastor” in Red Mesa. Commissioned pastors are authorized to perform many of the many roles of a fully ordained Minister of the Word. TEAMS is currently developing an official learning plan for Commissioned Pastor candidates.
Pathway 4: Minister of the Word
Some church members feel a special call to become a Minister of the Word. This requires enrollment in a Masters of Divinity program at an accredited seminary. Most CRC ministers receive training at Calvin Theological Seminary. Some students start at other seminaries and then conclude at Calvin Seminary. Recently, Calvin Seminary developed a distance learning program which enables students to pursue a Masters of Divinity decree online from their own home.
Do you have further questions about any of these pathways to ministry?
Please contact Pastor Rob Byker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Pastor Susan LaClear (email@example.com) for more information.
You can also download a document with information on each of these pathways to ministry