Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Teaching and Ruling Elders Only
Rev. Andrew Barton
CPM is responsible for shepherding inquirers and candidates for ordination as Teaching
Elder and commissioning as Commissioned Ruling Elder in the PC(USA) through the process of
discerning and embracing their call to ministry. Through one-on-one relationships with
individual committee members as their liaisons, inquirers and candidates navigate the logistical
requirements and spiritual discovery of what it means to serve a church as teaching
elder/pastor or commissioned ruling elder. CPM members attend monthly meetings as well as
fulfilling the role of liaison for assigned inquirers/candidates. Liaisons make frequent contact
with assigned candidates and inquirers to review where they are in the process and provide
prayer and support.
A heart for mentoring; a willingness to be in an honest relationship with individuals
seeking to discern God’s call in their lives; a willingness to become familiar with the ordination
and commissioning processes as determined by the Book of Order and the Presbytery.