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Synod 2013 Denies Shorter Entry Process for Non-CRC Pastors


Synod 2013 denied a request for a shorter training process for pastors who have received a theological degree and have served for at least five years in another denomination.

The request from Classis Heartland was to shorten the Ecclesiastical Program for Ministerial Candidacy (EPMC) from two years to one year. Classis Heartland said that some of the EPMC program’s courses overlap with seminary courses and other skills gained from ministry in local churches.

However, synod said no to their request with no discussion before the vote.

The reason for denying the change was that “the EPMC program has been carefully prepared over recent years to provide a uniform road of access to ministry in the CRCNA. Its integrity should be protected.”

Synod noted that the two-year time frame also allows program supervisors to get to know candidates better in order to ground them in the CRC.

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