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Resolution 64 - The Ministry of the Church - The Supply and Training of Men

Resolution 64

The Ministry of the Church - The Supply and Training of Men for Holy Orders

In the matter of special preparation of candidates for the ministry, the Conference regards a competent knowledge of the Bible, of Christian worship, history, theology and morals, and pastoral work, together with training in the devotional life, as of the first importance. To this should be added instruction in reading and preaching. Beyond this we are anxious not to overload the curriculum of our theological colleges, but we believe it to be advantageous that students should be given such elementary instruction in psychology, the art of teaching, social economics and other studies bearing upon their life work as will encourage them to maintain their interest in these subjects after ordination. We express the hope that greater efforts will be made to stimulate the intellectual and spiritual life of the clergy especially in the earlier years of their service.