ORDINATION/COMMISSIONING APPLICATION QUESTIONNAIRE
DBMD NO. 5
This application questionnaire assumes the candidate has completed the Course of Study, has had some years of experience, and is nearly ready for ordination/commissioning. The Personal Data Inventory Questionnaire should have been completed earlier. The answers on this questionnaire will enable the district leaders to judge the readiness of the candidate for ordination/commissioning. It should be completed carefully and fully.
Preliminary Data
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Name
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Date of birth
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Age
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Address
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1.Please give an update on your marital and family record.
Your answer
2.Does your spouse/fiancé testify to conversion?
3. Does your spouse/fiancé testify to sanctification?
4. Explain any reservation your spouse/fiancé may have about being married to an ordained minister in the church.
Your answer
5.Explain any problem your spouse/fiancé may have experienced "fitting in" as a minister's companion.
Your answer
6. Do you or your spouse/fiancé have any obligations that might interfere with your primary ministry?
6a. If yes, explain.
Your answer
7. Do you consistently meet all financial commitments so that you do not compromise your ministry or standing with your creditors?
8. Are you now, or have you ever been, involved in a court case where charges have been brought against you?
8a. If yes, explain.
Your answer
Health Information
9. Comment on your present state of health. Include any major illnesses since filing the Personal Data Inventory Questionnaire.
Your answer
10. Have you ever had a nervous breakdown or an emotionally traumatizing experience?
10a. If yes, please explain.
Your answer
11 State any health factors in your family which might have a bearing on your ministry.
Your answer
Ministerial Qualification
12. What devotional patterns have you built into your life?
Your answer
13. Are you maintaining a life of personal purity and moral integrity?
14. What is your understanding of the experience of entire sanctification?
Your answer
15. Have you experienced, or are you diligently seeking this grace?
16. What terms would you use to describe your present relationship with God?
Your answer
17. Of what Wesleyan church are you now a member?
Your answer
18. Of what Wesleyan church is your spouse a member?
Your answer
19. When were you first issued a district license in The Wesleyan Church?
Your answer
20. By what district?
Your answer
21. How long have you carried a district license continuously?
Your answer
22. This is the most important step in your quest for ordination/commissioning. Please comment again on the urgency of your call to the ministry. Include in your answer your understanding of whether a call is for a lifetime, or whether it is acceptable to go into secular employment and become an ordained minister without appointment.
Your answer
23. Most districts have long lists of ministers without appointment who have been in secular work for years and may never plan to go back into the ministry. Do you envision this happening to you?
24. Are you determined to make the ministry your life's work?
25. Do you plan to give full time to the ministry?
26. What ministerial experiences have you had?
Pastor, Evangelist, Other Give places and dates for each.
Your answer
27. What do you feel will be the main focus of your ministry?
Your answer
28. List, in order of importance, what you consider the most vital qualities necessary for making a person a good minister.
Your answer
29. How would you define what it means to be "successful" in ministry?
Your answer
30. Which the pastoral functions do you have had some practical experience?
Indicate the level of preparedness or competency you feel in each area with 1 Lack Competence - 6 Prepared
(Leave blank if you have no experience)
Basic pattern, sermon preparation
Lack Competence
Prepared
Visitation--hospital
Lack Competence
Prepared
Visitation--shut-in
Lack Competence
Prepared
Visitation--elderly
Lack Competence
Prepared
Visitation--prospects
Lack Competence
Prepared
Visitation--community canvass
Lack Competence
Prepared
Visitation--business, professional
Lack Competence
Prepared
Visitation--evangelism
Lack Competence
Prepared
Method of personal evangelism
Lack Competence
Prepared
Method of discipling
Lack Competence
Prepared
Membership training
Lack Competence
Prepared
Membership reception
Lack Competence
Prepared
Membership transfer
Lack Competence
Prepared
Premarital counseling
Lack Competence
Prepared
Wedding(s)
Lack Competence
Prepared
Marital counseling
Lack Competence
Prepared
Pre-funeral pastoral care
Lack Competence
Prepared
Baptismal service
Lack Competence
Prepared
Administering Lord's Supper
Lack Competence
Prepared
Planning worship service
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing bulletin
Lack Competence
Prepared
Conducting worship service
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preaching
Lack Competence
Prepared
Planning midweek service
Lack Competence
Prepared
Planning special day observance (Christmas, Easter, etc.)
Lack Competence
Prepared
Planning revival
Lack Competence
Prepared
Conducting revival
Lack Competence
Prepared
Planning missionary convention
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing newspaper article
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing newspaper ad
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing agenda for LBA
Lack Competence
Prepared
Session of the LBA
Lack Competence
Prepared
Session of the LCC
Lack Competence
Prepared
Sunday school organization
Lack Competence
Prepared
Sunday school supervision
Lack Competence
Prepared
Relation to auxiliaries (WW, etc.)
Lack Competence
Prepared
Office management
Lack Competence
Prepared
Maintaining membership lists, etc.
Lack Competence
Prepared
Property and legal matters
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing annual church budget
Lack Competence
Prepared
Managing church finances
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing reports to LBA
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing reports to DS
Lack Competence
Prepared
Preparing reports to district conf.
Lack Competence
Prepared
District responsibilities
Lack Competence
Prepared
Ministerial association
Lack Competence
Prepared
31. Lifelong personal growth and self-improvement are essential to effective ministry. What do you plan to do to keep current in the areas of intellectual stimulation, pastoral care and counseling, church administration, and theological understanding?
Your answer
32. Have you seen individuals converted and incorporated into the church as a result of your ministry? Please be specific.
Your answer
33. Have individuals been encouraged to grow spiritually because of your involvement in their lives? Explain.
Your answer
34. What do you believe will be the strongest area of your ministry? The weakest?
Your answer
35. What do you conceive to be the purpose or meaning of ordination, and why do you desire to be ordained?
Your answer
36. What do you believe will be the effect of the strain of living constantly in the public eye on your family? Please comment.
Your answer
Churchmanship
37. Do you, or have you had, any reservations concerning your loyalty to The Wesleyan Church? Explain.
Your answer
38. Will you be conscientious in your promotion of the district and general interests of the Church?
39. Can you give full support to the institutions of The Wesleyan Church?
39a. If no, explain.
Your answer
Read again the Membership Commitments of The Wesleyan Church (Discipline paragraphs 260-268). Can you fully support, practice and teach the principles of living outlined? If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
40. Honor The Lord's Day
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
41. Abstain from Spiritism
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
42. Exercise Faithful Stewardship
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
43. Demonstrate a Positive Social Witness by abstaining from all gambling
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
44. Demonstrate a Positive Social Witness by abstaining from destructive substances (Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, etc)
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
45. Demonstrate a Positive Social Witness by Refraining from membership in secret societies
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
46. Follow the Scripture’s Teaching on Marriage and Divorce
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
47. Preserve the Sanctity of the Home
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
48. Work to Advance God’s Kingdom
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
49. Grow in Knowledge, Love and Grace
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
50. Preserve the Integrity of the Church with Reference to Speaking in Tongues
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
51. Do Good to all People
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
52. Respect the Right of All People
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
53. Be Honest, Just, and Faithful
If you have hesitancy or questions please explain.
Your answer
54. What is your attitude toward the district budget assessments and the United Stewardship Fund assessments of the General Church?
Your answer
55. How will you work for 100% payment of these assessments in the churches you pastor?
Your answer
56. To what extent do you or will you promote prayer support and giving to the missionary causes of The Wesleyan Church?
Your answer
57. How long have you been faithful in the storehouse tithing of your personal income? (See Discipline 465)
Your answer
58. What should be the relationship between the local pastor and his district superintendent?
Your answer
59. Are the records of your church membership and constituency current?
60. Please explain any special difficulties you have had in maintaining a good relationship with the churches you have pastored?
Your answer
61. Are you current in your reporting to the district and its officials?
62. If you were not clear as to the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit to a specific assignment, would you accept the direction and appointment of the district as the will of God and enter joyfully upon the assigned appointment?
63. Are you willing, if needed, to take a small church and supplement your income by means of other employment?
64. If you find it necessary to take other employment, will you work toward the goal of becoming full time in the ministry?
65. In regard to your schedule--Are there demands on your time that conflict with the Christian ministry?
66. In regard to your schedule--What would you do if you were faced with conflicts with your primary ministry?
Your answer
67. In regard to your schedule--How many hours each week is a reasonable work load for a consecrated pastor?
Your answer
68. In regard to your schedule--How many hours each week should you spend with your spouse and family?
Your answer
69, Comment on your understanding of the biblical teaching on divorce as well as on divorce and remarriage.
Your answer
70. Indicate the social issue on which you have strong views and in which you might become actively involved in your ministry.
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Concern for the poor
World hunger
Racial equality
Women's rights
Pornography
Homosexuality
Abortion
Aging and the elderly
Euthanasia
Substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc)
71. Explain your views on those issues about which you feel very strongly and explain how they may affect your ministry.
Your answer
Membership Commitments
72. Can you practice and proclaim total abstinence as the appropriate response to abuse of such substances as alcohol, tobacco and drugs used for purposes other than proper medical treatment?
73. What basis do you give for abstaining from membership in secret societies and lodges which are oath bound?
Your answer
74. Would you knowingly take into membership individuals who do not live up to the lifestyle practices outlined in the Membership Commitments?
If yes, explain.
Your answer
75. Are you persuaded that the practice of Homosexuality is contrary to Scriptural teaching and that the church should boldly teach that a marriage between a man and a woman should be the only context for sexual activity?
76. How should Christians use their leisure time?
Your answer
77. Are you persuaded that the Holy Scriptures are the fully inspired and inerrant written Word of God, and that they contain sufficiently all doctrine required for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?
Comment on your understanding of this commitment.
Your answer
78. What is your understanding of the Holy Trinity?
Your answer
79. What do you believe about the nature and deity of Jesus?
Your answer
80. Comment on the importance of Christ's resurrection to the gospel.
Your answer
81. What is your understanding of humankind--the origin, original nature and present nature of persons apart from Christ?
Your answer
82. Briefly state what you understand by the term: Atonement
Your answer
83. Briefly state what you understand by the term: Justification
Your answer
84. Briefly state what you understand by the term: Regeneration
Your answer
85. What is your position on - Free will?
Your answer
86. What is your position on - The security of the Christian?
Your answer
87. What is your position on - The possibility of complete apostasy
Your answer
88. What is the nature and work of the Holy Spirit?
Your answer
89. What do you understand to be the "gifts of the Spirit?" For what purpose are they given? To whom? Give scriptural evidence for your answer.
Your answer
90. What is your understanding of the "gift of tongues?" Is it the evidence of being filled with the Spirit?
Your answer
91. State what you believe to be the scriptural significance of baptism, mode(s) of baptism and who is eligible.
Your answer
92. What is the meaning and purpose of the Lord's Supper? Include in your answer who may administer and who may participate.
Your answer
93. What is your understanding of the Second Coming of Christ?
Your answer
94. What do you understand to be the destiny of the Christian, of the unbeliever, or of the person who has never heard the gospel?
Your answer
95. The Wesleyan Church believes that God calls both men and women into ordained/commissioned ministry. Will you continue to support this position?
If no, please explain.
Your answer
The information provided on this form is confidential.  It is only for use by the Wesleyan District Board of Ministerial Development and Wesleyan Church officials and will not be released or provided to any other parties I hereby freely give permission for the use of this information by the district and general officials of The Wesleyan Church and waive my right to examine any confidential information about me provided by other persons. Further, I understand that ordination/commissioning by The Wesleyan Church is a privilege granted me, not a right that I claim. I hereby acknowledge the authority of the Church in granting ordination/commissioning to those who, after thorough examination, are believed to have the gifts, fruit and call of God. Also, I understand that though I may complete all of the academic requirements for ordination/commissioning, it does not guarantee my ordination/commissioning.
By typing your name below you are agreeing to the above statement.
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