Prior to receiving a District License, every candidate (with spouse if married, or partner if engaged) is required to attend the Ministry Assessment Center (MAC) at their own expense. The purpose of this time together is to aid the Board of Ministry in providing assistance to the candidate in their self-awareness and preparedness for active ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. It helps identify the process needed for a ministerial candidate to prepare for such ministry, and provides many tools, ideas and affirmations.
MAC uses testing, evaluation, and interview processes to reinforce strengths, uncover concerns, and produce recommendations regarding each candidate's next steps for ministry preparedness.
The areas of self-awareness and preparedness that MAC focuses on are: spiritual formation; emotional health; understanding and acceptance of the seriousness and responsibility of the call of God to the ministry; harmony with holiness doctrine; areas of ministerial skills that a candidate must have and continue to develop; and denominational expectations for those called to ministry in the Church of the Nazarene.
Attendance at MAC requires advance completion of numerous important written documents and assessments. These items and forms will be emailed from the Philadelphia MAC Director in September of each year and are due to the appropriate people by October 31.
The next Ministry Assessment Center weekend will take place in January 2018 at a location on the Philadelphia District. Please contact the District MAC Director, Larry Cook, for more information. Payment in full is required by November 17, 2017 for the 2017 MAC Assessment.