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 meeting the same standards as applying for a first district license: having held a local minister’s license for at least one year and the advance completion of six (6) courses in the Ministerial Course of Study, including History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene, along with numerous important written documents and assessments. These items and forms will be emailed from the Philadelphia MAC Director in the Summer and/or Fall of each year and are due to the appropriate destinations by a date designated by the Director.
The next Ministry Assessment Center weekend will take place in 2020 at a location on the Philadelphia District. Please contact the District MAC Director, Byron Hannon (email@example.com), for more information. Payment of the participation fee in full is required by the predetermined date to be announced.