3. Locally Trained Priests – Expectations

3.1 At the heart of the priesthood is a Christian person whose ministry is within a worshipping community proclaiming the Gospel, presiding over the sacraments, teaching, and modelling the Christian life. The priest’s presence symbolizes Christ in the care of the souls in the community.
Priests remind the Church that it is Christ the Great High Priest who intercedes, forgives, and blesses. Priests signify to the Church that authentic participation in God’s redemptive mission will always be dependent on Christ’s power rather than our own.

3.2 After training, education and formation, and prior to ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Kootenay the candidate will be expected to:

3.2.1 Have completed all the courses listed herein and all the steps in the discernment process.

3.2.2 Manifest a personal spirituality which demonstrates an integration of body, mind, and spirit working towards wholeness. This spiritual maturity is not only demonstrated in regular participation in the liturgical life of the community, but also in an explicit commitment to spiritual growth, and a disciplined life of prayer. Clergy are encouraged to receive spiritual direction, if possible.

3.2.3 Have a commitment to develop a Discernment group which reports regularly to the Bishop and the Commission. (See Appendix A)

3.2.4 Have a healthy attitude towards his/her own personal and spiritual care, as well as a commitment to forming a support group, which meets regularly with the candidate for prayer, reflection and discussion of ministry, and self care. The support group will serve for one year after ordination. (See Appendix B)

3.2.5 It is possible that, depending on the size of the parish, these groups will need to be combined. (See Appendix C)

3.2.6 Have an ability to reflect critically and creatively on his/her spiritual, theological and behavioural assumptions, as well as her/his own ministry practice.

3.2.7 Be able to demonstrate competence in the Scriptures and church history. In order to demonstrate that competence, the candidate must have:

    • a basic knowledge of the content of the Scriptures including the Apocrypha.
    • the ability to set Scriptural texts in their historical context.
    • a familiarity with resources for scriptural exegesis.
    • a basic familiarity with the development of the Christian church in the West in general, and the Anglican Communion in particular.
    • a familiarity with the history and development of the Anglican Church in Canada

3.2.8 Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of Christian theology especially as it relates to baptismal and priestly ministry, this will require:

    • a basic knowledge of the primary themes of Christian theology, i.e., the Trinity, the person and work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, Christian hope, and the mission and ministry of the church.
    • an ability to clearly articulate a personal confession of faith.
    • an ability to interpret the baptismal covenant.
    • an ability to articulate a theology of the priesthood in relation to the ministry of all the baptized, and to the ministry of the ordained.

3.2.9 Be able to demonstrate a competence in the area of ethical decision making. This will require:

  • a familiarity with theological processes of ethical decision making.
  • an ability to relate the processes of ethical decision-making to ethical questions in the
  • family, congregation, workplace, community, and society at large.

 

3.2.10 Be able to demonstrate competence in Christian worship with a special focus on the priest in the liturgy. This will require:

  • a familiarity with the structures and general history of Christian worship.
  • an understanding of and ability to exercise priestly liturgical roles
  • an ability and commitment to involve and equip others in appropriate liturgical roles
  • an ability to plan and lead services within the worship tradition of the Anglican Church of Canada

 

3.2.11 Be able to demonstrate competence and potential in the following areas:

  • of leadership and administration, small group work and congregational development relevant to the exercise of her/his priestly ministry
  • of empowering and equipping others.
  • of stewardship
  • be familiar with the educational skills required for the fields pertaining to her/his chosen ministry
  • be familiar with the resources available which would assist the Priest in carrying out his/her chosen area of ministry.
  • of pastoral care
  • of evangelism and mission
  • have the potential and skill in guiding and shaping the life of the church community and God’s mission in the world
  • have an ability to exercise the skills requisite to a priestly ministry.
  • understand the importance of collegial relationships.
  • be familiar with the canons and policies of the Diocese of Kootenay.
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