Boards of Ordained Ministry
Behavioral Health Guidelines
The Behavioral Health Guidelines describe parameters of healthy functioning in individuals and evidence of critical behaviors that may require further exploration. Boards of Ordained Ministry use these to establish their own guidelines and standards for selecting and evaluating candidates and clergy.
Effectiveness Criteria for Clergy
Executive Summary of Research Findings
Clergy effectiveness is an important topic receiving a great deal of attention in many Christian denominations. This report summarizes the results of more than a decade of clergy effectiveness research commissioned by and in collaboration with the Advisory Committee on Psychological Assessment to the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) in The United Methodist Church.
Initial Research Report
Second Research Report
The first stages of this research are an analysis of the "job"/ministry performed by local church pastors to determine the major tasks that make up that job, and what knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics (KSAPs) contribute to effectively performing those tasks. The goal was to identify a set of competencies that describe an effective pastor. This is a preliminary report based on a small sample; it has not yet been validated with a large-scale sample. A large-scale study is underway.
The December 2010 report summarizes the results of the current study and survey, which identifies KSAPs critical to the effectiveness of clergy serving in local congregations.
Clergy Mentor Toolkit for Annual Conference Leaders
This resource notebook is for annual conference leaders in charge of the mentoring ministry. It focuses on clergy mentors who relate to local pastors in the Course of Study, as well as to provisional members moving toward deacons' or elders' orders, or full membership and recognition of orders.