The Candidates for Ministry (CFM) shall hear the testimony of those who desire to come under the care of the Presbytery as candidates for the Gospel ministry, and if the way be clear, shall present the candidates to the Presbytery when it meets. The CFM Committee shall counsel and encourage the candidates throughout the period of their preparation. The Committee shall encourage the churches within the Presbytery to offer the candidates opportunities for internship that they may test their gifts of ministry.
Each candidate who wishes to be taken under care SW Florida Presbytery will meet with the CFM Committee and make himself available for an interview regarding Christian Experience and Call to Ministry.
1) Examinations Liaison: One member of the CFM Committee will serve as liaison between the candidate and the Examination Committee. This member shall assist the candidate as he prepares for examination before the Examination Committee and the floor of Presbytery and report to the Examination Committee indicating the readiness of the man to be examined.
2) Internship Liaison: One member of the CFM Committee will serve as liaison between the candidate and the church in which he serves. This committee member will oversee the candidate’s internship as he works in conjunction with the church in which the candidate is serving. This Committee member will receive quarterly progress reports from the church assigned oversight of the candidate. This Committee member will also submit a report to the Examination Committee regarding the candidate’s internship, when the candidate seeks to be examined for licensure and/or ordination.
The Committee will seek a minimum of once-a-quarter, in-person meetings with each candidate and his spouse, when geographically possible, in order to counsel and encourage the candidates as they seek to confirm their calls to ministry. When a candidate is away at school or in a circumstance where face-to-face meetings are prohibited, assigned members of the Committee will make contact with those candidates in order to counsel and encourage the candidates as they seek to confirm their calls to ministry. This level of care will be provided to each candidate as long as he remains under the care of SW Florida Presbytery or until he has become ordained.
The CFM Committee will meet quarterly to hear from the candidates under the care of Presbytery and to discuss how the CFM Committee can further serve each candidate under its care.