The Evangelical Catholic Church is
committed to accepting gifted and qualified candidates to serve the
Church as her ministers.
Our first step in the prevention of
any possible misconduct is to identify within all of our potential
candidates for formation qualities and characteristics lead to
healthy ministry. We believe that future behaviors can be
predicted by past behaviors. Thus all candidates for formation
undergoes a vigorous background check prior to their acceptance into
any of our formation programs.
In considering the application of any
candidate for any of our formational programs, the Church seeks the
following qualifications of our candidates:
Holiness: Is there a authentic
presence of Christ in the life of a candidate? What are the
gifts which this candidate may bring to their ministry? Does
this person practice safe boundaries in their life? What
strategies does a candidate have in their lives to support and
maintain their healthy boundaries?
ministry requires many levels of competency. The People of God
deserves to be served by ministers with the highest level of
academic and spiritual formation. Does a candidate possess the
necessary competencies to serve in public ministry? Will this
person have the ability to build up their ministry? Does the
leadership style of this person help or hinder their ability to lead
a parish or mission?
Maturity and Stability in Life: Does
this person demonstrate personal and professional maturity which
points towards a successful ministry?
All candidates for formation and/or
incardination are required to undergo the battery of psychological
testing as prescribed by our policies. Should the results from
the psychological testing indicate strong propensities and
indicators of abusive behaviors, the Church will decline such
applications to enter formation or for incardination.