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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRESENTER

VIEWS: 7 PAGES: 30

									TO:            CANDIDATES FOR FULL CONNECTION

FROM:          JOHN SIMMONS




RE: MATERIALS FOR FULL CONNECTION INTERVIEWS

We have received your Provisional Member Report in which you request ordination and admission into Full
Connection in the North Georgia Annual Conference. The Board of Ordained Ministry will meet to interview
candidates at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center April 10 – 12, 2011. For now, you will want to
reserve those days in their entirety for that purpose. As we get closer to the interviews, we will let you know
which one of those days you will need to be at Simpsonwood.

The materials you need to prepare for your interviews with the Board are enclosed. All papers, reports, forms,
CDs and DVDs are due in the Office of Ministerial Services no later than noon on February 8, 2011.

The enclosed instructions and checklist will guide you in completing your file for the Board. Remember that
only candidates whose files are in hand by noon on February 8, 2011 will be considered by the Board.

If you have questions about any of this, feel free to get in touch with Barbara Waits or me (678-533-1369).
Best wishes as you prepare for this important event in your life.




Please reply by e-mail (bwaits@ngumc.org) or by telephone (678-533-1367) to confirm receipt of packet.
                   WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO HAPPEN AT THE INTERVIEWS?

Welcome to the North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) interviews! We celebrate what God is doing in your
lives and look forward to working with you in ministry in the years to come. We also want you to know what to expect when you come
for your interviews.

Relationship to BOM
There are two sides to the BOM relationship with you as a candidate: support and accountability. The BOM wants our time
together to be an affirming experience of God’s grace for you. We offer spiritual, moral, financial, and collegial support to you during
your journey into ministry. At the same time, however, the BOM is also responsible for upholding the standards and ultimate sanctions
of ministry in the United Methodist Church. So we attempt to strike the delicate balance of grace (support and affirmation) and
law (accountability and evaluation) throughout the interview process.

Requirements for Commissioning and Ordination
The Book of Discipline sets forth the minimum requirements for commissioning and ordination. An Annual Conference may add to
those requirements, but it cannot subtract anything from them. In the interviews for provisional status, we look for “fitness and
readiness for ministry.” In the interviews for full connection, we look for “effectiveness in ministry.”

Structure of the BOM
The NGA BOM is composed of sixty-three clergy and laity divided into three teams, A, B, and C. You will be assigned to one of
those teams. The members of each team are divided into three interview committees: “The Called and Disciplined Life,”
“Theology and Doctrine,” and “The Practice of Ministry.”

The Interview Process
About three weeks ahead of time, we will notify you of the exact day of your interviews. We expect you to be present all day.
Since this is an interview, we are asking that no spouses, family, or friends attend. Lunch and supper will be provided.

During the interview process, it is important that you present your very best self and work. We expect your material to be
grounded in United Methodist theology and reflecting your deepest understanding of the questions asked. We will evaluate
your work accordingly. Regardless of the quality of the content, a poorly prepared paper sends a negative message. The BOM
expects your work to be grammatically and typographically correct.

We strongly recommend that you finish your material in time to allow for proofreading by you and by a friend or colleague.
Candidates for provisional membership and full connection may request a member of the BOM to review their paperwork.
BOM members who choose to assist candidates may serve in an advisory role; however, they should not write, rewrite, or
make substantive changes to candidates’ work. The opinions and suggestions of individual BOM members neither reflect nor
predict the BOM’s action.

Because these are “entrance interviews,” most candidates wear professional clothes. Be sure to bring your personal copy of
the papers you have prepared for the BOM so you can refer to them if necessary. You might also want to bring some reading
material as there will be several hours when you are waiting.

Helpful Suggestions for the Interviews
Though it may feel like it at times during the interview process, we’re not out to “trip you up.” To help ease some anxiety, here are
suggestions that may be helpful:
    1. If you don’t know the answer to a question you’re asked during an interview, then say so.
    2. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification.
    3. If you want to refer to your paper, feel free to do so.
    4. Try not to get defensive. If you do, that will come across to the interviewers.

Location of Interviews and Overnight Lodging
The interviews will be at Simpsonwood Retreat Center. Registration will be in the lobby of the Rollins Center. If you need to stay
overnight, please notify us ahead of time using the form enclosed with your interview material.




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Presenter for Interviews
Sometime before the retreat, you will be assigned a “presenter” from the BOM. You should contact your presenter as soon as
possible (at least two weeks before your interview) to schedule a time to discuss your materials. Your presenter will briefly
meet with you on the day of the interview and escort and introduce you to each of the interview committees. You have the right
to expect your Presenter to have reviewed all of your material and to meet with you before the day of your interviews. If you
encounter any difficulties in this area, please contact John Simmons, Jane Brooks or me as soon as possible.

Overview of the Interview Day
The day will begin with a brief devotion. This is an important time together as we are all seeking to serve God through the church, and
we all stand in the need of prayer, grace, guidance and forgiveness. After the devotion, candidates will be asked to give a very short
introduction of that includes name; home church; if serving a church, which one and the candidate’s assigned team: A, B, C. You will
spend twenty-five minutes talking with each of the three committees, with a five-minute break between interviews.

After your interviews, each of the committee from your team (Theology & Doctrine, Practice of Ministry, and Called and Disciplined
Life) will prepare a report of areas of strength and areas for growth. In the afternoon, these three committees will meet as the entire
team to share their recommendations. During their deliberations, you will meet with the team for an opportunity to amplify or correct
an answer you gave during your interviews. The team will also ask any follow-up questions they may have. The team will give
recommendations to the full BOM. If for some reason you feel you have not been treated fairly by an interview committee, please
see John Simmons, Jane Brooks or me before you meet with the full team in the afternoon.

After supper, the full BOM listens to each team’s recommendations on the candidates. Occasionally a candidate is asked to meet with
the full BOM for a question or a point of clarification. The BOM then determines whether each candidate seems “fit and ready for
ministry” as a provisional member, or has shown the degree of “effectiveness in ministry” necessary to be a deacon or an elder in full
connection. When you are told the decision of the BOM you are free to go.

The decision the BOM makes on the day of your interview is final, and it is not always predictable. For this reason, we
strongly suggest that you, your family, friends, co-workers and church members wait until after the retreat before making
plans or issuing invitations to attend the service of commissioning and ordination at Annual Conference.

Categories of Responses from the BOM
There are three categories of responses that you can expect at the end of the day: deferred pending appointment, deferred due to
deficiencies, and denial.

    A. Deferred Pending Appointment: Candidates who have met all the requirements, and passed all three committees are
       recommended for commissioning as provisional members of the Conference pending the availability of an appointment,
       or for ordination and election into full connection. The availability of an appointment is in the hands of the bishop and
       the cabinet, not the Board of Ordained Ministry.

    B. Deferred Due to Deficiencies: Each year, the Board has to say, “Not yet,” to some candidates. Candidates who are deferred
       because of deficiencies receive detailed explanations of where they could have done better and how they can improve
       before being interviewed again. If this is part of your evaluation, it is important that you take the instructions
       seriously.

    C. Denial: Occasionally the BOM has to say to a candidate, “We believe you are called to ministry, but not ministry as a
       deacon or elder in the United Methodist Church.” When we have to say this, we try to say it in love, and we only say it
       after serious and prayerful deliberation.

God’s blessings upon you as you prepare for the interviews. Please feel free to contact me at (706) 880-8297 or
qbrown@lagrange.edu, Jane Brooks (706) 291-8590 janenbrooks@bellsouth.net, or John Simmons (678) 533-1369
jsimmons@ngumc.org if you have any concerns or questions. I look forward to covenanting with you as a colleague in ministry.

In the Presence,



Quincy D. Brown, Chairperson




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                                GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
                                  North Georgia Annual Conference - 2011


1.   Prepare one (1) copy of the written materials (Sections A, B, and C). Separate the material into sections and
     staple each copy of each section together. Be sure your name is on all papers.

2.   Prepare one (1) CD which will contain all of your written/submitted materials (Sections A, B, and C).
     MATERIALS MUST BE IN WORD FORMAT ONLY. Be sure your name is written on the CD. Each section
     (Sections A, B, and C) should be a separate folder. Each folder should contain all questions and answers, etc. for
     that section. All questions and answers should be identified as to what number question and answer.

     EXAMPLE:        Folder for Theology & Doctrine: Items included within this folder are:
                                                      questions and answers (as one document, not as
                                                      a separate document for each question/answer)
                     Folder for Practice of Ministry: Items included within this folder are:
                                                      Bible Study, Sermon manuscript, Bulletin,
                                                      Background Sheet
                     Folder for Called & Disciplined Life: Items included within this folder are:
                                                      Biographical Statement, questions and answers

3.   Submit ten ( 10 ) DVD copies of your sermon or deacon alternative #2. Be sure your name is on all disk copies.

4.   Prepare the requested number copies cited for each of the items.

5.   Send or bring your written material, CD and DVDs to the Office of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation:

                     Dr. John A. Simmons
                     United Methodist Center
                     4511 Jones Bridge Road
                     Norcross, GA 30092

5.   All work must be completed and in the Office of Ministerial Services no later than noon, February 8, 2011.
     Candidates whose material has not been received by then will not be considered this year for full connection.

6.   A Checklist is provided to help you track your progress and make sure your package of materials is complete.




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                                                                                                          2011
                                          FULL CONNECTION
                                             CHECKLIST


  SECTION A: THEOLOGY AND DOCTRINE (needs to be on CD)
          ___     Responses to questions on Theology and Doctrine



  SECTION B: THE PRACTICE OF MINISTRY (needs to be on CD)
       * ___      Background information sheet for sermon
       * ___      DVDs of sermon (or deacon alternative # 2 if applicable) (name written on each) (10 DVDs)
       * ___      Manuscript or transcript of sermon
         ___      Plan for Bible Study
      ** ___      Choose one of three choices (Deacon Track) See Deacon Instructions
         ___      Narrative on effectiveness in ministry



  SECTION C: THE CALLED AND DISCIPLINED LIFE
          ___     Response to questions on Called and Disciplined Life (needs to be on CD)
          ___     Current/Update Autobiography (needs to be on CD)
          ___     Current Biographical Information Form (3 copies)
          ___     Current Credit Report with FICO Credit Score (3 copies)
          ___     New Background Affidavit (notarized) (1 notarized original plus 2 copies of original)
          ___     Questions for Determining U.S. Work Authorization (3 copies)
          ___     Follow-up Psychological Evaluation
          ___     Plagiarism Statement (3 copies)



  SECTION D: OTHER MATERIAL
          ___     Letters of reference (3 copies)



  *   A sermon not required of all persons on Deacon track. See Special Instructions for Deacons. The
      Bible Study is required of all candidates.

  ** This option is available only for those on the Deacon track.




Name of Candidate _____________________________________Date Completed_____________

Received by: ___________________________________________Date ______________________
                       (This checklist must be signed by person receiving materials)



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            EXAMINATION FOR FULL CONNECTION
          NORTH GEORGIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 2011

                SECTION A: THEOLOGY AND DOCTRINE

INSTRUCTIONS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

1.   The Board expects substantive answers to the questions -- a brief paragraph is not sufficient! Answers should be
     in essay format, one to four pages in length per answer, double-spaced with standard margins using 12 point font,
     printed by computer, using only one side of paper. The essay should demonstrate a basic understanding of the
     theological concept(s) the question addresses and should lead to further discussion and clarification in the
     interview group. Where appropriate use examples from your ministry, life experience, or work settings to
     illustrate how your theology is integrated into your work.

2.   Provide one (1) hard copy of your paper and be sure it is included on the CD.

3.   Copy each question above your answer. Be sure your name is on each page of your paper.

4.   All work must be completed and in the Office of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation (4511 Jones
     Bridge Circle, Norcross, GA 30092) no later than February 8, 2011 by noon.



QUESTIONS:
1.   How has the practice of ministry affected your experience and understanding of God?

2.   What effect has the practice of ministry had on your understanding of humanity and the need for divine grace?

3.   What changes has the practice of ministry had on your understanding of (a) The Lordship of Jesus Christ and
     (b) the work of the Holy Spirit?

4.   The United Methodist Church holds that scripture, tradition, experience, and reason are sources and norms for
     belief and practice, but that the Bible is primary among them. What is your understanding of this theological
     position of the Church?

5.   How do you understand the following traditional evangelical doctrines: (a) repentance; (b) justification;
     (c) regeneration; (d) sanctification? What are the marks of the Christian life?

6.   What are the meaning and the significance of the Sacraments?

7.   Describe the nature and mission of the Church. What are its primary tasks today?

8.   What is your understanding of (a) the Kingdom of God; (b) the Resurrection; and (c) eternal life?




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            EXAMINATION FOR FULL CONNECTION
          NORTH GEORGIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 2011

               SECTION B: THE PRACTICE OF MINISTRY

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

1.   Before proceeding, read through all of the instructions for this section. Deacon candidates, pay close attention to
     the special instructions on the next page.

2.   All written materials should be printed, by computer, standard margins, using 12 point font, using only one side
     of the paper.

3.   Submit one (1) hard copy of all written materials, and ten (10) DVD copies of sermon.

4.   All work must be completed and in the office of Ministerial Services (4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Norcross, GA
     30092) no later than February 8, 2011 at noon.

SERMON INSTRUCTIONS:

1.   Submit a manuscript or transcript (one (1) copy) of a sermon you have recently preached. Attach the provided
     Background Information Sheet to the hard copy of your written sermon and be sure it is also included on your
     CD. If a church bulletin or order of service was used, attach one copy to your manuscript and attach one copy to
     each of the ten DVDs submitted. Be sure your name is on all papers, CD and DVD.

2.   Video the sermon during a worship service with a congregation present - include the entire service from the
     beginning showing people coming in to when the service is over and the people are leaving. The video
     should show a congregation in attendance, as well as the person who is conducting the service. It is important
     that you provide a high quality DVD so that the committee can clearly hear the sermon and the congregation’s
     response in a live setting. Provide ten (10) copies of the DVD. Mark each copy with your name and the date.

3.   The text for your sermon can be any of this years lectionary passages for Advent or Epiphany. The sermon
     should be new and should communicate the Word that God is expressing to your listeners through this text.

4.   The sermon will be evaluated on content and delivery. Attention will be paid to scriptural exegesis, theological
     development, logical flow of ideas, vivid illustrations, voice quality, eye contact, animation, and grammar. The
     sermon should reflect your best effort.

EFFECTIVENESS IN MINISTRY:

     In three pages or less, describe an area of your work that clearly demonstrates your effectiveness in ministry.




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                                              BIBLE STUDY
                                        (Required of all candidates)


1. Prepare an outline for a 4-6 week Bible study for a specific group or class. You may choose any book or
books of the Bible. Examples: The Book of Job, The Gospel of John, The Synoptic Gospels.

2. The candidate will teach one fully developed session of the Bible study prior to the Board of Ordained
Ministry retreat. It is recommended that the entire Bible study be taught prior to the retreat.

3. Describe the group for whom the study is prepared. Who are they? What do you know about their Biblical
and theological understandings? What questions do you anticipate their bringing to this study? How does who
they are affect the teaching/learning processes you will choose?

4. List your expectations and goals in leading the study. What do you expect participants (including yourself)
to learn? What might you learn from the group? How do you expect participants to grow or change? What
might happen to you?

5. Develop an in-depth lesson plan for one session of the study.
  This should be detailed enough that anyone could pick it up and teach from it.

       a. What are your hopes and expectations for this session?

       b. What will be the physical setting for the session? How will the meeting place be arranged? Why?

       c. What teaching methods will you use?

       d. What theological themes will be covered? What place will critical study of the Bible have in the
          group session?

       e. What opportunities will be provided for participants to connect the insights of the study to their
          lives?

       f. What is your role- teacher, facilitator, participant, other?

6. List the references/sources you have used in developing the Bible study. What resources will you
recommend to the participants?




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The following Bible Study Evaluator’s Comment Sheet and Bible Study Break Down are included for
your assistance only. You do not have to complete it. These are tools used by board members in
evaluating the Bible study.
                                  Bible Study Evaluator’s Comment Sheet
Candidate’s Name: ______________________________________________________________
Is this a reasonable study for a four to six week period? Is the focus specific enough?
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
Does he/she understand the audience? Is he/she using appropriate vocabulary, life references, illustrations, etc.
for that group?
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
 How appropriate are the teaching/learning processes used for the selected group?
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________

Are the goals realistic? Are the goals aimed toward information or transformation?
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Were the titles, topics, scripture assignments and general objectives provided for each session appropriate?
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________

Evaluate the in depth session: is it detailed enough? Were appropriate teaching methods used? Was the
theology sound? Was the Bible used appropriately? Was life application included?
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________

General Comments:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________




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                                       BIBLE STUDY BREAK DOWN

Use the following instructions/questions to guide you as you prepare your Bible Study. This is a guideline and
included for you assistance only. You do not have to complete it. The Interview Committee will use this tool to
evaluate your work.

1. Prepare a teaching plan for a 4-6 week Bible Study for a specific group or class. You may choose any book
   or books of the Bible. Examples: The Book of James, The Gospel of John, The Synoptic Gospels.

Is it a reasonable study for that short a term? Is the focus specific enough? e.g. a four-week study on
Revelation vs. a four-week study on the Beatitudes.

2. Describe the group for whom the Study is planned. Who are they? What do you know about their Biblical
   and theological understandings? What questions do you anticipate their bringing to this study? How does
   who they are affect the teaching/learning process you will choose?

Do they understand their audience? Are they using appropriate vocabulary, life references, illustrations, etc. for
that group? ( e.g. A study for Middle School youth that uses words like eschatological, apocalyptic and
omnipresence.)

How appropriate are the teaching/learning processes used for that group? e.g. Using lecture format with
overheads, charts and maps for a young mom’s group.

3. List your expectations and goals in leading the Study. What do you expect the participants (including
   yourself) to learn? How do you expect the participants to grow or change? What might happen to you?

Are the goals realistic? e.g. “Students will be able to explain the mysteries of Revelation after this four week
study.” Are they aimed toward information or transformation? e.g. “I expect by the end of the four weeks the
students will be able to remember most of the Beatitudes.” vs. “I expect students will be able to articulate the
blessings in their own lives after studying the Beatitudes.”) Do they expect to learn anything from the students?

4. Write a teaching plan for all sessions of the Study.

For EACH session they should provide title, topic, scripture assignment and general objectives.

Develop an in-depth lesson plan for one session.
This should be detailed enough that anyone could pick it up and teach from it.

a. What are your hopes and expectations for this session?
See comments on #3

b. What will be the physical setting for the session? How will the meeting place be arranged? Why?
Does their arrangement promote interaction and inclusiveness?




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c. What teaching methods will you use?
Lecture, discussion, open-ended questions, journaling, creative response, group break outs, video, Power Point,
overheads, music, internet use, memorization, handouts, fill-in-the-blank sheets, homework, reports, etc.

d. What theological themes will be covered?
Are the themes and scriptures consistent? Are the themes too broad/narrow?

What place will critical study of the Bible have in the group session?
How much will the Bible be used as primary text vs. commentaries, the Study itself, and outside resources.

e. What opportunities will be provided for participants to connect the insights of the study to their lives?
’Life application’ parts: commitment cards, written responses, altar calls, and opportunities to articulate
“Because of this Study I will go and do….”

5. List references and sources you have used in developing the Bible Study. What resources will you
recommend to the participants?
Are the resources ones the students can actually get? Are they appropriate?




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                      SPECIAL SECTION B. INSTRUCTIONS
                          FOR DEACON CANDIDATES

IF YOUR APPOINTMENT IS TO THE LOCAL CHURCH:

1.   If you expect to assume any preaching responsibilities, submit a sermon using the same instructions as the
     candidates for Elders orders (see first page of Section B).

2.   OR, submit ten (10) copies of a DVD at least thirty (30) minutes in length showing how you proclaim the Word
     within the context of your ministry. In other words, show us how you actually practice ministry. For example, a
     minister of music might video a 30 minute Bible study in which he or she deals with the scriptural background to
     a cantata. A church administrator might video a session in which he or she shares Biblical understandings of
     stewardship with the finance committee.

     A three-to-five (3-5) page paper explaining the video event and giving an overview of your entire ministry must
     accompany the tape. Either way, you must still meet the requirements spelled out for the Bible study.

OR, IF YOUR APPOINTMENT AS A DEACON DOES NOT EASILY ALLOW RESPONDING
TO EITHER #1 OR #2:
1.   Respond in depth, using specific examples from your own ministry, to these questions. Remember to type the
     question above your answer:

     a. What is your understanding of your call to servant ministry as expressed in the role of Deacon in Full
        Connection?

     b. Describe the connection between work and worship in the ministry of a deacon.

     b. What is your understanding of the deacon’s appointment by a Bishop according to the
        provisions of the Book of Discipline?

     d. What is the meaning of ordination in the context of the general ministry of the church?

     e. Describe the ways in which you, as a deacon, will lead and support the congregation in its
        ministry, and will equip all baptized Christians for their ministry.

     f.   In what ways will you, as a deacon, seek to express the ministry of compassion and justice
          as you assist laypersons in claiming their own ministry?

     g. In what ways will you, as a deacon, help to connect the needs of the world and the gifts of
        the congregation?

     g. What are the rights and responsibilities of conference membership in full connection?

2.   The Bible Study requirement still applies even if you choose this option.




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                            BACKGROUND INFORMATION SHEET
                                                 for
                            Sermon Submitted to Board of Ordained Ministry

               (Staple one copy to each sermon manuscript and label each tape with your name)


NAME OF CANDIDATE__________________________________________________________________

BIBLICAL PASSAGE_____________________________DATE PREACHED _____________

SERMON TITLE________________________________________________________________________

CONFERENCE STATUS SOUGHT:
     Full Connection Deacon ______          Full Connection Elder ______
     Associate Member       ______


1. Describe briefly the setting in which the sermon was preached (nature of the congregation; concern to which
the sermon was addressed; type of service where sermon was delivered--e.g. Sunday morning or evening,
special service, etc.):




2. State in one sentence the message you sought to convey in this sermon.




3. How much preaching experience have you had to this point in your ministry?




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4. State your personal view of the importance of preaching in your role as a minister.




5. What is your personal evaluation of the effectiveness of your preaching ministry at this time in your
   ministry?




6. What was this sermon intended to accomplish?




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The following Guideline for Evaluating a Sermon is included for your assistance only. You do not have
to complete it. This is the tool used by board members to evaluate the sermon.

                               GUIDELINE FOR EVALUATING A SERMON


Overall impression of sermon



Faithfulness to text



Scriptural and theological integrity



How does sermon communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ?



Logical flow of ideas



Use of illustrations



Application to contemporary life (address question of "So what?")



Introduction and conclusion



Invitation or challenge to the congregation




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GUIDELINE FOR EVALUATING A SERMON (cont'd)


Original and fresh



Appropriate to context



Appropriate to preacher



Grammar



Diction: volume, clarity, mannerisms ("you know," "uh," etc.)



Eye contact



Hand/body gestures and expression




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                   EXAMINATION FOR FULL CONNECTION
                      NORTH GEORGIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE – 2011

                SECTION C: THE CALLED AND DISCIPLINED LIFE

INSTRUCTIONS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
1. The Board expects substantive answers to the questions -- a brief paragraph is not sufficient!
   Answers should be in essay format, one to four pages in length, double-spaced with standard
   margins using 12 point font, printed by computer, using only one side of paper.

2. Submit one (1) copy of all written materials and be sure it is included on the CD.

3. Copy each question above your answer. Be sure your name is on your responses to this section.

4. All work must be completed and in the Office of Ministerial Services (4511 Jones Bridge Circle,
   Norcross, GA 30092) no later than February 8, 2011 at noon.


QUESTIONS:

1. How do you conceive of your vocation as an ordained minister? Be as specific as possible.

2. Describe and evaluate your personal gifts for ministry. What are your areas of strength, and what
   are the areas in which you need to grow?

3. Are you willing to minister with all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, social
   status, or disabilities? What examples can you share of how you have done or might do this?
4. What is your understanding of the provisions in the Book of Discipline regarding confidentiality
   and conversations of a confessional nature? Will you honor those provisions?
5. For the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the most effective witness to the
   Christian gospel, and in consideration of your influence as an ordained minister, are you willing to
   make a complete dedication of yourself to the highest ideals of personal habits conducive to physical
   health, intentional intellectual development, fidelity in marriage and celibacy in singleness, integrity
   in all personal relationships, social responsibility, and growth in grace and the knowledge and love of
   God? How do you understand this commitment and how are you practicing it in your life?
6. What experiences have you had in peace and justice ministries?
7. How do you evaluate your overall physical health?
8. When was your last medical checkup?




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9. Do you have any current or chronic health problems?

10. If so, what steps are you taking to care for yourself?

11. How does your physical health impact your ability to be an effective minister?

12. Knowing the dangers and blessings of technologies like social networking (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn,
    blogs, micro blogging, etc.) what steps would you take to safe guard your integrity as a disciple of Christ
    and a United Methodist minister? What steps will you or have you taken to use this tool to make disciples
    for the transformation of the world?

(The last two questions are for elder candidates only:)

13. How has the practice of ministry affected your understanding of the expectations and obligations
    of the itinerant system?

14. Do you offer yourself without reserve to be appointed to serve as the appointive authority may
    determine? Share your understanding of how this will affect your life and how you feel about it.




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              EXAMINATION FOR FULL CONNECTION
            NORTH GEORGIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 2011

                                    BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Provide the Board of Ordained Ministry with three (3) copies of current Biographical Information Form



                                  AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Provide information about your family background and present family situation, ministry experience,
educational history, and call/response to ministry.



                                              CREDIT REPORT
Provide the Board of Ordained Ministry with three (3) copies of your current credit report from EQUIFAX
only and three (3) copies of your FICO Credit Score. If Credit Score does not meet established minimum of
650, candidate is strongly encouraged to provide additional information using the balance sheet/income
statement form. Outstanding indebtedness and FICO scores below 650 should be discussed with your Presenter.
You should also be prepared to answer questions during the interview process.



                  QUESTIONS FOR DETERMINING U.S. WORK AUTHORIZATION
Complete the questionnaire regarding your employment eligibility. If you answered “No” to question #1 and
“Yes” to question #2, please answer. Give a full explanation of your employment authorization and submit
copies of appropriate documentation.




                              SECTION D: OTHER MATERIAL

                                        LETTERS OF REFERENCE
Using the instructions enclosed, letters of reference should be requested from the appropriate persons. Ask for
them to be mailed to the Office of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation to be received no later than
February 8, 2011 by noon.




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                                      LETTERS OF REFERENCE
INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATE
1. Please give this form to all of the following that apply to you:
       a.      PPRC Chairperson--if under appointment in local church.
       b.      District Superintendent- if under appointment in a local church
       c.      Senior Minister- if serving on staff of a local church
       d.      Supervisor- if serving in site other than local church
       e.      If unemployed – someone other than family member who knows you well
2. Ask persons writing letters to return their responses to the questions below no later than
   February 8, 2011 to: Dr. John Simmons, 4511 Jones Bridge Road, Norcross, GA 30092.
3. THE CANDIDATE DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE CONTENT OF THESE LETTERS
   WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT OF THE WRITER.


TO PERSONS WRITING LETTERS OF REFERENCE
You have been asked to respond to the following questions for a person who is seeking approval of the Board of
Ordained Ministry of the North Georgia Conference. As their supervisor your letter of reference will be a very important
part of the evaluation of the candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church. Please give candid and complete
answers to the following questions. PLEASE NOTE THE CANDIDATE DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE
CONTENT OF THESE LETTERS WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT OF THE WRITER. Return to Dr. John
Simmons, 4511 Jones Bridge Road, Norcross, GA 30092 no later than February 8, 2011 by noon.

1. What were the candidate’s responsibilities when he/she worked with you?

2. What gifts have you observed in the candidate that would affirm their call to ordained ministry in the United
   Methodist Church?

3. Describe the candidate’s work ethic as you have observed him/her in discharging his/her responsibilities.

4. Does the candidate display an ability to lead people to a relationship with Christ? Give examples.

5. Is the candidate effective in his/her appointment/job? Give rationale for your answer.

6. If you have observed the candidate in times of stress and/or conflict, how did he/she respond and how did the
   circumstances affect the performance of his/her duties?

7. What is your evaluation of the candidate’s interpersonal relational skills? How well do he/she get along with
   a variety of people?

8. What is the attitude of the candidate to deadlines? How would you describe the candidate’s ability to meet
   deadlines?

9. How does the candidate respond to criticism and the suggestions of others?

10. What strengths and skills will the candidate bring to ministry? What weaknesses will the candidate bring to
    ministry?

11. What is the largest challenge the candidate faced and how did he/she respond?

12. Does your experience with the candidate cause you to have any concern that this person can function
    effectively within the structure of the United Methodist Church? If your answer is yes, please explain.


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                              LETTERS OF REFERENCE (continued)
INSTRUCTIONS TO DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS WRITING LETTERS OF
REFERENCE:

You have been asked to respond to the following questions for a person who is seeking approval of the Board of
Ordained Ministry of the North Georgia Conference. As their District Superintendent your letter of reference will be a
very important part of the evaluation of the candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church. Please give candid
and complete answers to the following questions. PLEASE NOTE THE CANDIDATE DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS
TO THE CONTENT OF THESE LETTERS WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT OF THE WRITER. Return to Dr.
John Simmons, 4511 Jones Bridge Road, Norcross, GA 30092 no later than February 8, 2011 by noon.

1. What were the candidate’s responsibilities when he/she worked with you?

2. What gifts have you observed in the candidate that would affirm their call to ordained ministry in the United
   Methodist Church?

3. Describe the candidate’s work ethic as you have observed him/her in discharging his/her responsibilities.

4. Does the candidate display an ability to lead people to a relationship with Christ? Give examples.

5. Is the candidate effective in his/her appointment/job? Give rationale for your answer.

6. If you have observed the candidate in times of stress and/or conflict, how did he/she respond and how did the
   circumstances affect the performance of his/her duties?

7. What is your evaluation of the candidate’s interpersonal relational skills? How well do he/she get along with
   a variety of people?

8. What is the attitude of the candidate to deadlines? How would you describe the candidate’s ability to meet
   deadlines?

9. How does the candidate respond to criticism and the suggestions of others?

10. What strengths and skills will the candidate bring to ministry? What weaknesses will the candidate bring to
    ministry?

11. What is the largest challenge the candidate faced and how did he/she respond?

12. Does your experience with the candidate cause you to have any concern that this person can function
    effectively within the structure of the United Methodist Church? If your answer is yes, please explain.

13. If the candidate is married, is his/her family supportive of their participation in the ordained ministry. If the
    candidate is on the elder track, is his/her spouse supportive of participation in the itinerant system?




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           BACKGROUND AFFIDAVIT FOR CANDIDATES FOR FULL
                           CONNECTION
                                      North Georgia Annual Conference



MY NAME IS ____________________________________________________________________________


I hereby certify that:
______ I have never been accused in writing nor convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, incident
of sexual misconduct, or child abuse;

                                                      OR
I hereby certify that:

______ the details given below are true and accurate accounts of any incident or incidents in which I have been
convicted for felony or misdemeanor, or have been accused in writing of sexual misconduct or child abuse;
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________


Signature_________________________________________________________________________                     (Seal)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this _______ day of _____________________________, ___________.
___________________________________ Notary Public, State of __________________. My commission
expires __________________________.




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                                                                                 District: ________________


                                BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FORM - 2011
Date______________________________________________ Social Security No. _____________________________________
Name _____________________________________________ Maiden Name__________________________________________
Current Address___________________________________________________________________________________________
Zip ____________________How Long?____________________ e-mail______________________________________________
Previous Address(es) if less than 7 years _______________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone(        )____________________________ School or Office Phone(         )_________________________________
Birth Date__________________________________           Sex: M____________; F_____________
Driver's License# ________________________________ State___________________ (If less than 3 yrs., give previous D.L.# &
State)_________________________________________________________________ (Attach a copy of current drivers license).
Ethnic Origin: Asian:_________ African/Black American:_________ Hispanic:_________ Native American:_________
               Pacific Islander:_________ White:_________ Other:_______________
Local Church____________________________________________________City______________________________________
Conference_________________________________________________District________________________________________

Briefly describe your involvement in your local church, such as your leadership positions, groups you enjoy, church
activities, etc.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Describe your church involvement in activities beyond your local church, such as district or annual conference work,
church camps, worships, outreach, etc.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your Educational Background: (include location)                        Dates Attended        Degree or Credit Hrs

High School _____________________________________________            ___________________    _______________________
College_________________________________________________             ___________________    _______________________
Theological Seminary _____________________________________           ___________________    _______________________

Course of Study for Ordained Ministry Yr.1_____; Yr2_____; Yr3_____; Yr4_____; Yr5_____
Advanced Course of Study:             Yr.1_____; Yr2_____; Yr3_____; Yr4_____

Marital Status: Single, never married:____________________       Married, in first marriage____________;
                 Married, in second or more (how many marriages):_______________ Widowed:_____________
                 Separated: ___________________________ Divorced:_______________________
If married, spouse's name _________________________________________________ Birth Date________________________
Date of Marriage: ___________________________ Spouse's occupation: ___________________________________________
Your children, if any:__________________________________________

Name of Child                                        Date of Birth     Sex         Education
______________________________________            ________________   ______   ___________________________________
______________________________________            ________________   ______   ___________________________________
______________________________________            ________________   ______   ___________________________________
______________________________________            ________________   ______   ___________________________________
______________________________________            ________________   ______   ___________________________________
______________________________________            ________________   ______   ___________________________________



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Dependents in addition to your spouse and children:

Name of Child                                          Date of Birth       Sex          Education
______________________________________              ________________     ______    ___________________________________
______________________________________              ________________     ______    ___________________________________
______________________________________              ________________     ______    ___________________________________
______________________________________              ________________     ______    ___________________________________

Describe your community involvement work, such as participation in community organizations, social clubs, service
agencies, and other non-church-related volunteer service:

________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Childhood family and other significant relatives:

Name                                 Relation/ Age     Sex               Marital
                                                                  Education          Occupation
                                                                         Status
_____________________________ (Father)    . _____ ____________________ _________ ______________________
_____________________________ (Mother)    . _____ ____________________ _________ ______________________
_____________________________ ____________ _____ ____________________ _________ ______________________

Your work experience, such as current employment, previous employment, and military experience, if any (past 7 years)

Employer / Address / Phone #                                                    Supervisor & Dates of Employ
________________________________________________________________               _______________________________________
________________________________________________________________               _______________________________________
________________________________________________________________               _______________________________________
________________________________________________________________               _______________________________________
________________________________________________________________               _______________________________________
________________________________________________________________               _______________________________________

Have you served as a local pastor, diaconal minister, deacon or elder in the United Methodist Church? _____________________
Conference? _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Conference Relationship (Indicate Date)
Consecrated Diaconal Minister______________ Provisional Member______________ License as a Local Pastor____________
Pastor_____________________________            Deacon in Full Connection __________________
Associate Member___________________            Elder in Full Connection____________________

Have you had a change in clergy relationship with a conference of the United Meth. Church?_____________________________
Conference?_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Change in Conference Relationship (Indicate Date)
Discontinuance____________________________________ Retirement _____________________________________________
Leave of Absence___________________________________ Withdrawal_____________________________________________
Disability Leave______________________________ Termination by action of the annual conference______________________
Location ________________________________________________________________________________________________




_______________________________                              ______________________________________________________
         Date                                                             Signature




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                  QUESTIONS FOR DETERMINING U. S. WORK AUTHORIZATION


1. Without specifying a particular category, are you eligible for employment in the U. S. by virtue of being one
of the following:


             ___ U. S. Citizen
             ___ Permanent Resident
             ___ Asylee or Refugee
             ___ Lawful temporary resident under one of the amnesty programs?

Yes___      No___




         IF YOU ANSWERED "YES" TO QUESTION 1, DO NOT COMPLETE QUESTIONS 2 & 3



2. If the answer to Question 1 is "no", are you currently authorized to work in the U. S.?

   Yes___         No___

3. If "yes", please explain the basis of your employment authorization:

__________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________




___________________                          __________________________________________
       Date                                                 Signature




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                 North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
                               Suggested Bibliography

The following bibliography is recommended for ordained ministry candidates applying for
provisional and full connection in the North Georgia Conference. This is not an exhaustive
bibliography but a suggested introductory list for candidates.


   1.    The Bible

   2.    The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church

   3.    John Wesley’s Sermons – especially the “Fifty-two standard sermons”

   4.    The United Methodist Hymnal

   5.    The United Methodist Book of Worship

   6.    Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials by Ted Campbell
         ISBN: 0687034752

   7.    United Methodist Doctrine: The Extreme Center by Scott Jones
         ISBN: 068703485X

   8.    Responsible Grace: John Wesley’s Practical Theology by Randy Maddox
         ISBN: 0687003342

   9.    This Holy Mystery by Gayle Carlton Felton
         General Conference approved statement on Holy Communion
         Free PDF version can be downloaded at:
         http://www.gbod.org/worship/thmbooklet.pdf

   10.   By Water and the Spirit by Gayle Carlton Felton
         General Conference approved statement on Holy Baptism
         Free PDF version can be downloaded at:
         http://www.gbod.org/worship/images/water&spirit.pdf




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            Statement of Intellectual Integrity of Board of Ordained Ministry Interview Documents North Georgia
                                     Conference- BOM approved- October 8, 2009

From www.plagiarism.com

People think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like
"copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense: According to the Merriam-Webster
Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

       to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own

       to use (another's production) without crediting the source

       to commit literary theft

       to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it
afterward. But can words and ideas really be stolen? According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression
of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original
inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some
way (such as a book or a computer file).

All of the following are considered plagiarism:
       turning in someone else's work as your own

       copying sentences or ideas from someone else without giving credit

       failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

       giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

       changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

       copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you
        give credit or not (see our section on "fair use" rules)

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by correctly citing sources. Simply acknowledging that
certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that
source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.

*   *   *     *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *    *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

I have read the statement regarding plagiarism above and certify that none of the work that I have submitted to
the Board of Ordained Ministry this year is plagiarized. I understand that the consequence of plagiarism in my
paperwork would be deferral with deficiencies or such other action as the Board deems appropriate.



Signed ______________________________________________________ Date ____________________



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                North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
                Candidate Personal Income and Expenses Statement
        (At candidate’s discretion this may be used to address failure to meet required minimum credit score of 650)
                            North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
                                        Candidate Personal Balance Sheet

Name:                                                                            Date:


                                                         Candidate                Spouse                   Total

Assets:

Cash                                                               0                     0                     0

Investments                                                        0                     0                     0

Cash Value of Life Ins                                             0                     0                     0

Retirement Funds                                                   0                     0                     0

Home                                                               0                     0                     0

Automobiles                                                        0                     0                     0

Furnishings                                                        0                     0                     0

Other Assets                                                       0                     0                     0
                                                                                                               0
                                                                                                               0
Total Assets                                                       0                     0                     0

Liabilities:

Mortgage                                                           0                     0                     0

2nd Mortgage/HELOC                                                 0                     0                     0

Auto Loan                                                          0                     0                     0

Credit Cards                                                       0                     0                     0

Other Liabilities                                                  0                     0                     0
                                                                                                               0
                                                                                                               0
Total Liabilities                                                  0                     0                     0


Net Worth                                                          0                     0                     0
Candidate's Signature:_______________________________

Spouse's Signature:_________________________________

Name:                                                                 Date:

                                        Candidate           Spouse               Total
Income:

Salary(Net)                                     0                 0                  0

Investment Income                               0                 0                  0

Commissions                                     0                 0                  0

Housing Allowance                               0                 0                  0

Total Income                                    0                 0                  0

Expenses:

Mortgage/Rent(gross-incl ins & taxes)           0                 0                  0

Credit Card (min)                               0                 0                  0

2nd Mort/HELOC(min)                             0                 0                  0

Auto Loan                                       0                 0                  0

Groceries                                       0                 0                  0

Auto Insurance                                  0                 0                  0

Renter Insurance (if applicable)                0                 0                  0

Utilities                                       0                 0                  0

Dependent Care                                  0                 0                  0

Charitable Contributions                        0                 0                  0

Gasoline                                        0                 0                  0

Home Maintenance                                0                 0                  0

Auto Maintenance                                0                 0                  0

Medical(copays/deductibles)                     0                 0                  0

Entertainment                                   0                 0                  0

Miscellaneous                                   0                 0                  0
Total Expenses                                  0                 0                  0

Surplus/(deficit)                               0                 0                  0


Candidates Signature:______________________________   Spouses Signature:_______________________________
North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

Name:                                                                     Date:


Candidate Credit
Evaluation

Debt Safety
Ratio:             0    Total Minimum Payments

                   0    Total Net Income

                   0    Debt Safety Ratio

                   0    % of Net pay committed to minimum debt payments

								
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