The Seven Dimensions for Examination

In the understanding of the Association, accreditation is a process whereby the Association, working interdependently with the local church, assesses and affirms seven dimensions (see Table 1 below) for women and men who put themselves forward for pastoral leadership and ministry.

Character

Character is the bedrock for an individual’s ministry effectiveness. Character involves the following: integrity, reliability and consistency in line with the character of Jesus Christ; evidence of a love for the Word, love for God and love for people

Call

Call is the conviction and evidence of a vocation from God, as evidenced in the person’s life and confirmed by other individuals and the candidate’s church

Doctrine

Doctrine is demonstrated commitment to and understanding of orthodox, biblical belief; ability to explain it clearly

Capacity

Capacity evidenced current ability to follow the call to ministry

Competence

Competence includes spiritual gifts and natural abilities to get the job done Training proficient development of gifts, skills, and knowledge through processes of formal, informal and supervised experience-based equipping

Capability

Capability is a persons potential to develop and improve

Training

Proficient development of gifts, skills, and knowledge through processes of formal, informal and supervised experience-based equipping