Ordination Exam Preparation

Resources for Preparing for Ordination Exams

Basic Information

PCUSA official site, with dates, registration forms, and official guidelines
http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/prep4min/standard-ordination-exams/ (books for the exegesis exam are posted here)

Theology Review

There are three books generally recommended:

  • Shirley Guthrie, Christian Doctrine (revised edition) – a basic overview of issues and topics in theology from a Reformed perspective, written for use in adult education classes. If you only have time to read one book, read this one.
  • Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding – a similar basic overview of issues and topics, written from a slightly more academic perspective
  • Jack Rogers, Presbyterian Creeds – an overview of the documents that make up the Book of Confessions, summarizing their history and discussing their content

Old Exams

Louisville Seminary’s library of all exam questions since 2003

Presbytery of New York City’s exam resources library, with graded responses and other resources

Bible Content Exam

WhitneyHQ: old exams you can take online and have scored immediately