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
http://www.lpts.edu/Academic_Resources/OrdExamsnewaccess.asp

Presbytery of New York City’s exam resources library, with graded responses and other resources
http://www.nycpresbytery.org/cpm/exams/

Bible Content Exam

WhitneyHQ: old exams you can take online and have scored immediately
http://www.whitneyhq.com/biblecontent/