Trevecca Nazarene University’s Center for Pastoral Health recently held its annual Ministerial Candidate Workshop on March 24-26 at Camp Garner Creek Retreat Center in Dickson, Tenn.
More than 125 pastoral candidates from seven Southeast Region Districts of the Church of the Nazarene participated in the workshop.
The weekend event is designed to help ministers seeking ordination in the Church of the Nazarene to cultivate a deeper understanding of their calling. Candidates must complete various personality and strength assessments prior to the event and receive a private consultation during the seminar.
According to Dr. Rick Underwood, director of Trevecca’s Center for Pastoral Health, the workshop will help pastoral candidates to identify their personal strengths and gifts, receive focused guidance and direction, as well as review the Nazarene ordination process and develop relationships with district leaders.
In addition to personal assessments, the attendees and their spouses also participated in seminars as well as times of prayerful reflection and worship.
"Through the workshops and time with our clinician, I learned new insights into myself and I grew spiritually," said one participant.
Nathan Gilley, another ministerial candidate, agreed.
“For me and my wife the event was restful, challenging, but for our denomination, I believe this event will be transformational,” he said.
Underwood is already at work planning next year’s workshop.
About the Center for Pastoral Health: The Center for Pastoral Health is a partnership between Trevecca Nazarene University and the Southeast District of the Church of the Nazarene, in conjunction with the University’s graduate counseling program. The center provides holistic ministry—mind, body and spirit—of current Church of the Nazarene pastors, as well as pastors of other denominations, churches, and para-church organizations. Click here for more info about the center.