Psychological Assessment of Clergy Candidates
The Psychological Assessment Program of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference
Board of Ordained Ministry has been instituted as a positive step in helping candidates look
at the gifts and graces they bring to ministry. It also reveals development areas of weaknesses
and strengths that the candidate will want to address.
Psychological assessment at the candidacy level is focused on "fitness" criteria. Fitness
means whether or not at this stage in a person's life he/she possesses the personality
characteristics that "fit" the requirements for United Methodist ministry. These criteria have
been developed by the national church. The criteria also include any criteria particular to this
Psychological assessment must be completed before the candidate appears before the
District Committee on Ordained Ministry to request certification. Therefore candidates should begin
this process at least six months in advance of the certification interview. The Ministerial Assessment
Specialist for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference is Pamela Holliman, Ph. D. of the Samaritan
Counseling Center [at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill], 22 Chestnut Hill Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19118.; 215-247-6077.
1. The DCOM or the District Superintendent informs the candidate and the candidate's
church of the psychological assessment process, its purpose and cost.
The candidate is given an enrollment form by the DCOM or DS. When the
candidate completes the form and returns it to the DCOM, the chair or registrar
notifies Dr. Holliman of the candidate’
s eligibility to begin theassessment process.
3. The candidate contacts Dr. Holliman to schedule an appointment for an interview and completion
of the assessment tools. Please allowfour to five hours for thispart of the process.
The cost of the assessment is $600, one-third to be paid by the candidate,