Core Competencies for Ministerial Formation
If a student is called to pursue the path to ordination, there are Core Competencies for Ministry that have been identified by The ChI Interfaith Community that guide the process. These guidelines provide direction for each minister’s ongoing personal and professional development and fall into the following categories:
- Formative Theology
- Missional Theology
- Critical Theology
- Spiritual Psychology
- Personal Transformation & Self Care
- Communication Skills & Public Presentation
- Leadership & Ministerial Demeanor
- Arts for Awakening
- Spiritual Care
- Ceremonial Ministry
- Community Ministry & Social Transformation
- Vocational Formation
The Interfaith Chaplaincy Certificate Program fulfills the academic requirements for ordination and provides instruction to assist seminary students in their vocational formation for ministry. A separate but parallel process takes place for those called to Interfaith ordination. This process is designed to help ordination candidates discern their call to spiritual leadership and ministry and is conducted by The ChI Interfaith Community.
Additional requirements for ordination candidates include:
Students assess their own mastery of the Core Competencies of Interfaith Ministers through a written process of deep reflection. A committee composed of representatives from the seminary and The CHI Interfaith Community will meet with the student to discuss the submitted Core Competencies Self-Assessment paper. Afterward, this same committee will assess the student’s readiness for ordination and either approve the student for ordination or provide additional steps to complete to prepare for ordination.
Certificates & Titles Bestowed
The ChI Interfaith Community bestows Interfaith Ordination and Clergy In Good Standing status. All clergy ordained by The ChI Interfaith Community are entitled to adopt and use the following titles:
- Interfaith Minister
Clergy in Good Standing Status
Clergy in Good Standing status means that a minister is demonstrating to the satisfaction of his/her religious community (The ChI Interfaith Community) an ongoing commitment to personal wellbeing/self-care, spiritual and psychological development, professional growth, ethical conduct, and the sustainability of one’s religious/ordaining community (ChI ).
Seminarians who successfully complete The ChI Interfaith Community’s process for ordination are considered Clergy in Good Standing, which is required for board certification as a professional chaplain and may be required by employers. Clergy in Good Standing status must be renewed annually.