BEGINNING THE journey: ministry assessment

All local and district licensed ministers must complete the Beginning the Journey: Ministry Assessment.

If you would like to attend, please email to confirm your participation.

As you journey on the path toward ordination, we would like to invite you to attend the “Beginning the Journey: Ministry Assessment Center”, an event designed to support those called to vocational ministry.  We continue to receive great feedback on the value and importance of this event from those who are called into ministry – over 115 candidates (plus spouses) have gone through the NCO assessment!  

We are anticipating a large number of participants and are planning
three one-day events in 2020:

  •         Friday, January 24 (Mount Vernon Lakeholm) 5 spots remaining

  •         Saturday, January 25 (Mount Vernon Lakeholm) registration is closed

  •         Monday, February 17 (central location tbd) 3 spots remaining

If you would like to attend, please contact the district office to confirm your intent and send your deposit to secure your spot!

A $50 non-refundable deposit is no later than November 15; all materials and remaining balance are due December 30.  

Space is limited. The event will run from 9:00a.m. until approximately 8:00p.m.  The format and individual approach make it necessary to limit the number of participants. This event is required prior to applying for a district license (or prior to applying for ordination for those who already have a district license.)

The total cost for the assessment is $75 per couple ($50 per single adult). 

A $50 non-refundable deposit due November 15 (mail to the below address or pay at

The remaining balance and all materials are due December 30. 

The application is extensive; please plan ahead to have it submitted on time.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me at the district office.   

Crystal Browning



Click here for the details and the complete application packet.

Click here for a separate file with just the pastor's recommendation.

Click here for the on-line Spiritual Gifts Analysis. (email your results.)

Click here for the on-line Personality Type Indicator.  (email your results.) 



Here are a few of the comments from those who have attended:

  • "I felt cared for and listened to"

  • "I was impressed with the support and concern that the Church has for its ministers"

  • "It gave us a plan to start working forward"

  • "It's comforting to know there are people who want to see us succeed"

  • "Everything was done with excellence and love"

  • "I was apprehensive and a little fearful to put everything about myself out there but it was very affirming"

  • "I'm excited about the new level of healing I'm about to experience"



Letter to Participants,


We are thrilled that you will be part of our Ministry Assessment Center.


Believing with you, that you have been called by God to Christian ministry, it is our desire to encourage, shape and equip you for that call. 


The assessment will be held at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene (16001 Glen Road, Mount Vernon, OH).  We will begin on Friday at 10:30 a.m. and conclude on Saturday by 11:00 am. A full schedule is enclosed. If requested, a room has been reserved for you at The Grand Hotel (12 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH). Friday meals and snacks are provided at the church; Saturday breakfast will be at the hotel or on your own. Dress is casual.


At the assessment event, you will join with your coach and progress through a rotation of various assessments.


Preliminary goals of the various sessions are:

Relationships and Finances: focus on the importance of the candidates marriage (or challenges unique to those who are single) as well as personal finances, both areas are foundational to success in ministry.

Personal Assessment: focus on the emotional health of the candidate, family and social history which impact their approach and gifts for to ministry.

Your Call: focus on the seriousness and responsibility of the call of God to the ministry.

Spiritual Formation: focus on the spiritual practices and growth of the individual as well as their ability to mentor and challenge corporately.

Case Study: focus on various scenarios of ministry; these “what if” questions will provide candidates with an opportunity to dialogue about the ins-and-outs of ministry.

Sanctification: focus on telling your own story

Evangelism: focus on personal evangelism for every minister


On Friday evening, the Assessment Team (coaches and facilitators) will develop a list of strengths as well as concerns, goals and an action plan for you.


On Saturday morning during a special commitment and communion service, coaches will share the summary with you. We will join in a time of prayer and sharing of communion to close the event.


If you have any questions, please contact the district office or Pastor Lester Champer.


PO BOX 947 
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

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