DDO guide to current emergent, evidence-based selection & pathway criteria for Ordained Ministry
(latest revision since the er ... last one)
Ministry Selection criteria are about to be revised and experience shows this can lead to a lot of confusion.
Here is a helpful summary of what we are presently using in Gloucester Diocese
(subject to change)
(Yes, I know, it still makes new candidates laugh but if you are going to be smutty I shall stop now).
Broad categories are:
Soft top bap – for vocation to pastoral ministry
Crusty bap – for those awkward, borderline candidates who
may be prophetic (but are probably just dysfunctional).
Sometimes called sourdough.
Stale bap – for ministry to old ways of being church.
Fresh bap – for church planting, pioneer & emergent ministries
Mandated bap – available with local ministry filling of your choice
These may be ordered over the phone. Free delivery within
twenty mile radius of the Gloucester Cathedral Cafe.
If you remember, BAPs replaced (among other schemes) ....
COBs - Church Ordination Board
ROLLs - Recommending for Ordination to Limited Localities
Training pathways include …
BAGUETTE = Bishop’s Advisory Group
for Underfunding Extended Theological
Training in Europe (a joint EEC/ Diocese of
Europe/University of Boulogne partnership)
PASTIE = Panel Advising Schemes that are Training Indiscriminately
Everywhere (Developed by Diocese of Truro in partnership with
University of Padstow. Also available as sandwich course).
FOCACCIA - a controversial distance validated, local ministry initiative
delivered by the Fellowship of Continuously Argumentative Confessing
Christians In Agreement.
Ordinations from this scheme happen without prior notice. The innovative feature of this course is that the entire Global Anglican Church - and Archbishop of Canterbury personally - receives all the lectures rather than the candidate.
CRUMBS = Churches Regionally Underwritten Ministry
Baguette Scheme (replaces the much maligned
Churches Regional Assessment Panel but essentially the
Inspired by Mk 7.28 & based on leftover’s from other schemes
Then there are those exciting new fresh, emergent, intentional, resourcing, out-of-the-box pioneer ministry categories.
The latest is:
YEAST = Youthful, Extrovert And Seriously Transformative
.... or something like that.
also called PIZZA (no one knows what this stands for but young peope really like them
This replaces the traditional DOUGH pathway
(Dull, Old, Useless Geriatric, Humourless etc ...)
To ensure a better stocked pool of latent brilliance from which to choose future leaders in the church, we are asked to watch out for those candidates showing evidence-based messianic potential (precise criteria still in preparation - but proven capacity for the miraculous - multiplying loaves, raising the dead etc - is an advantage).
Central Recruitment Office Implementing
Solution-Supplying, Anglican, Neo-ecclesial
Business Run Independently Operated
Cuality Hikes in Expertese (tweaked from David Holgate with thanks)
'We break this bread - to share in the body of Christ'