Commission on Preparation for Ministry and Membership

Through the process of inquiry and candidacy, the Commission on Preparation for Ministry and Membership (CPM) works alongside sessions to guide and support those discerning a call to ordained ministry as a Teaching Elder, i.e. Minister of Word and Sacrament.  CPM also walks alongside Teaching Elders who desire to transfer their membership into the Presbytery of Philadelphia after receiving a call to serve in the Presbytery of Philadelphia.

All candidates from either the Presbytery of Philadelphia or another Presbytery who have completed all requirements for ordination and have a pending call or validated ministry will meet with the CPM and, upon its recommendation, be brought to the floor of the Presbytery at a regularly scheduled or called meeting for the examination.

A Teaching Elder desiring to become a member of the Presbytery of Philadelphia may be examined by the CPM, or by the Regional Commission to which he or she is being installed or validated. The CPM also selects Teaching and Ruling Elders to serve as readers of standard ordination exams, reporting their action to the Presbytery at its next meeting.

Membership: The CPM is comprised of twenty-one (21) Teaching and Ruling Elders in approximately equal number and meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:30 AM at the Presbytery Center.

For further information about the Preparation for Ministry process, including on-line forms and information on registering for ordination exams, please visit the Preparation for Ministry link on the PC(USA) website.

For all other information, please contact CPM Moderator, Rev. Kenneth J. Ross at Rev. Kenneth Ross


915 East Gowen Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150

215.242.1400 | Fax: 215.242.1444 | [email protected]

The Presbytery of Philadelphia is a member of the Synod of the Trinity and the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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