CPM Forms

CPM Forms

All the guidelines, instructions, requirements, and forms for individuals seeking to become ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), from the application to begin the process through accepting a call.

Application to Enroll as an Inquirer
Advance to Candidacy
Annual Consultations
Commission Planning
Ordination Examinations
Personal Information Form (PIF) Instructions
Scholarships & Student Aid Funds


Application to the CPM Process/Enrollment as an Inquirer

  • Form 1A: Application to be Enrolled by Presbytery as an Inquirer
  • Form 1B: Questions for Reflection
  • Form 1C: Financial Planning for Theological Education
  • Form 1D: Session Evaluation & Recommendation
  • Form 2B: Covenant Agreement & Inquirer Release

Applicants should contact their Session and Presbytery to make sure the forms have been forwarded (paperwork must be received by CPM at least two weeks prior to the CPM meeting the applicant wants to attend). See below for the meeting schedule.

Once Enrolled as an Inquirer you will receive the following to review or submit:


Advance to Candidacy

IMPORTANT NOTE: Completion of ALL five forms listed below are required in the care process of Pittsburgh Presbytery in order to be considered advancement to Candidacy.

Inquirers should contact their Session and Presbytery to make sure the forms have been forwarded (all paperwork, including answers to the candidacy questions, must be received by CPM at least two weeks prior to the CPM meeting the applicant wants to attend). Check the meeting schedule for dates.


Annual Consultations

  • Form 3: Pre-Consultation Report on Development Areas
  • Form 4: Report on Consultation

Commission Planning


Ordination Examinations

NOTE:  You must receive permission from CPM to take the Standard Ordination examinations.  If you need permission to take any of the ordination examinations, contact your Care Team at least two weeks prior to the next CPM meeting and let them know which exams you would like to take.


Personal Information Forms & Instructions


Scholarships/Student Aid Funds

Saul Estate Scholarship Fund

Saul Estate Scholarship Fund

Saul Estate Scholarship Fund

The Saul Estate Scholarship Fund

The Saul Estate Scholarship Fund is administered by the Commission on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) and has the privilege of nominating recipients as follows:

The testators, John H. and Edith M. Saul, specified the income derived from the trust should be used to defray tuition costs for persons who are under care of Pittsburgh Presbytery and enrolled as undergraduate students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with preference being given to members of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. This has since been modified by the court on joint petition of the bank and Pittsburgh Presbytery, to allow any excess funds remaining at the end of a calendar year to be applied to room, board, and books for the student recipients.

The procedure is as follows:

  • Each fall, the Office of Student Aid at the seminary sends to CPM at the office of Pittsburgh Presbytery a list of students believed to be eligible who demonstrate a need in accordance with the financial aid policy of the seminary.
  • This list is checked to insure each name is that of a student under care of Pittsburgh Presbytery.
  • The available amount is then equally divided among the eligible students.
  • This list is approved by CPM and is reported to the presbytery.
  • These grants are never paid directly to the students, but are credited to their accounts by the seminary business office.
Approved Career Development Centers

Approved Career Development Centers

Approved Career Development Centers

Approved Career Development Centers

(As of 9/19/2014)
Pittsburgh Presbytery has a policy which requires all Inquirers of Pittsburgh Presbytery to participate in a Career Development Center program. This is done during the first six months a person is an Inquirer.

This program consists basically of two parts: a battery of tests which the Inquirer will complete and a session of counseling based upon the tests. The Counselor and Inquirer write up a report of the experience. The Inquirer signs a release which permits this report to be sent to the Commission on Preparation for Ministry of Pittsburgh Presbytery. The aim of the program is to help the Inquirer assess strengths and weaknesses and to indicate steps by which the Inquirer may gain the most benefit from his/her Seminary experience. The purpose of sending a report to the Commission on Preparation for Ministry is to aid the Commission in its “gatekeeping” function and to provide information useful in providing maximum support to the Inquirer/Candidate during the years of preparation.

The Inquirer is responsible for making contact with the center selected, for completing the program, for signing the release, and for making financial settlement for the service. Presbytery’s action specified that Presbytery would pay 40% of the cost, the church to which the Inquirer belongs would pay 40%, and the Inquirer would pay 20%. The cost at each center is approximately $800-$1,100.

The most frequently used centers are:

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

Midwest Ministry Development Service

Center for Career Development and Ministry

Pastoral Institute (Georgia)