General Ordination Examinations (GOE's) dominate the lives (and fears) of our senior M.Div. students this week. And well they should, to an extent. The GOE's are administered by the General Board of Examining Chaplains (GBEC) which aims to standardize the process of examination for ordination. Candidates are tested in the areas of the Holy Scriptures, History of the Christian Church, Christian Theology, Christian Ethics and Moral Theology, Christian Worship, and the Practice of Ministry.
It is understandable that the GOE's tend to be a source of anxiety, however our students are well-prepared. Faculty members teach in ways that help students to reach across disciplines, integrating both knowledge and resources. They are practicing ministry in diverse contexts throughout their time as students. And throughout the fall semester Seniors met on Friday afternoons for GOE review sessions on various topics.
Please pray for our students this week. Seniors, be gentle with one another. Remember that the GOE's are a tool, but not the only tool, used to examine those seeking ordination. And you are well-prepared.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President