Cumberland Presbyterian Resources has some materials that are especially helpful for persons who are wrestling with a call to the ministry of word and sacrament. The first is a book entitled Understanding God’s Call to Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church: Guide for Inquirers. This resource intended to be helpful for persons who are considering ministry as a vocation.
A second is a book entitled Understanding the Process for Ordination in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church: Handbook for Presbyterial Committees on the Ministry or Preparation for Ministry. This resource is intended to be useful for presbyterial committees in working with persons who are making their way through the probationary process toward ordination.
Another helpful resource for committees who work with clergy is Covenant of Trust: Ministerial Ethics for Cumberland Presbyterians. The Covenant of Trust is a study guide developed for the ministers and congregations of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church to: define ethical standards of ministry that are clear to the ministers and congregations; help the session and congregation better understand stresses in the ministry and the parameters of accepted ministerial conduct; help congregations explore ways they can healthily support their ministers; define accountability between the ministers, session, congregation, and presbytery, guided by “The Constitution” and “Rules of Discipline” in the Confession of Faith for Cumberland Presbyterians; aid in the creation of an atmosphere of trust and protection based upon mutual understanding, mutual integrity and reciprocal caring.