Use these guidelines in approaching how your ministerial portfolio is created and organized. The portfolio is structured around the Marks of Faithful and Effective Ministry.
- There are a number of ways in which the portfolio may be organized. An essential understanding as you approach the task is to think of developing the portfolio as a journey of integration, rather than a task of reiteration. It is through your portfolio that you are to weave together a narrative of the experiences, education and preparation that have come together to shape your calling. Organize the portfolio around each of the four Marks of Faithful an Effective Ministry. Documentation of your competencies, such as CPE or contextual education supervisors, transcripts, sermons, papers or psychological or vocational evaluations may be included in an addendum and referenced in the body of the portfolio narrative.
- The four sections to the Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers are: Spiritual Formation for Ministry, UCC Identity for Ministry, Personal and Professional Formation for Ministry, and Knowledge and Skills for Ministry. After becoming familiar with the content of each section, focus on one section at a time.
- While each section includes multiple marks, approach the marks holistically.
- Use this opportunity, first of all, for your own self-assessment. Remember that no one is expected to reflect expertise in all of these Marks to the same degree; we each have particular gifts, interests, and strengths as well as areas for further growth and development. Nor do any ministers ever achieve final mastery of each of these Marks. The Marks should not only serve as a tool for assessment of readiness for authorization but also as a guide for lifelong learning and ongoing professional development and continuing education.
- Begin to make notes regarding your experiences, training, and preparatory coursework that demonstrate your competencies in each of the sections. Be open-minded and creative in your thinking. Consider a variety of ways in which your competencies can be documented. (See the section on The Use of Portfolios of Draft 3.0 of the Ministry Issues Implementation Document, p. 157 ff., for ideas.)
- Begin to collect documentation of your competencies.
- When you are ready, begin compiling your portfolio. Use the section on The Use of Portfolios to guide you.
- Submit your portfolio to the Conference office following a review and assessment by your adviser for a review by a second reader. Use your portfolio to guide your conversation as you engage in mutual discernment.
- Maintain your portfolio over time. It is a wonderful tool for your own on-going self-assessment as you continue to grow in the ministry to which you are called.