Application for Selection Criteria

(Applications due on or before July 1, 2005)

This Consultation will consist of nine pastors and scholars representing six pastoral leaders from different denominations and three scholars from the fields of biblical studies, church history, and theology. As the director of the Project is a biblical scholar, only the positions of church history and theology will need to be filled. As the second phase of the George Fox University Congregational Discernment Project, the George Fox Discernment Consultation will seek to build on the national leadership Conference: "Discerning the Leadership of Christ" with the goal of contributing toward a publishable book-length product. It will meet five times over two years, and its members will receive up to $3,000 in stipends, including the covering of travel and all consultation-related expenses. Applications are due on or before July 1, 2005.

Criteria for Selection
All are welcome to apply, and the criteria for the pastoral leaders and scholars being selected will include the following:

  1. (For pastoral leaders) At least five years of service within the same church within the denomination of one's ordination or recording of credentials and a suitable educational background. (For scholars) At least five years of teaching within a seminary or divinity school, or a church-related college or university, with a suitable educational background.
  2. (For pastoral leaders) The ability to represent clearly in oral and written forms one's denominational approaches to congregational discernment and decision-making, in both theory and in practice. (For scholars) The ability to articulate a vision for effective ecclesiology in oral and written forms, including insights into practical aspects of congregational discernment and decision-making processes.
  3. (Numbers 3-6, for all applicants) Considerable experience organizationally, including a history of being able to engage constructively and creatively structures and processes related to decision-making especially within the church, but not exclusively so.
  4. A brief (500 words or less) description of one's understanding of the issues involved and one's preparation to contribute meaningfully to the venture.
  5. Two letters of recommendation: the first from a local church leader, commenting on the person's ability to facilitate constructive decision-making and problem-solving, and the second from a denominational or academic leader, commenting on the same.
  6. Overall complementarity with the other applicants being selected.

Elements in the Application

  1. Fill out the application form, which you may download from the website at: /discernment/application.pdf
  2. Complete an essay (500 words or less) including a) your experience with congregational discernment and decision-making; b) (for applying pastoral leaders) your understanding of your denomination's approach to the process (including strengths and weaknesses), or (for applying scholars) your understanding of historical, theological, and/or biblical aspects of the process; and c) how you might contribute to such an interdenominational and interdisciplinary venture if selected.
  3. Attach an updated Vita (as a Microsoft Word or RTF file, please).
  4. Procure two letters of recommendation: one from a local church leader, and the other from a denominational leader (or an academic leader for scholars, as an option) commenting on your suitability for contributing to such a project.

Submission of Materials (Deadline: on or before July 1, 2005)
Materials may be submitted by email to Paul Anderson at: or, or they may be mailed to:

Paul Anderson (phone: 503-554-2651)
George Fox University
414 N. Meridian #6032
Newberg, OR 97132

Questions and inquiries are welcome at the above address; see website ( for additional materials that may be helpful in the application process.