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What effect does this have? It shapes how candidates will plan and document their skills and learning as they move toward fellowshipping. It means that the Fulfilling the Call schema, which is available everywhere, is becoming an association-wide set of definitions of what ministers are expected to do. It gives a common language for talking about a minister's performance and skill.
Fairly objective, commonly understood, and universal standards by which ministers are evaluated, whether by the Fellowship Committee, Search Committees, or congregational leaders, are necessary to treat ministers fairly, and nurture a diverse ministry. Subjective standards, like "ministerial presence" or "fit" are the ways in which prejudice and bias enters into the evaluation process.
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-- Tom Schade
While the MFC will continue to require academic ability as well as applied knowledge, Fulfilling the Call provides a considered approach to other duties and tasks required for 21st Century ministry in our faith. The rubrics described in Fulfilling the Call has offered the MFC new insights into the baseline competency they are looking for in successful candidates for UU ministry, as well as for the crossing the threshold into final fellowship.
Fulfilling the Call is more than an assessment framework; it is a potentially transformative look at the depth and breadth of the applied art of Unitarian Universalist ministry. (Fulfilling the Call, p. 5). Our new competencies involve some paradigm shifts in what the MFC will look for in candidates for ministry:
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Knowledge–based competencies Practice-based competencies Learned Ministry Learning Ministry MFC tests academic subjects MFC focuses on applied ministry skills. MFC tests in 17 subject areas MFC simplifies and focuses on 7 priority areas MFC competencies are unique to this process MFC competencies are aligned with other rubrics, specifically “Fulfilling the Call” and the RE credentialing process. Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism (ARAOMC) as well as Sexual Health and Boundaries are tested as separate subjects. ARAOMC and Sexual Health and Boundaries competency questions are asked as applied ministry questions in relevant competency areas.