Ministry Training Program

Circle Sanctuary Ministry Training Application

Thank you for your interest in Circle Sanctuary's Ministry Training Program.  Please fill out the form below, and attach your Spiritual Biography, Statement of Purpose and Statement of Ministerial Philosophy where indicated.  All fields marked with * are required.

Please allow yourself plenty of time for thoughtful responses -- we ask for a lot of information, and all of it is important for the process.

All of your responses will be kept confidential within the Circle Sanctuary ministry training team.

1: Your Contact Information
2: About Your Path
Tell us about your spiritual path. How long have you followed this path? Are there particular deities or practices that you see as essential to this path?
What leadership experiences have you had?
What is your level of formal education and what education experiences have you had beyond High School?
3: Community Involvement
Are you affiliated with Circle Sanctuary? If so, since what year & in what way(s)?
What other Pagan communities have you belonged to and how long were you associated with them?
Which Pagan leaders and/or authors have been most influential to you and why?
4: Why Ministry?
What is the main reason you want to be an ordained a minister, and why is it important for you to be accepted into the Circle Ministers Training Program?
What do you consider to be your 3 strongest and 3 weakest ministerial characteristics?
What are the top 3 goals you want to achieve as a Circle Minister?
Describe a social issue facing the country today, and the role a minister would play in helping to resolve the issue.
Do you have any experience in counseling? If so, please explain.
5: Your History
Have you ever been arrested? If so, please describe the situation, the outcome, and what you learned from the experience.
Do you have any life challenges that could impact your ministerial studies? If so, please explain.
6: Upload Supporting Documents
In .doc, .docx or .pdf format, please upload a one-page or more Spiritual Biography, starting from childhood and ending in the present.
In .doc, .docx or .pdf format, upload a one-page or more Statement of Purpose" that includes why you have chosen Circle Sanctuary and how ordination will help you in your spiritual work. This is a key part of the application, telling the selection committee who you are, what has influenced your career path so far, your professional interests in ministry and your vision of where you plan to go from here.
In .doc, .docx or .pdf format, upload a two-page or more Statement of Ministerial Philosophy. In this essay, address the following:
* What is a minister and what is his or her role society?
* What do you see as the essential personal skills, knowledge, and qualities of a minister?
* Compare yourself to these essential skills, knowledge, and qualities. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
* How will the Ministers Training Program help to build the personal skills, knowledge, and qualities essential for ordination?
7: Finish & Submit
Is there anything else you'd like us to know in considering your application?
Please list the names of the two individuals who will be submitting Letters of Recommendation on your behalf.