Two phases in the process: The purpose of the inquiry phase is to provide an opportunity for the church and those who believe themselves called to ministry of the Word and Sacrament to explore that call together in such a way that the decision regarding the inquirer's suitability for the ministry of Word and Sacrament.

The purpose of the candidacy phase is to provide for the full preparation of persons to serve the church as ministers of Word and Sacrament.  This shall be accomplished through the guidance and evaluation of candidates, using learning contacts within the context of supportive relationships.