Ordination Candidate Psychology Assessment

Career Assessment and Development Program (CAD)

CAD is educational services designed to provide a psychological assessment of ordination candidates. The church has a right and obligation to seek out the best individuals for its ministry.

The purpose of the assessment is to provide a personality test and career profile, which may then be used by the referring agency to aid in its decision-making concerning the applicant’s vocation. It is not the purpose of the psychologist either to make a decision for the referring agency or to assess the legitimacy of the individual’s call to the ministry. The full cost of the program is $1,100.00/$150.00 deposit.

The assessment is only one source of data used in the psychology process by which the denomination “affirms” or “does not affirm” an individual’s call to ministry. The assessment is designed to evaluate the applicant in the following areas:




health of family and relationship systems

interpersonal skills

personal/professional values

emotional maturity

psychological health


leadership style

intellectual capacity and integrity

history/current presence of psychological disturbance

history or current concerns about substance abuse

general personality style

and any perceived deficiencies/problems that would impede a person from continuing as an applicant to the ministry

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute

CAD Program Director - Donna Korczyk, PhD dm5735korczyk@aol.com.

For More Information

Referral, questions or concerns contact:

CAD Coordinator - Lisa M. Bergquist, MBA 


412-661-1239 ext. 210 (confidential voicemail) 

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Download Assessment Application Below to Get Started:

Ordination Candidate Application_CAD (pdf)