Ministry Psychology Assessment

Career Assessment and Development Program (CAD)

CAD is educational services designed to provide a psychological assessment of those in ministry and 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 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 and any perceived deficiencies/problems that would impede a person from continuing as an applicant to the ministry:


  • self-image
  • self-awareness
  • self-esteem
  • health of family and relationship systems
  • interpersonal skills
  • personal/professional values
  • emotional maturity
  • psychological health
  • flexibility
  • leadership style
  • intellectual capacity and integrity
  • history/current presence of psychological disturbance
  • history or current concerns about substance abuse
  • general personality style


After testing results and all payments have been received, Dr. Korczyk schedules a meeting to review these with the candidate, as well as to discuss the personal and vocational history.  After this meeting (which lasts about 1.5 - 2 hours) Dr. Korczyk writes a report which is sent to the candidate to review.  This allows the candidate a chance to ask any questions about the report, to provide feedback, or let Dr. Korczyk know the report can be sent as is.  After this review, the report is sent to both the candidate and the referring religious governing body.


Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute


CAD Program Director - Donna Korczyk, PhD 

dkorczyk@ppicounseling.org

412-661-1239 x248 (confidential voicemail)


Referral, questions or concerns contact:

CAD Coordinator - Lisa M. Bergquist, MBA 

lbergquist@ppicounseling.org

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

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The Assessment Typically Takes 4 - 8 weeks!

First the candidate needs to complete fully and submit the application. Second, schedule your proctored exams which typically are on Wednesday’s from 10AM – 3PM (testing takes approximately 4-5 hours), and the coordinator will be with you in entirety. Third, your exams will be evaluated and Donna Korczyk, PhD will call you to schedule a one-on-one session. The assessment will be provided to the Candidate and the religious governing body administration specified.  The full cost of the program is $1,100.00/$150.00 minimum deposit and will not be released until all documents and payments are received.

Ministry Assessment Application

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