The Orientation Program for Hispanic pastors is an adaptation of the Orientation Program required by the Covenant Church approved by the annual assembly of 1996. It is designed for Hispanic pastors who have not graduated from North Park Theological Seminary or from CHET. Those who start this program should be able to finish it in three years, unless they apply for a special extension not to exceed six years.
The candidates should have graduated from a Theological Seminary or a Bible Institute of the same academic level as CHET. Everyone will take a standardized test from the Hispanic Association of Theological Education (AHET) about the Bible, church history, and theology. They must pass with at least 75%.
The required courses for the Orientation Program are:
- H-213 The Covenant Church’s History and Theology
- C-213 Debates in the Hispanic Covenant Churches
- M-212 Starting New Churches
- Distinctives of The Evangelical Covenant Church
- An additional course (in agreement with the CHET dean and conference Superintendents).
Participation in the life of the Covenant Church should include six of the following experiences (some can be repeated twice):
- Attendance at the Covenant Annual Meeting and Ministerium.
- Attendance at the Mid-Winter Pastor’s Conference
- Attendance at the Conference’s Annual Meeting and regional Ministerium gathering.
- Attendance at your conference’s Ministerium annual retreat.
- Participation as a committee member of a Covenant commission/task force of your conference.
- Visit to a Covenant missionary fields
- Participation for one or more weeks as a “Minister in Residence” at CHET to study, to research or teach.
- A supervision time is required under the supervision of a mentor selected by the candidate for Ordination. The Board of Ordered Ministry makes the final recommendation.