The canons (III.8) require that before ordination a Candidate must be examined and show proficiency in (1) The Holy Scriptures; (2) History of the Christian Church; (3) Christian Theology; (4) Christian Ethics and Moral Theology; (5) Christian Worship according to the use of the Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal, and authorized supplemental texts; and (6) The Practice of Ministry in contemporary society. These are known as the six canonical areas.
Source: General Board of Examining Chaplains website
Please note: while this is a public LibGuide, some of the resources on this guide are available only to Southwest students, faculty, and staff.
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Dr. Claire Colombo is the Assistant Professor of Writing, Theology, and the Arts and Director of the Center for Writing and Creative Expression at Southwest.
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The official website of the General Ordination Exams. This page gives suggestions and tips for taking the GOEs.
General Board of Examining Chaplains. Suggestions and Tips for Taking the GOE. n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2019.
A collection of the previous GOE questions from 2003-2022.
General Board of Examining Chaplains. Previous GOES. n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2019.