The Samaritan Counseling Center’s mission begins and ends with people and our community.

Clergy Assessment

care-logo-vertThe Ministry Assessment Program (MAP) helps church denomination leaders and ministry committees in the Mid-Atlantic region select and train candidates for church vocations. We also assist leaders and committees in making decisions in dealing with clergy experiencing difficulties, and assist lay and ordained ministers with mid-career vocational guidance.

MAP is a vocational and psychological assessment for those entering or re-evaluating vocation in ministry. We provide feedback to judicatories and applicants to aid decisions regarding vocational direction and to give practical suggestions for personal growth. Our comprehensive assessment recognizes the many demands placed on those working in ministry.

We explore:

  • Leadership style
  • Vocational preferences and satisfaction levels
  • Approaches to problem solving and coping
  • Interpersonal style
  • Gifts for ministry
  • Opportunities for growth

The process may include:

  • Structured clinical interview
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Career Assessment Inventory
  • 16 Personality Factors
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – 2nd Edition
  • Thematic Apperception Test
  • Intelligence Quotient Test

For more information, please contact the Ministry Assessment Coordinator at 717-560-9969.

CCC Testimonials and Key Initiatives

"I was so impressed (once again) with your insightfulness, your clarity, and your ability to communicate it all to us in a way that lit a fire under us all without singeing me (as pastor) or the congregation (Council). I am very hopeful about this as a springboard to the work we need and hope to do in the coming months.” - Senior Pastor

“I cannot say enough good things about the CAT and its meaningful impact on the life of our congregation. The insights gleaned from this tool--and from the Samaritan Counseling Center consultants --have helped our congregants see themselves and their potential with new eyes.” - UCC Pastor

“We utilized the CAT during our current pastoral transition period. The Samaritan Counseling Center consultants guided us through the CAT results giving us a deeper understanding of who we are as a congregation and how we can increase energy and satisfaction. Now we are in great position to search and call our next Pastor.” - Lay Leader

"Every time leaders in our congregation attempted to develop a Strategic Plan or engage in a discernment process we discovered "some people" were saying one thing while we knew at least a few other people had different opinions. The CAT provided us with better data. The results helped us more fully grasp both our blessings as well as our specific challenges." - Lutheran Pastor


The annual Leadership Series offered by CCC presents topics relevant to the challenges facing leaders today.
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Clergy groups at Samaritan are ecumenical, promote collegial support, and are facilitated by leaders trained in organizational systems and dynamics who have also served in congregations.
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Every congregation is a complex and unique emotional system, and “Organizational Intelligence” (OI) provides a structured way to measure and interpret the vitality, capacity, orientation and flexibility of a congregation – or many congregations within a region.
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