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

Ministry Assessment Program

care-logo-vertThe Ministry Assessment Program (MAP) uses vocational and psychological assessment tools for those entering or re-evaluating vocation in ministry and provides assistance for individuals, congregations and middle judicatories.

  • On the individual level, MAP assists individuals in the process of discerning ministry vocation, lay persons and ordained ministers seeking mid-career vocational guidance and individuals seeking help with challenges faced in current ministry placement.
  • Congregations use MAP services to assist leaders and committees in making decisions when dealing with clergy experiencing difficulties.
  • On the judicatory level, church denomination leaders and ministry committees in the Mid-Atlantic region use MAP to help select and train candidates for church vocations.

In all cases the MAP approach is one of partnership: with the individual, congregation or judicatory. In the work with judicatories 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.

In the MAP process, the individual and assessor 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:

  • A 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

To schedule an assessment for a person considering ordained ministry contact the Ministry Assessment Coordinator at 717-560-9969. For more information about our other assessment services, contact David Miron, Clergy and Congregation Care Coordinator at or 717-560-1949, extension 108.

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


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