On Monday, January 5th, candidates for ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church will begin to sit down to take the General Ordination Examination (GOEs) also known as "God's Only Exam."
This is a very stressful time for them. I remember when I took the GOEs almost five years ago and I am glad that I do not have to do that again!
The exams are a series of seven tests - six half day and one full day essay exams covering the "Seven Canonical Areas" - Systematic Theology, Litury & Worship, Holy Scripture, Ethics and Moral Theology, Contemporary Society, Church History, and the Theory and Practice of Ministry.
Please take some time this weekend and during next week, for those students who are writing their exams. Please pray for calm and for clarity of expression. Also pray that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit as they take the exams.