Ministerial Candidate Workshop Details

The Ministerial Candidate Workshop (MCW) is a joint venture between the Center for Pastoral Leadership and the districts of the Southwest Region of the Church of the Nazarene.

This weekend is uniquely designed to provide licensed ministers seeking ordination a deeper understanding of their calling.  The goal of the workshop is to help candidates:

  • Identify personal strengths and gifting
  • Receive focused guidance and direction
  • Develop deeper self-awareness
  • Review the Nazarene ordination process
  • Cultivate supportive relationships with district leaders

At the heart of the workshop are times of worship designed to draw parallels between great leaders in the Bible and today’s need for God-directed pastors. 
Each attendee will receive a private consultation with a professional assessment specialist to help discover and understand their unique ministry profile. 

Additionally, seminars will be held during the MCW with the goal of arming attendees with tools for and insights into ministry.
Each part of this workshop has been designed to build upon the next, creating a journey of self-awareness. 

Attendees of this event must receive endorsement from their district in order to register for this event.  Please contact your district's coordinator (listed below) for more information.

Cost and Registration

The cost to attend the 2016 workshop is $420.00/couple* or $300.00/single. The registration fee includes hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, 5 meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday), materials, and the consultation fees. *Note: if both individuals are attending as candidates, the total cost is $520.00.

You must provide a $100 deposit at the time of registration, and provide the remaining balance one week prior to your arrival at the workshop. Need to make a payment? Visit this link.

Please note that only those individuals who have been identified by their district as "candidates" will be able to register for this event.  These individuals will receive an email from our office with the registration link included.  Please contact your district for more information.  All other questions, please contact Ashley Voelker at or (619) 849-2410.


Additional Information

  • Accommodations for this event will be provided by the Days Hotel in Mission Valley.  Upon registering for this workshop, your hotel room will be booked and you will receive a confirmation code by email.
  • Schedule: Click here to view the 2016 event schedule!
  • Transportation to and from PLNU:
    If you plan to arrive by airline or train and would like for us to provide you with shuttle service, please click here and provide us with details of your travel.  A daily shuttle has already been set up between the hotel and PLNU for your convenience.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:
    Interested in additional information about the workshop?  Click here.

District Coordinators:

HawaiiRick Power
Northern CaliforniaJoe Shreffler
SacramentoSteve Scott
Central CaliforniaRob Songer
Los AngelesGreg Garman
AnaheimDan Keeton
Southern CaliforniaSteve Rodeheaver
ArizonaCarla Durby
New MexicoPete Myers
Western LatinOrlando Serrano



If you have additional questions please contact Ashley Voelker, Program Coordinator, Point Loma Nazarene University, at 619-849-2410 or