Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
11

Colloquium Doctum

No Minister shall be received from any other denomination without a colloquium doctum prior to his installation (a colloquium doctum is understood to be a thorough investigation of the theological training and ministerial record and a careful examination regarding soundness in the Reformed Faith, exemplariness of life, and motives for seeking the ministry in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand).2


2 The colloquium doctum for ministers coming from sister-churches is to be understood as not being the equivalent of a final examination, but is to focus on soundness of doctrine, sanctity of life and knowledge and appreciation of the practice and usage of the Reformed Churches of New Zealand (Acts 1989, Art. 19.d).