Applications for the ministry

The Free Church of Scotland is thankful to have welcomed a number of new ministry candidates as well as ministers from other denominations over the past few years.

Potential applicants can begin this process in two separate ways.


Application to be recognised as a candidate for the ministry

Someone who believes God is calling him to serve as a Free Church minister should complete the Application for Recognition as a Candidate for the Ministry form.  

This includes sections to be filled in by his own minister, Kirk Session and Presbytery and will involve an interview.

If the Kirk Session and Presbytery agree that the applicant should proceed to ministerial training at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, the Presbytery should complete the form and send it along with References to the Clerk of the Board of Ministry.

The Board will then interview the applicant and probably arrange for him to participate in the annual Assessment Day.  

If successful, the person will be officially advised that he is a Candidate for the Free Church ministry and what training he should undertake.

Download the Candidate Application Form


Application for Free Church ministry of an ordained Minister from outside the denomination

If a minister, who is not serving in the Free Church of Scotland, believes God is calling him to serve in the Free Church ministry, he should contact the local Free Church Presbytery. 

If he lives in Scotland he should get in touch with his nearest local Presbytery.  If he is not resident in Scotland, this should be to a Free Church Presbytery where he is known.

He should then submit the Application for Admission as a Minister of the Free Church of Scotland form to the Presbytery.

Presbytery will obtain the necessary References for review by its members.  The applicant will then be called for interview by Presbytery.

Should the Presbytery decide to support the application, it will complete the form and sent it along with the References to the Clerk of the Board of Ministry.  

At this point, the Board will arrange for a further interview and possible participation in the annual Assessment Day.  Following this, the Board will make a recommendation or otherwise to the Free Church’s General Assembly or Commission of Assembly.

Download the Minister Application Form