Outcomes & Competencies

Ministerial Self-Awareness & Demeanor

  • Functions in a manner that respects the physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries of others.

  • Articulate ways in which one’s feelings, attitudes, values, and assumptions affect one’s ministerial presence & behavior.

  • Can identify and discuss major life events, relationships, and cultural contexts that influence personal and ministerial identity.

  • Demonstrates professional ministerial demeanor; such as appropriate interpersonal dynamics, appropriate body language, and skillful awareness and handling of emotions during stressful situations.

Religious Understanding & Inclusiveness

  • Articulates a personal understanding of the Buddhist tradition, demonstrating competent understanding of essential Buddhist concepts, themes, and symbols.

  • Demonstrates respect for different perspectives, beliefs, world-views, and faith orientations.

  • Avoids imposing one’s own convictions, beliefs, opinions, assumptions, projections, or cultural values.

  • Understands different faith communities and spiritual traditions and actively promotes interfaith and multi-faith community.

Religious Teaching & Ceremonial Ministry

  • Demonstrates competency in the construction and delivery of inspired and relevant discourses that promote personal wholeness and social equality.

  • Demonstrates fluency and elegance in performance of appropriate denominational liturgies and services.

  • Has basic skills and can identify resources for creating and officiating personalized liturgies and rituals such as weddings, memorials, and interfaith events.

  • Demonstrates an ability and eagerness to develop, coordinate, and facilitate/teach public spiritual practices and classes appropriate to diverse settings and needs.

Responsible Leadership

  • Understands power dynamics and imbalances and exercises ministerial authority appropriately.

  • Respects confidentiality and works to build and maintain trust.

  • Respects the integrity and welfare of all persons, refrains from disparagement, and avoids any and all types of exploitation, including emotional and sexual exploitation.

  • Demonstrates awareness and understanding of how persons, social conditions, systems, and structures affect one’s own life and the lives of others and can skillfully address these issues in ministerial practice.

  • Demonstrates an awareness personal ministerial strengths and proactively addresses ministerial ineptitudes.

  • Shows dependability, reliability, and punctuality in fulfillment of duties and responsibilities.

  • Adheres and abides by denominational and/or a professional code of ethics.

Skillful & Healing Communication

  • Demonstrates the ability to be present, attentive, and receptive so that the other persons feel understood and valued.

  • Uses inclusive and sensitive language when working with others and is supportive of all individuals and communities.

  • Integrates and embodies Buddhist prescriptions on wholesome and wise speech and communication.

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing at a professional level.

Ministerial & Interpersonal Dynamics

  • Able to identify and articulate understanding of group & family system dynamics.

  • Works skillfully with the projections that one receives from others while avoiding projecting one’s own insecurities.

  • Consciously and continuously monitors for personal patterns of defensiveness, and can identify various types and levels of specific defense mechanisms.

  • Recognizes various conditions and manifestations of addictive behaviors and the impact those behaviors have on others.


  • Ability to attend to one’s own physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

  • Possesses and utilizes appropriate coping techniques when triggered by various situations, and specifically ministerial situations.

  • Establishes healthy personal and professional boundaries with self and others.

  • Demonstrates a willingness to seek counsel and assistance when necessary.