TWENTY-TWO probationary ministers are preparing for a lifetime of service as ministers of the word and sacrament.
The 22 have completed their periods of training and probationary field work and were yesterday accepted to be ordained by the ministerial session of the conference, the Bose ko Viti.
Church communication secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said a full term of probation was usually six years during which time the probationary minister must study at a theological college and serve in a pastoral appointment.
He said they also sat annual examinations or completed annual assignments, and were assessed annually on their preaching and ministerial work.
"They will be ordained this Sunday at the Centenary Church during worship services which will also farewell delegates to the conference and those retiring or completing service," Mr Bhagwan said.
Fourteen confirmed catechists also successfully completed their candidature for the ministry.
He said the 14 had completed the lay pastor's course and served for at least two years to be eligible as a catechist.
"Following an appearance and approval by the annual meeting of their division, they sat the candidate's examination and scored the highest out of about 300 other hopefuls.
"They will now either enter Davuilevu Theological College for three years of training, or if they have had prior training, will be sent into the field for the duration of their probationary period."
The annual conference, which entered its third day yesterday, will end tomorrow.