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Developing Your MAP

Directions for Developing Your Ministry Advancement Portfolio

What is your Ministry Assessment Portfolio (MAP)?

Directios for Developing Your Ministry Advancement Portfolio The MAP is a collection of materials and narratives prepared to describe your ministry or lifelong learning experience and document prior learning. The MAP stresses learning outcomes rather than attendance or participation in events.

The preparation of a Ministry Assessment Portfolio (MAP) will be an educational experience in self-evaluation. It requires you to relate past learning experiences, to educational goals, to exhibit critical self-analysis, and to demonstrate your ability to organize documentation in a clear concise manner.

The University acknowledges credit for prior learning, not just for prior experience. As you begin to assemble and complete the MAP, a constant check should be made to describe learning in addition to experience.

Although the personal MAP will represent learning that is unique to your experience, there is a prescribed format to be followed. It is important that you keep to this format while developing a carefully organized and well-written document. Assessors will evaluate your MAP and must be able to follow it logically and identify substantiating evidence (documentation) easily. This will insure proper college credit for the process.

The MAP consists of these basic components:


This narrative need not be extensive; but, should express at least the what, when and how of your experience. This brief but important narrative should form the basis of your personal testimony.

Explain when you essentially first believed.

Romans 10:9-13 "if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who is rich to all who call upon him. For “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved”.


This narrative should examine the nature, purpose and method of your calling into ministry. Describe the calling God placed upon your heart. Explain how you answered the call and what you have been doing with it.

Are you a worker who humbly and contritely works for the Lord in a capacity to be a servant in ministry? Or, are you called to a specific position as described in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 & 28

for to one is given the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge, to another faith, to another gifts of healings, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.…. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations. In: Romans 12:7-8 gifts of ministering; teaching; he who exhorts, he who gives, he who shows mercy.


The Mission/Vision statement identifies where you intend for your ministry to be in the future or where it should be to best meet the needs of its intended members. It should incorporate an understanding of the nature and purpose of the ministry and use this understanding to move the ministry toward a greater purpose.Write a declaration of the role or purpose by which you or your organization intends to serve its members. It should describe in detail:

  • What your ministry or organization does – current capabilities
  • Whom it serves
  • What makes your ministry or organization unique – justification for existence
  • Prepare a Ministry Business Plan


A chronological record of your Education, Work or Ministry experiences to the present time.

  • Name of schools, employers or ministries
  • Contact information
  • Position held or course of study
  • Duties performed
  • Relate duties to specific learning experiences
  • Describe the knowledge and skills acquired
  • Give dates of service or attendance


Provide the following documentation:

  • Certificates (description the time and requirements to earn each certificate)
  • Transcripts
  • Awards (description the time and requirements to earn each award)
  • Degrees
  • Workshop Completion Certificates (Include hours of attended, reading & writing assignments)
  • Books and materials you have read (Author, Title, Topic and Approximate number of pages)

Also, provide copies of works you have produced, such as:

  • Published Articles
  • Published Reports
  • Published Books or written works
  • Courses of study you have developed
  • Professional Photographs
  • Teaching or Training CD’s or DVD's
  • Music or Lyrics you have written
  • Art Work, Crafts or Designs you have developed


Submit three personal reference letters – including one clergy, one business colleague and one friend (not a relative)

Throughout this process you will realize just how rewarding it is to re-acquaint yourself with past learning experiences. The systemic, methodical arrangement required for comprising your life into an orderly system is an education in itself. Your MAP-PAC development qualifies as a 3 credit hour course.

As you gather and document your information, you will be mapping the pieces of your life; which, God has used to prepare you for your calling.

We are looking forward to completing this process with you.

Please contact the Registrar’s office with questions or comments.

Office Phone: (602) 224-1161
Dr. Karen Drake's Phone: (480) 998-9980
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