The main purpose of this exercise was to develop an improved model of ministerial and
spiritual formation in the training of ministers in the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern
Africa at the University of Pretoria. This is a perennial problem in many churches where there
is a general dissatisfaction with the products, (i.e. ministers) not only in terms of personal
spirituality but in their inability to minister effectively in the many diverse situations to which
they are called or appointed. The exercise of power becomes an issue in a vocation which is
premised on servant ministry and so Juvenal’s quotation is apt as it is expressed as ‘Who can
be trusted with authority/power?’.