The pastor recommendation is only required for Tacoma-Seattle students who wish to apply to Northwest University, as part of Northwest's regular college application. The form must be completed online by a pastor or Christian youth worker (i.e., youth group or YoungLife leader) familiar with the applicant's Christian faith journey. The applicant provides a name and email address, and an email invitation is sent to the recommender, who must then submit the form online by the application deadline. The following questions are asked on the pastor recommendation:
How long have you known the applicant and in what context?
How well do you know the applicant (very well, well, casually)?
Does the applicant know Christ as personal Savior and Lord (yes, no, unknown)?
Does the applicant demonstrate Christ in his/her life (yes, no, unknown)? Please describe.
Describe the applicant's leadership ability (exceptional ability, good ability, makes some effort to lead, prefers to follow).
What goals does the applicant have?
What are the applicant's strong points (including special abilities)?
What is your opinion of the applicant's level of social readiness for university life (highly enthusiastic, strong, moderate, hesitant, negative, no knowledge)?
On a scale of 1 to 4 (1=low, 4=high), rate
the applicant in the following areas: honesty
and personal integrity, attitude toward
schoolwork, emotional stability, attitude toward
authority, ability to make friends, ability to
adapt, judgment, dependability, concern for
Further comments you may have regarding the applicant?
Northwest University holds that certain standards of conduct are unfitting for a Christian (see Galatians 5:19-21). Do you feel the applicant would have problems adjusting to the University with regard to any of these areas (yes, no)?
Offer your overall recommendation (recommend, recommend with reservation, do not recommend).