The integrity of the capital “C” Church is one that we must protect and defend at all cost. Our credentialing process is designed to do just that.
As a new church planter or pastor we will walk alongside you as you go through the process of finding out what it means to carry the title of Pastor. We’ll challenge you to think through parts of ministry you may have never experienced and help you see your blindspots.
Our credentialing is also an amazing process available to any of your staff or team that your church wants to ordain.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Establish membership in a local Missionary Church
Counsel with your pastor and regional, district or network leadership as to the nature and condition of your call from God to the ministry.
Receive an official recommendation from the board of your local church.
Submit a completed Application for Ministerial License Part I for consideration by your regional, district or network leadership.
*Applicants living in an area where there is no Missionary Church must comply with steps 2 &3 immediately above.
WHO DO I CONTACT?
Below is a list of our Region, District and Network Leaders.
If you are unsure who the Missionary Church leadership for your location is, please contact the Missionary Church Headquarters (260-747-2027) and speak to a representative in Generate.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?
Ministers are men and women called of God to serve the church in an official leadership capacity who normally have special education for such a ministry, whose leadership roles are certified through licensure or ordination, and who receive financial remuneration for their services.
This includes ministers such as pastors, evangelists, Christian education or youth ministers, chaplains, or persons directly involved in the theological training of people for ministry.
Ministers must meet the following qualifications.
GIFTS OF LEADERSHIP
Gifts of leadership confirmed by the church of which they are members.
HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
A high school diploma or its equivalent.
Additional education as set forth in the description of licensed and ordained ministers.
Note: Special consideration may be given after consultation with the candidate, the regional, district or network leadership, and the president or his representative.
Participation in and completion of a Pastoral Orientation of the Missionary Church.
ARTICLES OF FAITH & PRACTICE
A commitment to hold and to teach the denominational “Articles of Faith and Practice”.
SUPPORT THE PROGRAMS
A commitment to support the programs of the Missionary Church.
A commitment to communicate by word and example a Christian worldview and lifestyle as reflected in the Missionary Church Constitution and Manual;
Membership in a local Missionary Church unless otherwise approved by the regional, district or network leadership due to extenuating circumstances.
6. All credentialed ministers are required to attend their regional, district or network conference when they meet unless there are extenuating circumstances which are reported to and approved by the leadership of that entity prior to conference.
It is the policy of the Missionary Church not to license or ordain a person who has been divorced, divorced and remarried, or married to a person who has been divorced. In cases where there are extenuating circumstances, application may be made to the regional, district or network leadership and upon a 75% vote of that body, a recommendation may be sent to the General Board which shall appoint a special commission to thoroughly investigate the case and give approval or disapproval.
LICENSED VS. ORDAINED
Licensed Minsters are those whose ministerial calling and gifts have been formally recognized by Missionary Church leadership, through the granting of a ministerial license, authorizing them for and appointing them to actual service in the ministry, subject to supervision and evaluation, as a step toward ordination.
The applicant shall be reviewed and recommended by the regional, district or network leadership. Applicants must have completed a minimum course of study consisting of:
- Pastoral Orientation of the Missionary Church
and at least one course in each of the following:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Biblical or Systematic Theology
- Practical Ministry Theology
- Biblical Interpretation
Ordained Minsters are ministers whose calling, gifts, and usefulness have been demonstrated and enhanced by proper training and experience, and who have been separated to the service of Christ by the regional, district or network leadership and by the solemn act of ordination and thus have been fully invested with all the functions of the Christian ministry.
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Please complete application and return as an attachment to the Missionary Church regional, district or network leadership.
* For use in the United States only. Those from other countries should contact Tami Swymeler.
You may pay for your Missionary Church background/credit check with your PayPal account or with a credit or debit card. Clicking the button below will transfer you.
COMPLETE & RETURN THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS