Ministry Credentials

MINISTERIAL CREDENTIALS OFFERED THROUGH THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN CANADA (Christian Disciples) INCLUDE:

 

* Licensing and Ordination

* Certified Pastoral Counselor

* Certified Christian Worker

Ministerial Credentials offered through the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples) is a partnership between the local church and the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada in Canada (Christian Disciples) in which the God-given leadership gifts (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher) a believer is exercising are recognized. These leadership gifts may be exercised in any number of roles, such as: local churches, house-church networks, small groups, evangelism, missionaries, prison, hospital, police, military, hospice, and transport for Christ chaplaincy, Senior pastor, music directors, counselors, children and youth pastors, assistant pastors, bi-vocational pastors and ministers, funeral directors, Para church ministries, and music directors. These roles can be found in para-church organizations, market place ministries, counseling agencies, parachurch ministries, which are found as ministries in the local church, and also those who work and minister in other denominations.

The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples) ministerial credentials enables the local church and this fellowship to affirm the Christian character, testimony, and spiritual maturity of its clergy, and to extend authority to those who minister in the exercising of servant leadership within the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples). Ministerial credentials affirms the presence of spiritual qualities of leadership as found in the New testament pattern of the church. This spiritual covering extends legal status in exercise of the person's ministry which marks the completion of preliminary and preparatory steps for a person and a progression beyond a license. Its also testifies the concurrence of the minister and the denominational body affirming the gift-mix of the servant, continuity in ministry, and a level of maturity achieved. The ecclesiastical body of the General Assembly of the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples) is made up of clergy who are serving other denominational and independent church bodies, and fellowships while holding ministerial credentials with the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples).

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR MINISTERIAL CREDENTIALS

Certified Christian Worker Covenant

In some special cases, we will issue an individual a "Certified Christian Worker" certificate. This is done only when requested by a pastor or mentor on behalf of someone whom they feel has a potential calling on their life, and is making preparation to fulfill that calling. It acknowledges their willingness to work in ministry under the supervision of the pastor and the local church leadership, until such time they are recommended for regular ministerial credentials or meet the requirements of the Credentials Standing Committee. Christian Worker credentials may be issued to a person who has a call on his/her life to work for the Lord. Those candidates who are found as a Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Church Administrator, Hospital or Nursing Home Ministry, House-to-House Visitation, Altar Worker, Street and Jail Ministry, or an other ministry may be approved by the Credentials Standing Committee for this credential.

License Covenant

A license will be granted to persons who are engaged in pastoring, preaching or evangelizing. Those who have been licensed by a recognized organization or denomination will also meet that requirement. If possible, applicants should submit copies of a former license when applying to the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada. License granted by the Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) in Canada entitles the holder to perform all the church functions, including baptism, burial services, the Lord's Supper, and allows them to also use the title "Reverend." The license holder is not authorized to perform the marriage ceremony unless it is granted on a temporary basis at the discretion of the Credentials Standing Committee.

Ordination Covenant

See full size imageThe Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) in Canada considers ordination to be a very serious ordinance. If the applicant is an ordained minister, then a copy or other proof of ordination must accompany the application during the time of interview. If the candidate is not ordained from a recognized denomination, and is seeking ordination, the main requirements that the Credentials Standing Committee will be looking for will be found in the areas of Christian maturity, experience in ministry, and Biblical training. The candidate must meet all the requirements of the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples). This can only be determined at the time of the interview with the candidate. Only credentials obtained through a recognized organization or denomination will be considered for transfer. All documents must be submitted to the Ministerial Examination Committee. Candidates for ordination will be also be accepted upon Christian maturity and show that their activities and training is needed for this important status.

Certified Pastoral Counselor

The Certified Pastoral Counselor certificate is the recognition of qualified pastoral mental health service provider where individuals must develop and maintain skills in two distinct areas - counseling and ministry. The candidate must hold an ordination certificate from a reputable denomination or organization, and must have the necessary counseling education, or be willing to take an intense certificate course from Waterloo Bible College. (The candidate must be ordained to qualify for this credential).

Application Form

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  Application for Ministerial Credentials