International Ministerial Fellowship

Serving Those Who Serve Others

Clergy Credential Types

Ordained Minister

An Ordained Minister's credential is provided to those persons who have, "an established and proven ministry." Such persons are not only authorized to perform sacerdotal services, but are also required to be performing sacerdotal services on a regular or ongoing basis.

Requirements

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership. Be recommended for ordination by your pastor, church elders or other approved religious leaders.
  • Be recommended by your peers in Christian ministry.
  • Demonstrate a level of biblical and theological proficiency.
  • Have an established and proven ministry (this may include a transfer of ordination from another recognized church, fellowship or denomination).
  • Be performing sacerdotal services on a regular or ongoing basis.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Credentials Committee.

 

Licensed Minister

A Licensed Minister's credential is a credential which is provided to persons who have some biblical and theological training ministry experience but need further knowledge or experience in order to be fully established. Such persons are authorized to perform all sacerdotal services.

Requirements

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership.
  • Be recommended for licensing by your pastor or another pastor of an established congregation.
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of biblical and theological proficiency.
  • Be recommended for licensing by your peers in Christian ministry.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Membership, Rostering and Ecclesiastical Endorsement Review Board.

Normally, a person will serve at least two years with a Licensed Minister's credential before being considered for the next credential in the ministry track offered by IMF. The next credential in the ministry track is the Ordained Minister's credential.

 

Commissioned Minister

The Commissioned Minister endorsement is for those who have some biblical and theological education or training, who serve a church or in evangelism, outreach ministries or community service organizations under recognized ministry leadership or mentoring. They are authorized to perform all sacerdotal services.

Requirements

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership.
  • Be recommended for licensing by your pastor or another pastor of an established congregation.
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of biblical and theological proficiency.
  • Be recommended for licensing by your peers in Christian ministry.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Credentials Committee.

 

Special Ministry License

Those who have a clear call to Christian ministry in the local church or a recognized para-church organization who do not have a call to pulpit ministry, but serve in directly-related support ministry with biblical and theological education demonstrating spiritual gifts and ministry skills under recognized ministry leadership. They are authorized to perform all sacerdotal services under the authority and leadership of their Senior Pastor of the local church.

Requirements:

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership.
  • Be recommended for Special Ministry License by your pastor or another pastor of an established congregation.
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of biblical and theological knowledge.
  • Be recommended for Special Ministry License by your peers in Christian ministry.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Credentials Committee.

 

Spiritual Elder

Those who have been appointed to serve as ministers of Missional Communities in association with International Ministerial Fellowship. They are authorized to bless and serve Holy Communion as well as perform all sacerdotal services. Their authority is limited to ministry functions performed for the designated Missional Community and their families that are members of the Community.

Requirements:

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Credentials Committee.

 

Licensed to Preach

A Licensed to Preach credential is provided to persons who have little or no ministry experience, who are to be supervised under the tutelage of a mentoring Pastor. Such persons are authorized to preach and to assist a Senior Pastor or other staff pastors in any way that they can, in order to begin to get some exposure to Christian ministry.  However, they are not authorized to perform any sacerdotal services.

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership.
  • Be recommended to be Licensed to Preach by your pastor or another pastor of an established congregation.
  • Enter into a mentoring agreement with your Senior Pastor.
  • Enroll in an approved biblical or theological training program.
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of biblical and theological knowledge.
  • Be recommended to be Commissioned to Preach by your peers in Christian ministry.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Membership, Rostering and Ecclesiastical Endorsement Review Board.

Normally, a person will serve at least one year with a Commission to Preach credential before being considered for the next credential in the ministry track offered by IMF. The next credential in the ministry track is the Licensed Minister's credential.