International Ministerial Fellowship

Serving Those Who Serve Others

Certified Christian Worker

A Certified Christian Worker is a credential which is issued to lay persons who are called by God as helpers. Certified Christian Workers are not authorized to perform any sacerdotal services.

Requirements:

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership.
  • Be recommended to be a Christian Worker by your pastor or another pastor of an established congregation.
  • Be recommended to be a Christian Worker by your peers in Christian ministry.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Membership, Rostering and Ecclesiastical Endorsement Review Board.


Lay Pastor

A Lay Pastor’s credential is provided to one who is called to Christian service and labors along side a senior clergy person, makes hospital calls, prays for the sick, provides pastoral care and counseling, but does not preach, teach or administer the sacraments (ordinances) except under direct supervision of a clergy person. IMF members who are credentialed as a Lay Pastor have successfully completed the IMF approved Lay Pastors Ministries Course.

Requirements

  • Meet the general requirements for general membership.
  • Be recommended for Lay Pastor credential by your Senior Pastor or by an established congregation.
  • Complete the IMF Lay Pastoral Certification Course.
  • Be recommended for Lay Pastor ministry by your peers in Christian service.
  • Other criteria as determined by the Membership, Rostering and Ecclesiastical Endorsement Review Board.

Normally, a person will serve as a Lay Pastor under an experienced Senior Pastor for as long as the position is continued within the participating congregation. The credentials may be maintained through a relocation to a new congregation as long as the new Senior Pastor endorses the lay ministry program.